Senior – Indoor Feline – Age 8-11yrs
Our Preventative Healthcare Plans allow our attending veterinarians to offer a reward program, based on professional services, for preventative screening. Your veterinary team will evaluate your pet’s predominant breed, age, medical history, lifestyle, and condition to create a Health Risk Assessment (HRA)—identifying your pet’s risk for
Components of Age and Lifestyle Program
Comprehensive Physical Examination
Complete Urine Chemistry and SediVue Analysis
Senior Metabolic Panel & Complete Blood Count
Annual Healthcare Planning (Based on Medical History & Lifestyle)
Senior Indoor Cats - Healthcare Information
Characteristics: Senior cats are an average of 50-70yrs old in human years. They are experienced and independent. "Wear and tear" diseases often begin to present at this phase of life. Cats older than 8 do not compete as well for resources inside or outside of the home. 1 in 3 cats older than 10yrs can develop arthritis.
Indoor Elderly Cats are Prone to: Obesity, dehydration; kidney disease; urinary and bladder diseases, dental, odontoclastic and periodontal diseases, and endocrine disorders. They are also prone to further injury due to less elastic skin, joint degradation, and diminished agility. Senior cats may respond more severely to infectious disease, such as upper respiratory viruses or intestinal parasites, due to a decreased immune response.
In addition to healthcare: Regularly engaging your cat in moderate play can promote muscle tone, increase blood circulation, and help reduce weight gain. Add a pet fountain to encourage water and proper hydration. Make a high quality canned food available to your cat to increase dietary moisture content. Please consider introducing a new pet, before age 10 to minimize stress/anxiety. Consider adding treat-type supplements such as Feline Senior Vitality Pro, Glyco-Flex, or Antinol for Cats.
Safezones and litter pan access/height should be re-evaluated to prevent pain due to arthritic changes. Your senior cat will likely need daily brushing at home, or monthly grooming by a professional. Plan for sedation dentistry before your cat experiences advanced dental disease.