Senior Cat Care
How your pet's needs change.
Advances in veterinary medicine have made it possible for pets of all kinds to live long, healthy lives. However, when they become seniors, they require extra attention and medical care which is why it’s important to understand how their needs change as they age.
Generally speaking, cats are considered seniors at 10 years old. When your cat becomes a senior, we'll want to see them every six months to keep up on physical exam changes and lab work. Through diagnostic testing of blood and urine samples we can detect diseases that commonly affect older cats.
Some conditions that typically affect senior cats include:
- Kidney Disease
- Heart Disease
- Behavioral changes
- Vision changes
- Liver Disease
- Mobility issues
- Tumors and cancer
Many of these conditions can be easily managed or treated when caught early. Our goal is to keep your cat happy and healthy well into their golden years and we can do that by addressing their needs on an individual basis.
If you have questions about how often we should see your senior cat or you’d like to schedule an appointment, please call us at (703) 723-9940.