Caring for Your Senior Cat
that cats, like people, are living longer.
This is great news! We all
treasure the companionship we share with our pets. We also hope to provide them the longest, happiest
and healthiest lives possible. It may
seem like only yesterday when you brought home a bright, bouncy kitten. However, by seven years, your cat has entered
middle age, at 12 years old, we consider cats to be “elderly,” and at 15 or
above, the term ‘aged’ could even apply.
In reality, old
age is never just a number but rather a measure of the effects of aging on the
body. Many variables affect aging,
including genetics, nutrition, and environment.
Although good genes remain a matter of luck, there are growing numbers
of ways we can ‘slow the clock’ and promote healthful, long lives for our
pets. As your cat ages, changes in
behavior and physical condition inevitably occur. Body systems begin to slow down, the coat and
skin change, joints stiffen, the senses are less keen. Just as in people, several diseases increase
in likelihood as cats age. Kidney
disease, heart disease, thyroid problems, diabetes, arthritis, and cancer are
common. The good news is that many of
these conditions can be controlled or even prevented with early detection and
treatment. This is where pet owners,
working closely with their veterinarian, can make such a significant difference
for their pets.
We love to work
with pet owners who have the need to care for the Senior Pets. If you have questions, please give us a call
at 598 2512. We’re here to help - both
you and your pet. Happy Holidays to all from Pearson’s Animal Hospital.