Caring for old cats with love
In this article, we write a little bit about old cat care, or how to take care of an older cat. The American Association of feline practitioners defines older cats or geriatric cats as anyone over the age of eight or nine years old Naturally.
This is a pretty broad definition since if we’d like to see cats live to be about 20 But it is the time in their life when various health conditions start cropping up and it’s a good time to start giving them a bit of extra love.
The American Association of feline practitioners also recommends doing blood and urine testing on cats every year after the age of eight Why? Well, it’s because on blood and urine testing you can identify diseases often years before the cat looks sick.
That is the best time to intervene If you find early signs of disease, you can diagnose it. You can manage it, and the cat might not even know that it’s sick and you can have a much better outcome.
Much more cost-effective outcomes than if you wait for two or three years till they’re already quite decrepit down the road, they’re suffering and treatment becomes much more challenging and expensive Remember indoor cats get only old-person diseases hypertension, dental disease, obesity, kidney disease, heart disease.
Most Common Illnesses in Senior Cats
|Arthritis||Arthritic cats often become less active, sleep more, and may not be able to access perches and other elevated surfaces any longer.
|Hyperthyroidism||Hyperthyroidism is a disease of the thyroid gland in which excessive amounts of thyroid hormone are produced. Hyperthyroid cats display weight loss despite an increased, sometimes even ravenous, appetite.|
|Diabetes mellitus||Diabetes results in an increased blood glucose level. Risk factors for cats diabetes include being overweight and leading a inactive in cats. Most cats diagnosed with diabetes will require insulin injections.|
|Chronic renal (kidney) disease||Basically, the kidneys act as a filter system, removing many of the waste things produced by cat’s body. When the kidneys are damaged, the waste no longer filtered effectively, leading to a increase of these waste in cat’s blood flow.|
|Heart disease||One of the most commonly seen in cats is cardiomyopathy, a disease of the heart muscle. Heart disease is congestive heart failure, or CHF, in which the heart’s ability to pump blood effectively and efficiently.|
|Dental disease||Dental disease is a painful disease that can affect your cat’s appetite and cause weight loss.|
|Cancer||Cancer are many types that can affect cats. Symptoms will depend on the type cancer involved.|
None of this stuff is very obvious to owners at home. But it’s all things that veterinarians are trained at identifying and bloodwork and urinalysis are our main tools for picking these things up early and dealing with them effectively.