Similar to humans, with age, cats can develop serious health complications. Our cats are living longer and longer, due to advances in food and medical care. Proper and early detection of these health conditions promotes a longer and healthier life.
What are the stages of a senior cat’s life? How to spot signs of ageing?
At approximately 7 years of age, cats are considered geriatric (senior) and their needs start to change. Things to consider are less interest in play, increased sleeping time, joint stiffness and increased vocalization.
My senior cat is losing weight, what can I do?
As your cat ages, it can be at risk for kidney disease and muscle wastage. They are also at higher risk for thyroid conditions. If your cat is losing weight, we recommend scheduling a senior wellness exam and speaking with your veterinarian to determine the causes of weight loss.
What are some tips on how to care for my senior cat?
Your cat should be on a senior appropriate diet. We also recommend trimming their nails and assisting them with their grooming regularly. Adapting their environment to their needs, such as senior-friendly ramps or stairs for their mobility issues.
What are some common health issues experienced by senior cats?
Arthritis, thyroid disease, kidney disease and diabetes are some common age-related issues that affect senior cats.
Why is my senior cat having behavioural issues?
The first thing to rule out is a medical reason behind behavioural changes. We recommend you make an appointment with your veterinarian to discuss these changes.