Senior Cat

Senior Cat Care

It can be hard to admit when we see the signs of old age in our animal companions, but the fact is that most cats are considered seniors when they hit nine. Cats age much more rapidly than humans, which means diseases and illness progress quicker as well.

To ensure that your senior cat has the longest, healthiest, most comfortable life possible, Dalton Animal Care North encourages you to bring your senior cat for exams and blood tests twice each year. This way, we can track how your pet is aging, and we’ll be more likely to catch any developing diseases before they’re big problems.

What Happens During a Senior Cat Exam?

Blood tests are one of the most important parts of a senior cat exam. These blood screenings—often referred to as a “senior panel”— monitor red and white blood cell counts and reveal how well the kidney, liver, pancreas, and thyroid are functioning. Your vet may recommend a chest x-ray to ensure that the heart is a normal size and that there are no masses in the lungs.

Periodontal disease is always a threat to our pets’ health and comfort, and it’s particularly tough on older pets. That’s why a dental exam is always part of any senior cat screening as well.

Finally, make sure to let your vet know about any behavior changes in your pet. Once cats get to the geriatric stage, monitoring for signs of cognitive dysfunction—such as losing housebreaking, getting lost or wandering aimlessly—is very important.

Senior Cat Wellness in Dalton, GA

To schedule a senior cat wellness exam at Dalton Animal Care North, call us at 706-281-4770 or fill out this form.