Just like they do with people, the medical needs of senior animals change over time. In fact, pets age at nearly seven times the rate that humans do. As your cat gets older, they require different nutrition programs and exercise routines, and they are prone to a variety of new diseases.
Ever wonder how old cats live? Well, cats are like fine wine - they age gracefully! On average, indoor cats can live to be around 15 years old, while some even reach their early twenties. Of course, genetics, diet, and healthcare play a big role. So, with lots of love and proper care, you can look forward to many happy years with your purrfect companion!
Common age-related diseases:
• Kidney and liver disease
• Intestinal disorders
• Joint and bone disease
• Breast and testicular cancer
• Cognitive difficulties
It is important to consider these changes throughout your pets’ lives. Separating the natural aging process from emerging medical disorders becomes increasingly difficult with senior pets. Diagnoses and treatment are often adjusted based on patient age and other factors. Routine veterinary visits are the best way to identify problems, track your pet’s progress and treat issues early on.
Scheduled appointments are important throughout the years leading up to and during old age and advanced elderly age. AAHA recommends that senior pets see their veterinarian every six months. These visits establish the baseline health of your pet and are used to ensure that they are aging normally. 43rd Avenue Animal Hospital veterinarians provide ongoing education to pet owners about what to expect from, and how to prepare for, elderly animals. It’s important to know about changes in your pets’ feeding and exercise in order to maintain their healthy lifestyles, keeping them comfortable in their old age.
We are always available to answer questions or concerns you may have about your aging companion. Schedule an appointment today to discover the many ways 43rd Avenue Animal Hospital can help your senior pet!