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 […]

Danger Signs In The Geriatric Cat

Take your cat to the veterinarian immediately if you notice any of the following danger signs exhibited by your geriatric cat. Loss of weight or appetite. Difficulty moving about or weakness. Rapid, labored breathing, coughing, or shortness of breath. Change in her bowel function with constipation or diarrhea. An increase in thirst and/or frequency of […]

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 […]