Cats are considered seniors once they have reached 9 years of age. Cats often begin to develop diseases common to their humans as they age, such as diabetes, heart disease, hyperthyroidism, and kidney disease. Early detection of some of these diseases can be medically managed, helping your cat to have a much longer, happier life.
It is a good idea to have examinations performed on your cat every 6-12 months once they’ve become a senior. These examinations will give you and your veterinarian the opportunity to discuss any changes in your cat’s behavior, eating habits, energy level, and mobility. The veterinarian will do a whisker to tail check up, and give recommendations specific to your cat. If any vaccinations are due they will be done at this time.
After the physical examination is complete, blood work may be recommended to ensure your senior cat is healthy inside and out. This information allows your vet to check the function of the kidneys, liver, pancreas, thyroid, and many other internal systems. The veterinarian will review the results with you and if further treatment is indicated by the results, they will give their recommendations.