From the early months of kittenhood to the senior years, your veterinarian can help you provide a healthy life for your cat. At Nashville Cat Clinic in Nashville TN, we provide the special care that geriatric cats require. Here are the answers to some of the questions our veterinarian frequently receives regarding senior cat care.
At What Age is A Cat Considered “Senior”?
Cats are considered geriatric between seven and ten years old. This can vary from one cat to another.
What Health Problems Do Senior Cats Face?
Older cats develop arthritis due to normal wear and tear on joints over time. This can cause pain and stiffness in joints and you may notice your cat is not as agile as he or she once was. Dental problems can also occur, causing older cats to eat less and lose weight. Vision and hearing loss can occur in older cats. Some senior cats develop cancerous growths on their bodies or deep within organs. Kidney disease and thyroid problems are also common in older cats. These may be treated with a special diet or medications.
What Are the Signs of Aging in Cats?
Your cat may start to sleep more than usual or may have difficulty sleeping at all. They may have trouble jumping up on things or climbing stairs. The weight of geriatric cats also tends to fluctuate. Your cat may also exhibit behavioral changes such as greater irritability or lack of interest. These are signs you should take your cat into the visit for a thorough examination.
How Can I Keep My Senior Cat Healthy and Happy?
You can help your older cat remain healthy by providing easily digestible food, comfortable bedding, and plenty of fresh water. Make sure your cat receives regular, gentle exercise and has a few toys to stimulate them mentally. Regular visits to the vet will help to manage any health problems that develop.
Contact Our Veterinarian for Senior Cat Care in Nashville, TN
At Nashville Cat Clinic, we have been providing residents of Nashville, TN with reliable senior cat care for many years. We offer many veterinary services, including vaccinations, dental care, surgery, diagnostics, emergency care, and boarding. We even do house calls. For more information on how we care for geriatric cats or to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian, call us today at (615) 361-1844.