How do you really know how well your cat is ageing? This can be a dilemma for some owners of older cats because cats in general are very discreet creatures and they are very good at hiding things! Often they can be suffering from an underlying illness for a long time before owners are aware there is a problem.
The BIG EIGHT
There are eight diseases of older cats that we see more frequently and they are:-
- Chronic kidney disease
- Neoplasia (cancer)
- Cardiomyopathy (heart disease)
- Inflammatory bowel disease
Signs to watch for include increased thirst, weight loss, change in bowel habits, change in personality, reluctance to jump up or change in appetite. As an owner you are attune to your cats normal habits but sometimes changes can be subtle. If you are concerned that your cat may have underlying problems then please call us to make an appointment. It is advisable to have your cat checked at least once per year and sometimes with the older cats an examination every six months may help to pick up any health issues earlier. Urine and blood tests and blood pressure screening are all advisable in all senior cats (over 10 years old).