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11-14 years – Humans 60-72 years
At this stage your cats may start to show signs that are more obviously visible to you. If you see any of these symptoms please give us a call and make an appointment:
Reduced vision, increased sensitivity to bright lights – your cat may startle easily and may not be able to cope well with the changes in their environment such as moving house or moving furniture around.
Loss of hearing – again your cat may be easily startled and will often cry during the night or when left alone.
Loss of appetite – this may be due to reduced sense of taste and smell and possibly change of food preference.
Eating more and not gaining/losing weight – this may be due to hyperthyroidism; that can be detected by a simple blood sample and then can be treated and controlled.
Drinking more than usual – a blood and urine test can determine kidney problems.
Reduced activity/difficulty getting up – arthritis (diminished bone and cartilage and muscle wastage) a supplement can be provided to help support your cat.
Overgrown/brittle claws – as cats get older the ligaments they use to retract their claws don't work anymore. This leaves the claws visible and why you might find them caught in something and unable to retract their claws and free themselves. Cutting the claws will help prevent this.
Changes in behaviour and senility- you can help your cat by keeping their environment/hone the same with minimal changes.
Poor coat and skin quality – groom your cat more often to help prevent matts, you could introduce a supplement to help the coat and skin condition, this may also be a sign of hyperthyroidism. You may find that with arthritis they're not able to groom themselves like they used to because certain positions are painful for them.
At St. Anne's we run the older pet club which is a free nurse consult where we can assess your pet. We can also run a free urine sample which we can pick up kidney problems and if needed you can get a reduced consultation with a vet if you're referred by the nurse
Author: Menna Field RVN MBVNABlog topics