Cats aged 7 years and older are considered seniors. At this age, life tends to take a slower pace and you may notice some changes in your cat’s behaviour and daily routines as they move into their golden years. Whilst this is typical of older animals, it can also be symptomatic of a number of health conditions which require medical attention.

Cats need a little extra care and attention in their senior years, and this includes more frequent trips to the vet as older animals are more susceptible to illness and their condition tends to deteriorate faster than in a younger animal. Because of this, we recommend bringing your cat in for a check-up once every six months. On this page, we take a look at some of the most common health conditions affecting senior cats.

Dental disease

Dental disease is common amongst senior cats and it’s something that owners may not pick up on. Cats who have painful teeth and gums often conceal this fact from their owners by learning to eat in a way that doesn’t aggravate their condition or simply bearing the pain.

High blood pressure

Another common condition amongst older cats, high blood pressure has been linked to blindness, kidney disease, and thyroid issues. Regular blood pressure testing helps us monitor any changes in your senior cat’s blood pressure and can play an important role in the diagnosis of serious health conditions which might otherwise go unnoticed.

Kidney and thyroid disease

Annual blood testing for senior cats can screen for two of the ‘silent killer’ diseases, kidney and thyroid disease, which are common in older cats but often go undiagnosed until the disease is advanced and much more challenging to manage.

Arthritis

Just like with older humans, senior cats get aches and pains. Arthritis in cats can be painful and debilitating, but happily the condition can be managed through medication and a few small lifestyle changes. Behavioural changes such as a reluctance to jump up or a decrease in grooming are two common signs that your cat may be suffering from arthritis.

Pet Care

  • The development of dental disease in pets can be affected by the animal’s breed, oral anatomy, diet and age. Dental disease is one of the most common problems we see in veterinary practice and it needs to be managed with a multi-targeted approach. Regular check-ups with the vet will help to identify any dental issues …
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  • Following yesterday’s announcement by the Victorian Government, we can now say with certainty that we will remain open during the Stage 4 restrictions. We are pleased that the government has recognised the important role our pets play in our lives and community. By remaining open during these Stage 4 restrictions, Vets on Balwyn is here …
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  • Thanks to better nutrition, disease prevention and proper home care, cats are now living longer than ever before. Senior cats have recently been redefined as cats over the age of 11 years, but it’s not uncommon for us to see a ‘super-senior’ feline over the age of 18 years. We have even had the pleasure …
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