We love our older patients. The relationships they have with you, their human companions are deep and precious. But our older cats are more susceptible to many different diseases and conditions. We follow the recommendations of the American Association of Feline Practitioners for Feline Senior Care. This includes twice yearly examinations, blood work to check for many of their more common conditions, urinalysis and blood pressure measurement.
Geriatric Wellness Program
Cats today are living longer, healthier lives than ever before. With improved healthcare and preventive medicine programs, we are seeing more and more cats live to their upper teens and early twenties. Because changes in body condition and daily behaviors can be subtle, we rely on careful observations by you, their caretakers.
The Cat Care Clinic recommends a geriatric wellness program for all cats nine years and older to help recognize and treat diseases as early as possible. These diseases can be treated most effectively when detected in their early stages. Common signs of geriatric diseases include vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, change in appetite, increased thirst, lethargy, change in elimination behavior, and failure to use the litter box. We encourage you to bring any other observations about your cat to our attention. Our goal is to work with you and use the tools available in modern veterinary medicine to maintain the highest quality of life for your cat.
We offer the following recommendations:
Starting At 9-10 Years of Age
This examination and testing begins our screening process for common geriatric diseases and allows us to evaluate your cat's blood cell count, blood chemistries, and major organ systems. We are able to establish baseline values that we can monitor as your cat grows older.
11 Years Old & Beyond
Physical examination every 6 months - We hope to detect changes on physical examination and body weight measurement by monitoring our oldest patients very closely.
Annual geriatric blood panel & urine sample - We continue the monitoring process for common geriatric diseases detectable through these tests.
Blood Pressure assessment- Like their human counterparts, cats can suffer from high blood pressure (hypertension). Some causes are hyperthyroidism, heart disease and chronic renal failure. All cats over the age of eleven should have their blood pressure checked during their yearly visit. It is a simple non-invasive and non-painful procedure.
Older Cats With Diagnosed Health Problems
Physical examination every 6 months - and possibly quarterly if closer disease monitoring is needed.
Semi-Annual geriatric blood panel & urine sample - These tests help us maintain or adjust your cat's treatment plan.
Semi-Annual Blood Pressure assessment - Cats with certain diseases are at a higher risk of developing hypertension.
This comprehensive plan for our geriatric population helps ensure high quality medical care for this special group of cats. We encourage you to bring any concerns regarding your geriatric cat's health and lifestyle to our attention. We look forward to working with you and your older cat.
Common Diseases of Older Cats
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