Senior cats age much faster than we do and need special care and treatment. At Campbell River Veterinary Hospital, we recommend that our senior cats have a physical exam every six months to watch for any concerns that can creep up. Yearly blood work is also encouraged to ensure a healthy cat and monitor kidney and liver values.
What are the stages of a senior cat’s life? How to spot signs of ageing?
If your cat is sleeping more, not as active, or not eating as much. If you are noticing any of these, please let your veterinarian know.
My senior cat is losing weight, what can I do?
You should schedule an appointment with your veterinarian to discuss the changes in your cat. Your veterinarian will do a physical exam and give you recommendations on a test that should be performed if needed.
What are some tips on how to care for my senior cat?
Consider a life of retirement, keep inside more often if your cats go outside a lot. You may notice that your cat doesn’t want to jump as high as it used to. Also, regular veterinary check-ups.
What are some common health issues experienced by senior cats?
Some concerns for senior cats are kidney diseases, arthritis, dental disease, and hyperthyroidism. Your veterinarian will discuss these with you and determine the best course of action.