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Senior Cat Care
Once your cat reaches 7 years of age, he or she is considered to be a senior cat. Thanks to advances in veterinary medicine and preventive health care, our feline friends are living longer. As a result, much of a cat’s life is spent as a senior pet.
At Family Pet Hospital of Stone Oak, we understand the special needs of older cats. We have extensive experience with diseases and disorders that could potentially affect your cat’s health as they age. We know which physical and behavioral changes to look for and how to treat the underlying disease process.
In addition, our facility provides a calm, relaxing environment that is specifically designed with your cat’s comfort in mind. Our veterinarians and staff are very experienced treating cats of varying temperaments and moods. We will work with you to ensure that your senior cat receives the care he or she needs.
It is important that all cats have regular check-ups so that any health problems can be detected and treated early, before they become serious. We recommend that our older patients come in at least twice a year, or more often if they have a chronic health condition or are on medication for treatment of a condition that requires careful monitoring.
Senior cats should receive an annual comprehensive blood profile, CBC and thyroid monitoring to ensure that their internal organs are functioning properly. This profile can be compared to previous blood work and should a change in your cat’s values occur, we will be able to investigate it further to determine why and how best to treat it. A urinalysis will also be run to check for changes in kidney function. Renal disease is the most common condition we see in senior cats, so it’s very important to check for this throughout a cat’s life.
Senior Cat Health
As with us, the older our cats get, the more likely they are to experience illness and disease. Some of the most common ailments of senior cats are diabetes, hyperthyroidism, kidney disease, osteoarthritis, and inflammatory bowel disease.
These disorders can sometimes be difficult to diagnose because they share many of the same symptoms and it is not uncommon for a cat to have more than one disease process occurring at the same time. These symptoms may include a change in appetite, weight loss, excessive water consumption, frequent urination, and changes in a cat’s activity level or behavior. Careful monitoring of your cat and advanced veterinary diagnostic tools allow us to provide the kind of quality care necessary to manage these diseases.
Diet plays a key role in a senior cat’s health. Since activity levels and nutritional needs change as a cat ages, it’s important to control the amount and the type of food your cat eats. Obesity is a serious problem among pets and greatly increases the risk of a cat developing diabetes, hepatic lipidosis, or heart disease. Dental issues also are more prominent among senior cats. More than 50% of cats over the age of 3 have some degree of dental disease. We have diets specifically formulated for regular maintenance of senior cats as well as diets for specific ailments. Ask our staff if you have questions regarding which diet is best suited for your cat’s specific requirements.
Dr. Woolley has always gone above and beyond for the care of our family's pets for several years.
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