Hunter Animal Hospital
Hunter Animal Hospital Hunter Animal Hospital Monday - Friday 8AM - 6PM
Saturday 8AM - 1PM
Sunday & Major Holidays Closed
5246 W. 3500 S.
West Valley City, UT 84120
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Hunter Animal Hospital

Senior Cat Care

When is a cat a “senior cat”? The answer is that there is no specific age at which a cat becomes “senior.” Individual cats age at different rates. As a general guide, however, the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) has suggested the following age ranges:

  • Mature to middle-aged: 7 to 10 years
  • Senior: 11 to 14 years
  • Geriatric: 15+ years

As our feline companions age, changes begin to take place in their bodies that can affect their overall health, well-being and comfort. Conditions such as kidney disease , hyperthyroidism, diabetes mellitus and cancer are commonly diagnosed in senior cats. These conditions can be more easily managed when detected early.

Our goal is for you and your cat to enjoy the longest, healthiest life together. For this reason, we recommend a comprehensive exam at least every 6 months for your senior cat. Depending upon your cat’s health and age, we may also recommend routine annual blood profiles and a urinalysis to look for potential health concerns.

Because cats age more rapidly than people, dramatic changes in health can occur in as little as 3 to 6 months. If you notice any of the following signs, we recommend you schedule an appointment to have your cat evaluated:

  • Weight loss
  • Decrease in appetite
  • Bad breath or drooling
  • Increased appetite, especially if accompanied by weight loss
  • Changes to hair coat quality
  • Increased vocalization or frantic behavior, especially if accompanied by a ravenous appetite
  • Excess or change in urination frequency, volume, etc.
  • Increased water intake
  • Decreased activity level, increased stiffness or difficulty grooming
  • Apparent pain when your cat moves or is handled
  • Sudden tendency to bite or jump from your lap when you brush or pet your cat
  • Any vomiting, abnormal stool or decreased frequency of bowel movements
  • A new lump or growth, especially if it appears to increase in size quickly
  • Depression or listless behavior
  • Increased respiratory rate or open mouth breathing
  • Coughing
  • Urinating or defecating outside the litter box

Please call us today to schedule a wellness exam for your senior cat.