Cats are fickle, loving, and sensitive creatures. That's why so many people love them. It starts when we are drawn in by a playful kitten and keeps going as we care for our geriatric feline in their old age. Taking care of a senior cat comes with some special challenges, however. Whether you've had your senior cat from kittenhood, or have adopted an older cat, they are likely to need a little extra TLC. That's when working with your veterinarian at Nashville Cat Clinic becomes especially important.
A ten-year-old kid may be going strong, but by the time a cat turns ten they are considered a senior, while they might still be living a pretty active lifestyle, especially if they don't have any major health issues. It is time, however, to pay a little extra attention. They might move slower than they did, have a harder time jumping and their stomach might be a bit more sensitive than it was during their younger years. An older cat starts facing the same kind of health risks as a human in their 50s or 60s. It is more likely that they will face conditions such as diabetes, hyperthyroidism and kidney problems. To monitor them more closely, it is best to bring them in to see the veterinarian at least twice a year.
As a cat gets closer to 15 and beyond, it is possible that they may experience cognitive issues as well as issues with their physical health. Their old keen senses, like sight and sound, might not be where they once were. They might also start to miss their litter box from time to time. Journaling about your pet is a good practice at any age, and can help you keep track of potential issues, like changes in appetite, thirst level, and how they are responding to their diets.
Why Nashville Cat Clinic is a Great Choice for Your Senior or Geriatric Cat
Any cat can benefit from a cat only clinic, where they don't have to deal with unfamiliar dogs barking or loud squawking by birds, that might trigger their prey drive. Vet visits, while necessary are rarely a fun time for pets, partly because there is a lot of stimulation going on. Going to a clinic that caters to cats cuts down on a lot of that discomfort, and at Nashville Cat Clinic you get exactly that.
To learn more about Nashville Cat Clinic and all the services we provide for cats of all ages, contact us at Nashville Cat Clinic in Nashville, TN at 615-361-1844 to schedule an appointment.