Once your cat has reached the age of seven, it is considered a senior pet. We hope that you have many healthy and happy years together, and we strive to be there at each step of the way. Below are basic guidelines for what to look out for as your feline pet becomes older. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask us.
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Veterinary care is important for all cats and doubly so for your senior cat. Regular veterinary examinations can uncover health conditions that may not be immediately evident to a cat owner. Some of these health issues may affect how your cat is able to play. For instance, cats suffering from heart failure may not be able to withstand strenuous play or other forms of strenuous exercise. Cats suffering from diabetes benefit from a regular day-to-day schedule that changes little from one day to the next. Play sessions may need to be altered or adjusted to meet your cat’s individual health requirements.
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Once your cat reaches their golden years, it’s important to make sure that he or she receives frequent check-ups to monitor any early signs of illness. As your cat matures, physical changes may begin to occur that could affect their health. The key to ensuring that your senior cat has the healthiest and highest quality of life is to recognize and reduce factors that may be health risks. At AMC, our veterinarians recommend biannual exams for senior Cats to detect disease as early as possible, and to correct or delay the progression of various conditions and diseases.
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Think about what kind of cat you want. A kitten can be lots of fun, but is a big change from a senior kitty. Please stop by the clinic for more information on pet adoption. Look for a kitten or cat that is affectionate with people, and that appears healthy. It is important to take the adopted cat for a physical exam and other testing as soon as you adopt the cat – even before taking him or her home.There is nothing sweeter than a grey-faced old pet. They truly capture our hearts at Bees Ferry Veterinary Hospital. We strive to help keep your senior cat pain free and disease free as long as possible. The key to this goal is frequent blood and urine analyses and discussions with you to see how they are doing at home. Most senior cats need to be seen every 6 months, as this is the equivalent of 2-3 years passing in a person. It is sad, but our cats do age much more quickly than we do, so we need to stay on top of any changes so that we can identify and delay progression of diseases that affect older pets.