Once your cat reaches 11 years of age, it is considered to be a senior cat. The good news is that with simple monitoring and care many cats are living into their late teens and some reach into their 20′s.
As your cat ages, it is important to monitor for illness and treat promptly to help them live a long, healthy and happy life.
The American Association of Feline Practitioners has produced a set of guidelines for the monitoring of senior cats that both owners and veterinarians can follow to help our older cats enjoy those golden years.
The American Association of Feline Practitioners Senior Care Guidelines recommends all healthy cats 11 years of age and older:
- Have veterinary examinations every 6 months. This allows us to pick up subtle changes
like weight loss early in disease processes. 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.
- Have a yearly blood screening. This monitors for diseases including hyperthyroidism,
diabetes and kidney disease. Blood screening also monitors for anemia and changes in
white blood cell counts.
- Have yearly urinalysis. To check for signs of infection and use in conjunction with blood
results to monitor for kidney disease.
- Have a minimum of yearly blood pressure monitoring. If the senior cat has an illness known
to contribute to hypertension (ex. kidney or thyroid disease) more frequent monitoring is warranted.
At Cats Preferred we are pleased to assist you with the management of your cat’s health through these golden years.
We offer a senior cat testing discount package that can be added to any wellness visit.