Helping Senior Cats Enjoy Their Golden Years
Cats age faster than we do. While most cats are considered senior around age 7, each pet is different. Regular visits with your veterinarian will allow us to monitor your cat's aging process, and diagnostic testing will properly determine when your pet reaches this golden phase of life.
You may start to notice changes in your cat as he or she ages, such as changes in activity level, appetite, vision, or hearing loss. It is important to inform your veterinarian of such changes so we can further investigate to determine if these are signs of a more serious medical condition. In order to properly monitor your cat's health, changes will be made to his or her veterinary care, including:
- Wellness exams—Up until now, annual wellness exams have been sufficient in meeting the needs of your cat. As he or she enters the golden years, our veterinarians recommend that your pet begin receiving bi-annual wellness exams. This will enable us to perform a complete physical and dental examination, which allows conditions such as dental disease, osteoarthritis, and heart disease to be identified early on so effective treatment can be started.
- Diagnostic testing—In addition to more frequent wellness exams, your cat's veterinarian will also order bi-annual comprehensive blood screening and other diagnostic tests. This testing will allow your veterinarian to note changes in levels or baselines established throughout your pet's life.
Senior Cat Wellness Plan
Our veterinarians have developed a Senor Cat Wellness Plan that includes all recommended preventive and routine care items to help ensure your senior cat continues to lead a healthy and happy life at a cost savings price for you.
- Unlimited examinations/office visits
- All vaccinations recommended by veterinarian
- Intestinal parasite screen (up to two)
- Intestinal parasite deworming (up to two)
- Feline leukemia/FIV test
- Annual heartworm test (as needed)
- Senior screen(including chemistry profile, complete blood count, and electrolytes)
- Complete blood count and chemistry profile
- Urine Analysis (up to two)
- Blood pressure screen (up to two)
- Year-round flea and heartworm preventive
- Minimum annual savings of $365
Senior Cat Nutrition
As your cat ages, he or she may start to experience medical or dental problems. Additional need for supplements, nutrients, or softer food may all require dietary changes. Our staff is trained in nutritional counseling and will be happy to assist you in finding a food that meets your cat's needs.
Keeping Your Senior Cat Comfortable
There are simple changes you can make around your home to make life more comfortable for your senior cat:
- Keep them warm—As your cat ages, he or she may have a harder time maintaining body temperature. Providing extra blankets, towels, or a sweater will assist your pet in staying warm.
- Easy access—Make sure your cat's bed and food are close to the ground and easily accessible, as he or she may have a harder time moving around. In addition, a soft and comfortable bed will help ensure your cat gets a good night's sleep and help ease stiff joints.
- Stairs—If your cat is allowed up on the furniture or on your bed, consider providing steps for him or her to use, as jumping may become more and more difficult.
- Litter pan—Make sure your pet's litter pan is easily accessible and has a low opening with a wide pan for easier entry and exit.