Senior Feline Care at Akaal Pet Hospital in Citrus Heights
The good news is that cats today are living longer than they ever have. But, at some point, the cuddly kitten you brought home in a shoebox will be a senior citizen, requiring specialized attention. By being proactive about your senior cat's needs, you can ensure they age well.
How often should I take my cat to the vet?
Health problems in cats develop much more quickly than they do in humans. Once your cat is 7 they are considered a 'senior,' and we recommend twice annual vet visits, which is about the equivalent of a doctor's checkup once every two to three years for a human. About 18 percent of cats have diseases that are only detected through labwork, which we recommend for all our senior cats. Our labwork detects anemia, diabetes, infection, inflamation and diseases of the heart, intestines, kidneys, pancreas and the kidneys.
What are signs I should take my cat to the vet?
As your cat ages, it is important to keep a closer eye on their mood and behavior. Here are some signs your cat may need to come see one of our veterinarians:
- Changes in activity level, appetite, weight, attitude, sleep pattern, water consumption or urination routine
- Confusion or disorientation
- Constipation, diahreah, incontinence or vomiting
- Coughing, heavy or rapid breathing at rest, sneezing
- Lethargy or depression
- Lumps or bumps under the skin
- Decrease in vision
- Stiffness (trouble jumping, climbing stairs, etc)
How can I help my aging cat?
Our veterinarians at Akaal Pet Hospital in Citrus Heights will, in addition to giving you a full analysis of your cat's health, help you craft a game plan to ensure their home life is happy and healthy. This means we can help your cat with routine grooming needs that get more difficult with age and a special diet for senior cats. Call today! (916) 729-7779