At Cheshire Cat Clinic, we can maximize our aging cat's quality of life with early detection of disease and identify processes of disease long before the actual disease is present. Early detection helps protect your pet and extends the joy a healthy life brings to you and your cat.
|A comprehensive physical examination by the veterinarian is a good place to start. Because cat's age more rapidly compared to humans, it is recommended to bring your older feline for wellness exams every 6 months. Laboratory tests can help detect changes early, before disease progresses.
What do all of these laboratory tests mean? Read more here.
**Please see our September Senior Special shown on the left side of this newsletter.
Q: What are the common diseases of senior cats?
A: Kidney disease, diabetes, hyperthyroidism, inflammatory bowel disease, dental disease, arthritis, obesity, heart disease, liver disease, high blood pressure, and cancer.
Q: My cat is healthy. Why should we do blood work?
A: Cats may appear well despite underlying disease and be compensating until they can no longer do so then are brought in acutely (and sometimes severely) ill. Early detection of disease often results in easier disease management and better quality of life; it is less costly and more successful than crisis management.
Q: What are some changes in my senior cat that I might see?
A: Changes in usual behaviors and routines.
Changes in interactions with humans and other pets.
Activity changes such as sleeping patterns, jumping, wandering, reacting to being handled, and ability to navigate to preferred places.
Vocalization (especially yowling at night).
Changes in litter box habits.
Eating and drinking (amount and behavior); vomiting or signs of nausea
Stool quality (number, volume, consistency, odor, color)
Hearing or vision loss (decreased responsiveness, increased vocalization).
Weight loss or gain
Difficulty walking, jumping, stiffness
Difficulty breathing, coughing, sneezing
Lumps or bumps on skin
Read more about The Special Needs of the Senior Cat on the Cornell University Feline Health Center web site here.