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Senior Cat Health Care

The average lifespan of a cat is 15-20 years old, thanks to improved veterinary medicine and nutrition, and due to the fact that many Australian cats now live indoors. Senior cats (aged 7 years or older) may develop different dietary requirements, exercise regimes and healthcare treatments over time, so it’s important that you monitor these changes closely.
Greencross Vets recommend that healthy older cats be examined by a qualified veterinarian twice a year. Pets age much faster than we do and six months for a senior cat is similar to three years for us, which is a significant amount of time for health problems to develop. Taking your cat to the vet for regular check-ups will help to detect problems earlier, resulting in a happier and healthier feline friend. 

Here are some simple tips on how to help your senior cat: 

  • Schedule regular health checks with your veterinarian to maintain good health and prevent serious illnesses and diseases.
  • Encourage your cats to exercise, in order to maintain a healthy body weight and keep their minds and bodies alert.
  • Brushing your pet's teeth regularly can help to control plaque build-up and prevent periodontal disease. Alternatively you can invest in a number of different dental treatments, diets or chew toys.
  • Monitor their weight and consider changing their diet if necessary i.e. some cat food has fewer calories and a higher fibre content to ensure they are satisfied between meals.
  • Observe you cats closely to identify any abnormal behaviour. It's not always easy to detect when your cat is unwell.  They are very talented at hiding symptoms and tend to shy away from contact if they're feeling ill.
Senior cats are susceptible to a number of diseases, some of the most common including chronic kidney disease, diabetes, thyroid disease and arthritis. Being able to detect changes in your cat’s behaviour and habits early, and notifying your local pet care team will help to prevent serious long-term health issues. Some of these signs may include:
  • Excessive thirst or urination
  • Increased or decreased appetite
  • Lethargic behaviour – reluctance to move around
  • Changes to their skin or coat i.e. lumps or bumps
  • A significant increase or decrease to their weight
  • Constipation or diarrhoea
  • Vomiting
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Heart murmur or rapid heart rate
  • Breathing difficulties
Understanding the range of complex health issues that may affect your cat is key. If you would like to know more, please click on the links below: