Age creeps up on cats rather gently. At first, it may even be difficult for you to tell your kitty’s age as her behavior may be the same as ever. However, as a cat grows old, some common health issues start plaguing your kitty.
In this blog post, we will go through some common health problems that older kitties face.
Common Senior Cats Health Issues
In this section of the blog post, we will go through some of the most common health issues that senior cats face.
Let’s get started!
Did you know that 90 percent of cats over 12 years of age have radiographic signs of arthritis?
If your kitty doesn’t like going up or down stairs, jumping on and off the furniture, etc. and has difficulty in grooming herself, seems stiff after standing up, and is facing problems getting inside the litter box, chances are that it’s the arthritis.
Has your cat stopped eating dry food?
In some cases, cats pick the food up to chew but, then, drop it because the pain is just too much. In this case, your kitty may have painful periodontal disease, a common problem in aging cats.
Keeping teeth and gums clean is an crucial part of maintaining your cat’s health.
Loss of Vision
There are several eye problems that plague older kitties which includes retinal detachment, glaucoma, and cataracts.
You should check for signs such as cloudiness or whiteness of the lens, general cloudiness of the eye, dilated pupils, etc. If your kitty has been bumping into things a lot lately, this isn’t a good sign wither.
Loss of Hearing
This happens to humans as well as kitties. As they age, the sense of hearing begins to go. It’s a fact of life—something you need to understand. While you can’t buy hearing aids for your kitty, you can still communicate with her by teaching her some new signals.
30% of cats over the age of 10 are diagnosed with some form of cancer.
Cancer doesn’t just plague humans—it affects our furry companions as well. One of the most common types of cancer seen in cats is lymphosarcoma.
Take your cat to the vet immediately if you notice any of these warning signs:
- appetite loss or unintentional weight loss
- lumps or bumps that increase in size
- sores that don’t heal
- bleeding or other discharge from the mouth, nose or anus
- unusual body odor
- lack of energy
- difficulty eating or swallowing
- unexplained lameness that doesn’t improve
- difficulty breathing, urinating or defecating
Getting older is a fact of life and, as we age, our immune system gets weaker while develop some health issues that we never thought we would—same is the case with our feline friends.
Take your senior cat to the vet on a regular basis to ensure her health.
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