How Aging Affects Your Cat

Oct 26, 2018 by

Petting an Older Cat
 
Eventually, all pets show signs of aging, which can be difficult for pet owners who aren’t sure how to react if they notice symptoms. Often in dogs, the signs of aging are noticeable and pronounced. With cats, however, while the effects are there, you may not notice them.

For this reason, it’s crucial to be aware of the most underdiagnosed conditions in aging cats. Let’s get started.
 

Know Your Cat: Commonly Underdiagnosed Conditions in Aging Felines

 
Arthritis
 
Like humans, arthritis is a common ailment of aging cats. Symptoms include slower movements, limited mobility, stiffness and swelling, and lethargy.

“Arthritis is considered the most underdiagnosed condition in cats.” – Danel Grimmett, DVM

 
Hyperthyroidism
 
This is the most common endocrine disease in older cats. Signs include weight loss and increased appetite.
 
Renal Disease (Kidney Disease)
 
Kidney function can wane as your cat gets older. Signs of kidney disease include higher water consumption and more frequent urination.
 
Hypertension
 
Here is another ailment that is also present in humans as they age. Hypertension may be caused by or related to kidney disease or diabetes.
 
Other Ailments
 
Other aging feline ailments to watch out for include:

  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Osteoarthritis
  • HCM (hypertrophic cardiomyopathy)
  • Intestinal Issues
  • Cancer

 

Caring for an Aging Cat

 
As your cat ages, you may notice that your cat isn’t as active as they once were. They may sleep more often or sometimes avoid human interaction. Occasionally, they may cry in the night and sleep less in general.

While these symptoms are generally normal signs of aging, it’s still important to look for signs of the diseases listed above. And if you have concerns about a cat who’s aging, make an appointment at Sunset Veterinary Clinic right away. Our vets can assess and diagnose your cat to avoid disease and illness complications and make sure they’re comfortable, happy, and healthy at all times.

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