Celebrating the Golden Feline Years
Time stands still for no one, including your beloved family cat. Time does, however, move faster for your cat than it does for humans, with several factors influencing the exact rate at which your pet ages. Your veterinarian will be able to determine when your cat reaches senior status through various routine diagnostic tests.
Once there, several changes in your cat's veterinary care, including more frequent wellness exams, adjustments in diet, and simple changes around the house to increase comfort, can help ensure your senior feline friend remains healthy and comfortable during the golden years.
During your cat's kitten and adult stages, annual wellness exams met his or her health care needs. More frequent exams now will allow your veterinarian to better monitor any changes that may be occurring. Conditions such as kidney and heart disease, arthritis, and cataracts can be identified using diagnostic procedures such as blood testing, X-rays, and ultrasound. Early detection can lead to proper management of such conditions and extend the life of your loyal companion.
Dental and Dietary Needs
A combination of dental and nutritional factors may signal that changes in your cat's diet are needed. Whether softer foods, or a different make-up of vitamins and supplements, our veterinary staff will be happy to assist you in locating a formula that meets all your furry feline's dietary needs.
Comfort-Proofing Your Home
Early on in life, you kitten-proofed your home to keep your new pet safe; during the senior years, comfort-proofing your home can help make life easier for your cat. Sometimes, it's the simplest of actions that mean the most.
- Give your cat sweet dreams at night with a soft, cushioned bed for sleeping. Placing it close to the ground will make easier access in and out. If you are able to provide a heat source, that is an added bonus.
- Maintaining body temperature as your cat ages becomes more and more difficult. A sweater or sweatshirt from your local pet store can assist your senior cat in staying warm. Providing blankets to snuggle into around the house can keep your feline companion warm throughout the day.
- Pet stairs help your senior cat maintain independence, allowing him or her to still cuddle with you on the couch or go for a ride in the car.
Purrs 4 Life
The Purrs 4 Life Program is based on recommendations by both the Academy of Feline Practitioners and the American Association of Feline Practitioners. It offers a cost-effective way to ensure your family cat receives routine diagnostic procedures along with discounts on other services and products. Our goal is to provide the best advice and education for our clients and the best health care for our feline patients.