8+ Years

Just like your body, your cat’s body will naturally tend to wear down as he ages and some of his needs will also increase. Here are some things to be aware of as your cat matures in his senior years.

Senior Diets

When your cat is 8 years old, it is recommended to switch your food to a senior diet even if your cat may not act like a senior on the outside. If your cat has special needs, prescription diets are available.

Recommended Tests

A Senior Wellness Panel is recommended for any cat over 7 years of age. This panel includes, among other things:

  • Evaluation of many major organ functions of the body, such as the kidney, liver, and thyroid
  • Complete blood count (CBC)
  • Urinalysis
  • Annual Blood Work

 

Specific Things to Watch For

If you notice any of these symptoms, contact your veterinarian.

  • Increased thirst
  • Increased urination
  • Weight loss
  • Hair loss
  • Grooming difficulties/hair matting

 

Arthritis

The pain and loss of muscle mass and fitness resulting from osteoarthritis may make it hard for your cat to move around. When playing with an arthritic cat, remember to keep exercise on a level, soft surface such as carpet, grass, or dirt, and avoid exercise that requires jumping, like catching a toy thrown high into the air, or onto the bed. If you think your cat might have arthritis, contact one of our doctors at St. Paul Pet.

Veterinarian Assisted Management of Arthritis

  • K-laser/Cold laser therapy involves laser light that helps decrease inflammation and increase circulation. It also aids in preventing calcification.
  • NSAIDS (Non-steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs) -pain medication that is given once to twice daily orally, depending on the brand.
  • Glucosamine supplements resurface the joint with fibrocartilage.

Call us at The-Practice for any questions about your senior cat’s needs.

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