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Our sweet senior cats

It's been a good life with you
Karla Kirby

Senior cats are indeed special felines. The relationships they have with us, their human companions run deep and truly valuable. However, our older cats are more vulnerable to many different conditions and diseases... The highly respected American Association of Feline Practitioners for Feline Senior Care recommends twice yearly examinations, blood work to test for many of their more general conditions, blood pressure measurement and urinalysis.

Felines these days are living longer, healthier lives than they ever have. With preventive medicine programs, and improved healthcare, and better food, more and more cats live to their upper teens and early twenties. Since changes in body condition and daily behaviors can be minor, we must depend on vigilant observations and we must be the ones watching like a hawk.

A geriatric wellness program for all cats nine years and older must be given to help distinguish and treat diseases in the early hours. These diseases can be treated most successfully when detected in their early phases. Frequent signs of geriatric diseases encompass weight loss, change in appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, increased thirst, lethargy, change in elimination manners, and failure to use the litter box. Bring these and any other observations about your cat to your veterinarian’s attention.

Beginning at 9-10 years of age has an annual complete physical examination and an annual geriatric blood panel & urine sample for your cat. This inspection and testing starts a professional screening process for general geriatric diseases and allows your veterinarian to assess your cat's blood chemistries, blood cell count, and major organ systems.

For felines 11 years and beyond have a physical examination twice a year. Body weight measurement is closely monitored because kitty is becoming more and more vulnerable.Changes are detected on physical examination and body weight measurement by monitoring older felines very closely. Blood Pressure is also assessed. Just like their human friends, cats can suffer from high blood pressure. Some of the causes are heart disease, hyperthyroidism, and chronic renal failure. Every cat over the age of eleven should have their blood pressure checked... It is an uncomplicated, non-intruding and painless procedure.

If your senior cat is diagnosed with health problems a quarterly examination is highly suggested. Semi-Annual geriatric urine and blood panel and sample tests help maintain or adjust your feline’s treatment plan. Semi-Annual Blood Pressure assessments are recommended for cats with certain diseases are at a much higher risk of developing hypertension.

After all you want your kitty to be around for as long as possible.