Older Cats – Skin, Hair And Nails

As a cat ages, her skin will start to lose elasticity and become dry and thin making her more prone to irritation and infection. To the aging cat, lumps and bumps on and/or under the skin become more common. Her grooming habits will become less conscientious (many times due to other physical ailments such as […]

Common Geriatric Cat Health Problems

The following list, in no particular order, are of common health care problems seen in geriatric cats: Diabetes mellitus Kidney Disease (CRF, chronic renal failure) Hyperthyroidism Cardiomyopathy (heart disease) Skin Tumors Periodontal disease (dental disease) Dietary issues (obesity or special needs) Inflammatory bowel disease Hypertension (high blood pressure)

Schedule Biannual Checkups For Your Senior Cat

Although it is recommended that all cats should be given an annual exam, veterinarians today are now recommending that they should receive biannual (or twice yearly) exams beginning at age seven. Twice-a-year checkups for your aging cat are very important and should be made a top priority in maintaining and prolonging a high-quality life for […]

The Geriatric Cat Checkup

Any cat over the age of seven should receive a complete veterinarian examination at least once a year, twice a year is often preferred. She should be seen by her veterinarian more often if her health is questionable, and if she shows any symptoms see should be seen immediately. Care for older cats is aimed […]

Arthritis

There are different kinds of arthritis. The most common form is osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative joint disease. What this disease does is to cause the cartilage layer on the surface of the joint to deteriorate. Although it may develop as a result to an injury to the joint surface it mostly occurs as a […]

The Feline Aging Process

With cats, their lifestyle affects their life expectancy much more than the type of breed they are does. Well cared for indoor cats stand a much better chance of living to a ripe old age compared to outdoor cats who only see the vet for emergencies. The following is a chart comparing a cat’s age […]