As you know, for every year we age, your cat ages considerably. Did you know that any cat over the age of 9 is classified as a senior by the Australian Small Animal Veterinary Association?
Your cat, at 9, is considered to be the equivalent of a 52-year-old human. For every year your cat ages, they will generally age by 4 human years. At the age of 14, your cat will be considered a geriatric.
This classification will also change depending on the breed of your cat and the size of your cat.
As your cat ages, they are more likely to be afflicted by a medical condition. Many of these conditions are only detected via blood and urine tests. Often, owners have no idea that their pet is suffering from a medical condition (much like diabetes in humans).
Many of these medical conditions, if diagnosed early, can be either cured or treated. This often results in the extension of your pets life and increasing their quality of life and general well being.
One of the most common medical conditions to affect elderly cats is Hyperthyroidism. This disease, if not detected early in its onset, will cause many health problems for your pet that can be life threatening, including high blood pressure, detached retinas, disease of the heart and kidney disease. Luckily, the disease can easily be detected with a simple blood test.
Even better, if detected, this condition can be cured and many of the above mentioned secondary disease processes could be avoided.
As a result, we recommend annual ‘senior screens’ for cats older than 9 years of age. This screen involves a simple blood and urine test.
If you would like us to perform a senior screen on your pet whilst they are in boarding, please let our receptionists know on drop off.