Take Time to Ensure Your Senior Cat is Healthy and Fit
May 30, 2012
Take time to ensure your senior cat is healthy and fit
(ANNAPOLIS, Maryland) May 30, 2012—Today is National Senior Health and Fitness Day, and to celebrate, the CATalyst Council, a national initiative comprised of animal health and welfare organizations working on behalf of cats, reminds cat owners that senior cats require extra attention to enjoy their golden years.
Cats over the age of 11 are considered seniors, and like senior humans, they should see the doctor more frequently than their younger counterparts.
“Senior cats, like all cats, seem to be good at hiding their illnesses, when in fact, the signs of illness are often hard to spot,” says Dr. Jane Brunt, executive director of the CATalyst Council. “Advanced age in your cat can bring with it very treatable ailments such as arthritis, gastrointestinal ailments, diabetes and hypertension—just like in humans.”
The American Association of Feline Practitioners recommends twice yearly wellness exams for cats. This is especially important for senior cats because if ailments are caught early they are more easily treated, meaning your cat will enjoy its older age as much as it did its kitten years.
Much like in humans, an overweight older cat is at a higher risk for arthritis and diabetes, so ensuring your older cat is fit and trim is especially important. The best way to ensure your cat is at a good weight and to ensure that it is in overall good health is to schedule a visit to your veterinarian.
Cats can live well over 20 years; help your cat live the longest, happiest and healthiest life it can by providing it with proper veterinary care, a diet recommended specifically for your cat and a good amount of exercise.