As your cat gets older, his or her health may change over time, and you
may need to make more frequent
visits to the veterinarian. Fortunately, many senior cat health problems are manageable and won’t
prevent your cat from living a long life, as long as he or she gets the
proper care. Here are some of the most common health problems diagnosed
in senior cats and how your veterinarian can address them.
Arthritis is extremely common in older cats. After the age of 12, approximately
90% of cats begin to show signs of arthritis. While arthritis is no doubt uncomfortable
for the cat, it can sometimes be difficult for us humans to pick up on.
Pay attention for subtle, telltale symptoms, such as new difficulty going
up and down the stairs, a reluctance to jump on and off furniture, and
stiffness upon standing. If you notice these symptoms, make an appointment
at your animal hospital to explore treatment options. If your cat is overweight,
losing some excess weight can also reduce the stress on joints.
Dental disease—especially gum disease—is another common problem
in older cats. You can reduce the risk of dental disease with regular
pet dental services at the vet and with brushing your cat’s teeth
at home. Adding Oxyfresh Pet Oral Hygiene Solution to the pets drinking
water has also problem useful in our hands. Dental disease not only causes
pain and makes it difficult for your cat to eat, but it can also lead
to systemic infections, including heart disease and respiratory problems.
If your cat hasn’t had a dental checkup recently, or if you have
noticed a change in your cat’s eating habits, make a vet appointment.
As cats age, they become more prone to vision problems such as cataracts,
glaucoma, and retinal detachment. In addition to obvious indicators like
your cat bumping into things, look for cloudy eyes. Depending on the cause
of your cat’s vision loss, your veterinarian may recommend medications
or surgery or environmental adjustments. In some cases, cats can adapt
to vision loss without the need for extensive treatment.
From their first year through their senior years, the vets at Chastain
Veterinary Medical Group are committed to helping cats live happy and
healthy lives. You can make an appointment at our animal hospital in Dallas
by calling (972) 239-1309 or for our animal hospital in McKinney, call