Top 5 Senior Cat Care Questions Answered
Our Las Vegas cat clinic, All About Cats Veterinary Hospital is committed to keeping your cat healthy from kitten to adult. As our cats start to enter their senior years, their cat veterinary care needs change. Our cat hospital is here to meet these changing needs. Below, our cat veterinarians answer five of your most common senior care questions.
Las Vegas Senior Cat Veterinary Care
How do I know when my cat is getting old?
As your cat ages, you may notice a gradual slowing down as your cats hearing, eyesight and sense of smell may not be as acute as they once were. Your well-cared for housecat can live well into his late teens and sometimes even the early 20s. Senior cat care will help your pet age gracefully and enjoy a high quality of life.
What healthcare problems that may arise as my cat ages?
Just like people, older cats can develop arthritis, heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure. Advancing age poses a greater risk for developing a thyroid imbalance; kidney disease, liver disease and some cancers Many of these disorders cause subtle symptoms until the late stages of disease. Twice-yearly wellness exams will help our Las Vegas veterinarians detect potential age-related health concerns before they compromise your pets well being.
What diet should I feed my senior cat?
Older cats need a carefully balanced diet to prevent weight gain. Be sure your cats food is easily digestible and contains potassium and taurine. Sometimes older cats develop constipation, which may lead to a change in feeding regimen. Our veterinarians will work closely with you to design a balanced diet that meets your cats specific wellness needs.
How can I protect my cats dental health?
Regular veterinary dental cleanings at a cat hospital are essential. Plaque build-up can put your cat at risk for periodontal disease, tooth loss and bacterial infections of the gum. Brush your cats teeth regularly at home to reduce this risk.
What tests should my cat receive?
In addition to a full physical, our veterinarians
recommend a full blood screening, hypertension screening, whole body X-rays,fecal test and urinary tests. These tests give us a complete snapshot of your pets health.
Have you noticed any changes in your senior cats routine?