Caring of Old Cat

Caring for Your Cat When They Are on Their Ninth Life

When cats enter their teens and twenties, their pet owners often think that illness is a normal part of aging. This, however, couldn’t be further from the truth. While older cats are at a greater risk of developing chronic disease and experiencing diminished energy, many of the ailments that affect senior felines are treatable and can be easily managed. With the right care, cats in their ninth life can be happy, healthy, and playful!

How to Recognize Signs of Illness in Older Cats

When your cat becomes a senior, it’s important to be able to recognize the signs of illness so that you can get your cat diagnosed and treated right away.
One of the most common signs of illness and pain in older cats (and in animals of any age) is isolation. When cats feel unwell, they instinctively try to mask their pain and discomfort, and as a result, they will often become anti-social and hide away from their family members.
Additional signs of illness in senior cats include:
Ultimately, you know your pet best. Remember that age is not a disease. So, if you suspect something might be wrong, we always recommend following your own instincts and scheduling an appointment with our veterinarian.

When to Bring Your Senior Cat to the Veterinarian

Your senior pet should visit the veterinarian any time you notice any symptoms of illness or unexplained changes in behavior. Senior cats should also visit the veterinarian every six months for a wellness exam and health screening.
During senior pet wellness appointments, we cover the normal bases, providing parasite protection, vaccine boosters, and a physical examination. During senior pet exams, we also recommend regular diagnostic testing to screen pets for early indications of age-related diseases such as diabetes, arthritis, kidney, thyroid and liver disease.
We’ll ensure your pet receives the proper treatment for managing symptoms and slowing the progression of chronic illnesses. We will also provide you with advice regarding age-related lifestyle adjustments to keep your pet healthy throughout the aging process. This might include dietary changes, the addition of nutritional supplements, and modifications to your pet’s surroundings, such as an easy-access litter box, elevated food and water bowls, or an orthopedic pet bed.
To learn more about senior cat care or to schedule an appointment for your golden kitty, we welcome you to contact Tanglewilde Veterinary Clinic today.