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Geriatric Cats

Cat Face.gifDoes your old cat..

at times seem disorientated and stare into space?

 


  • Yowl more than previously at any time of day or night for no apparent reason?
  • Toilet inside or not make it to the dirt tray in time?
  • Have difficulty jumping on the couch or bed, or sits and hesitates before he or she attempts the jump?

These are all normal warning signs of aging and sometimes senility in cats; meaning it's time for a check up.  There are a number of geriatric diseases that contribute to the symptoms above and in some cases they can be managed so that your cats have a healthier happier time as they get older.

Conditions such as; high blood pressure, an over active thyroid gland, diabetes, kidney failure and arthritis can all contribute to changes in your cats behaviour.

We can examine your cat, perform blood and urine tests and even measure blood pressure to see whether any of these conditions are affecting your cat.  In many cases there are treatments including diet changes available.

Older pets need more frequent visits than young adults and the reward is improving your friend's golden years.

Restlessness and pacing can indicate high blood pressure or hyperthyroidism, which is a hormonal disease.  We offer blood pressure readings on older dogs and cats now and highly recommend doing this on an annual basis.

If your pet is showing signs of stiffness such as difficulty with stairs or climbing into the car we can check for arthritis.  These old dears are also more likely to be grouchy as it hurts to move away from bouncy children.

It is also important to consider changes to your cat's environment to make life easier like providing safe sleeping spots, dirt trays in easy to get to areas, ramps up onto areas where they can no longer jump, heating pads in the winter.

Contact one of our clinics for a check up for your cat.