As your cats reach a certain age, her health, nutrition, and way of living might be changed. According to the fact that cats do not really show if they suffer or no, they try to hide their diseases. That is why your main goal as an owner to be an observant and to check on your pet more often than you used to. It is not true to say that cats are as old as they feel as there is a clarification of the cats’ age.
- Mature to middle-aged: 7 to 10 years
- Senior: 11 to 14 years
- Geriatric: 15+ years
Older cat gets, more of care and support she needs. Because your cat’s immune system isn’t quite as resilient as it once was, it’s important for you, the conscientious cat parent, to keep an eye out for any signs of developing health issues. Here are a few of the more common senior health issues to watch for.
- Cognitive disorders
- Dental disease
- Diabetes mellitus
- Heart disease
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Kidney disease
- Retinal disease/vision problems
The same as it does on humans, the number of visit to the vet should increase along with the age of the cat. Make sure, you visit a doctor at least once in 6 months to examine and get all of the tests done. A routine exam should also include the following tests to check your cat for signs of illness:
- Blood pressure
- CBC (complete blood count)
- CHEM screen (liver and kidney function)
- T4 (thyroid function)
Also, keep in mind that cats will hide their diseases. So it is your responsibility to keep an eye on the overall condition of the feline, signs of injuries. For example, unexpected loss of weight or maybe gain might be signs of an early stage of the illness.Weight management itself can be a major health issue.
Don’t think that just because your cat gets more frequent veterinary exams that you can cut back on your routine wellness care such as parasite protection, dental care, nutritional management, and vaccinations. These routine preventive measures continue to be important as your pet ages.
Bear in mind, that all of the senior cats ( well, the same as humans) become not as fast as they were, not as strong as they used to be. That is why make your pet comfortable in reaching her litterbox, food, water. If she has difficulties with reaching to this necessary places, buy a smaller or comfier litterbox, put the water and food dishes closer to the cat’s house or the favorite area of the feline.
Please don’t forget to give your cat plenty of attention and care!