Senior Care; What to Expect as Your Cat Ages

Senior Care; What to Expect as Your Cat Ages

Cats today are living well into their teens and beyond, but they are considered elderly at 10 years old and will age at the rate of 5 human years annually. Geriatric cats can suffer from health issues such as arthritis, kidney disease, diabetes, thyroid problems, cancer, and senility. Kidney failure is a leading cause of death in senior cats. We may recommend a specially formulated diet as your kitty enters its senior years. 

Hyperthyroidism and diabetes are also common health challenges, as are skin problems. Arthritis is prevalent in older cats but can be difficult to recognize because cats tend to hide the pain. Dental disease is common, and regular cleanings will be critical to your cat's comfort. 

What cat owners notice most may be changes in behavior. As with humans, senior cats often experience some loss of vision, hearing, and sense of smell. They may move and respond more slowly and may miss the litter box on occasion. Older felines may experience cognitive dysfunction leading to confusion or anxiety, especially in response to any changes in routine. Providing a stable and comfortable environment and practicing patience are the best ways to help your Kitty.

The good news is that most geriatric conditions can be managed if diagnosed early. Remember that your cat is aging much faster than humans do. You wouldn't want to wait five years in between doctor's visits at this age, and neither should your cat. Senior kitties need to see us at least twice annually so we can detect illness early on. 

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