The Senior Cat
Once your cat reaches age ten you will want to be especially aware of any changes in expected routines and behaviors. There are some common problems that you are likely to encounter the more years you have with your kitty. Many of these are manageable if not curable. Again, early intervention often with minor changes in diet and/or lifestyle are most rewarding.
Regular physical exams and strategic use of diagnostic testing allow us to identify early aging changes. In older cats we are particularly concerned with
- kidney disease
- heart disease
- thyroid disease
As you observe your cats daily eating, drinking, and elimination behaviors, remember that increases are as important as decreases. Follow the links to pages for more detailed information about the senior years.
Early intervention can keep little problems from turning into big problems!