Common health problems in older cats
Your cat is considered a senior citizen when she gets to 11 years of age. At 15 years of age, she is considered geriatric.
Your older cat may be harder of hearing, decreased sense of smell and taste and more prone to infections from an aging immune system. It's also crucial that older cats keep up their water intake.
Disease also becomes more likely in the senior cat. As vets, we worry particularly about diagnosis and managing the following conditions:
- Dental disease
- Arthritis and osteoporosis
- Kidney disease
- High blood pressure
- Metabolic disease, including diabetes, thyroid problems
- Anxiety and insecurity
With regular vet checks and if you write down any changes in behaviour, we can work with you to detect anything as early as possible. Checks should occur every 6 months and we'll check you cat's urine at this time
If you are worried at any time about symptoms in your older cat, please contact us.