Animal Care League continues to celebrate our “Forever Young” senior cats this November and we’d like to share tips for the care and wellbeing of your pet.
As your kitty ages, there are a few simple things you can do at home and through everyday interaction to monitor their health and changing needs.
Perform At-Home Mini Physical Exams:
This should include the examination of teeth, gums, and ear canals.
Give Your Cat Gentle Massages:
Not only will this soothe your cat and comfort them, this also allows you to evaluate their skin and coat and check for abnormal lumps or bumps.
Regular Veterinarian Visits:
While any change in health/behavior should always be addressed with your veterinarian, some experts recommend physical exams every 6 months. Blood pressure checks and lab work should also be monitored, as well as dietary nutrition.
Common Medical Issues in Older Cats Include:
Diabetes or Renal Disease
Many conditions that cannot be corrected in older cats, can often be managed and controlled. Because it is not uncommon for cats to live to twenty years old (96 in “human years”) a keen awareness to your cat’s health will add more love and quality of life to their years.