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Senior Cat Care

Keeping Senior Cats HealthySenior Cat Wellness Comprehensive

  • Physical Examination
  • Blood Pressure Check
  • Complete Blood Count/Differential (can indicate Anemia, Viral and Bacterial infections or inflammation)
  • Chemistry Panel (checks liver and kidney function, glucose level and hydration status)
  • T4 Test (checks for Hyperthyroidism)
  • Chest X-rays (to rule out Cardiomyopathy)
  • Fructosamine Test (screens for Diabetes)
  • Urinalysis (can indicate kidney issues, Diabetes)
  • Package includes a routine deworming

Were You Aware?

  • The average life expectancy of an indoor cat is 15 years
  • Most diseases associated with old age can be treated or slowed down
  • Geriatric Work Ups are recommended annually for cats 10 years of age and older

Senior Cat Care

How To Keep Your Senior Kitty Happy And Healthy

  • Bring your cat for regular veterinary check ups
  • Watch for behavioral and/or physical changes
  • Feed your special kitty a diet tailored to his/her needs
  • Make sure your elderly cat lives in a comfortable environment (climbing stairs and jumping onto high surfaces may pose a problem for some older cats)

Common Diseases in Older Felines

Hyperthyroidism

1. The most common endocrine disorder in felines, caused by elevated circulating levels of thyroid hormones
2. Symptoms may include weight loss, increased appetite, hyperactivity, increased drinking and urinating, vomiting and diarrhea
3. Can be treated (not cured) with drugs or eliminated with Radioactive Iodine Treatment

Caring for Elderly CatsKidney Disease

1. The inability of the kidney to filter waste and electrolytes properly
2. Symptoms may not manifest until 70% of kidney function is lost
3. Symptoms include increased drinking and urination, weight loss, vomiting, poor coat and weakness
4. Process can be slowed with medication and with fluid therapy

Liver Disease

1. The decreased ability of the liver to regulate levels of certain chemicals in the blood and a decreased production of proteins (in plasma) and bile (to aid in digestion).
2. The liver is usually significantly damaged before clinical signs are noted
3. Symptoms include weight loss, decreased appetite, abdominal swelling, vomiting, and jaundice
4. Process can be slowed with medication and fluid therapy

Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)

1. High blood pressure causes vascular damage especially in the eyes, kidney, brain and heart
2. Hypertension is linked with hyperthyroidism and kidney failure
3. Symptoms include weight loss, howling, and blindness (detached retinas)
4. Can be treated with drugs such as ACE Inhibitors and Calcium Channel Blockers

Diabetes

1. Occurs when the insulin hormone cannot properly balance blood sugar (glucose) levels
2. Symptoms include increased drinking and urination, weight loss, lethargy and neuropathy (weakness in rear legs)
3. Can be treated with insulin injections or (in many cases) controlled through diet (2 daily feedings of canned food)
4. Kitties who are overweight are at a greater risk of developing diabetes

Cardiomyopathy

1. A structural abnormality in one or more of the four chambers of the heart, impairing the heart’s ability to pump blood
2. Symptoms include labored breathing and/or coughing, lameness, fainting spells, restlessness and lethargy
3. Although Cardiomyopathy cannot be cured, it can often be managed with drugs such as Calcium Channel Blockers, Diuretics and ACE Inhibitors
4. Breeds such as Persian, Ragdoll, Maine Coon and certain American Shorthairs tend to manifest a genetic predisposition to this disease.

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