Generally, cats over 7-10 years of age should be considered seniors, and as they age, changes in the body occur as well. For instance, in one study, roughly 90% of cats over the age of 12 years were noted to have radiographic evidence of arthritis! Needless to say, with arthritis comes pain and mobility issues. If your older cat has become less active and is now reluctant to jump on counters and couch tops - it may be less that he/she has become obedient, and more that they are in pain due to arthritis.
Dental disease can also pose a problem for our senior cats. This can be painful, even causing your cat to have difficulty eating or even avoiding eating. Talk about discomfort! This is no way to live.😿
Weight loss is not only attributed to dental disease, but our senior cats can also suffer from kidney disease, thyroid disease, liver disease, heart disease and other conditions that may result in weight loss.
On the other hand, some senior cats may have the opposite problem. Some cats will become less active with age, essentially becoming couch potatoes, and will gain weight as a result!
What can you do to help your senior cat?
Come in and receive 20% off your Senior Pet Exam this month only. This is for pets over 10 years of age. We're here to help!
From the desk of Dr. Stacey Gastis