Senior Cat Care
How your pet's needs change.
Senior cats should be seen twice each year once they reach age 8. Cats age much more rapidly than people, at an approximate five to one ratio. At the tender age of 13, your cat is eligible to receive his full Social Security benefit! Old age is certainly not a disease, but old age precipitates disease. Dental disease, heart disease, diabetes, hyperthyroidism, and many cancers are more common in older patients. Most are NOT life-threatening, not even “quality” of life threatening if discovered and treated in the early part of the cat’s senior years.
Senior wellness visits routinely include an EKG. It’s a simple, painless test that records the heart’s electrical activity. With each heartbeat, an electrical signal spreads from the top of the heart to the bottom. As it travels, the signal causes the heart to contract and pump blood. The process repeats with each new heartbeat.
Some conditions that typically affect senior pets include:
- Thyroid imbalances
- Behavioral changes
- Mobility issues
- Kidney, heart, and liver disease
- Tumors and cancer
Luckily, many age-related health conditions can be prevented or managed via medication and/or treatment. Our goal is to keep your cat happy and healthy well into their golden years and we can do that by addressing their needs on an individual basis.
If you have questions about how often we should see your senior cat or you’d like to schedule an appointment, please call us at (303) 663-2287.