Senior Cat Care
We are here to help your cat live well and grow old gracefully!
At Winter Park Veterinary Hospital, we believe that caring for your aging cat requires more than simply treating problems as they arise. The best way to help your cat grow into their senior years is by emphasizing your cat’s wellness throughout his/her life with a comprehensive wellness health care plan, and a senior wellness health care plan when your cat reaches about the age of 7.
As your cat ages, natural changes occur. We encourage our clients to take an active role in combating ailments associated with the aging process. You may notice changes in your cat that should be addressed with one of our veterinarians:
- Your cat has weight loss or weight gain
- Your cat is less active, more sedentary, has weakness or difficulty moving about
- Change in your cat’s bowel function—constipation or diarrhea
- You notice a change in your cat’s energy level, awareness and/or family interaction
- Unexplained change in behavior
- Your cat seeks out warm spots and is sleeping longer
- Increase in temperature, pulse or breathing rate
- New lumps and bumps appear on your cat
- You notice occasional cough or periods of rapid or difficult breathing
- You believe your cat’s eyesight or hearing has changed
- Increased water consumption, urination or accidents in the house
- Your cat’s breath makes you hold yours!
Discussing these health changes with us will help the veterinarians at Winter Park Veterinary Hospital design an individualized senior wellness care plan for your cat.
Senior wellness exams are recommended semi-annually for aging cats because they help our veterinarians detect, diagnose, and treat any medical conditions before they progress into serious problems and negatively affect your cat’s quality of life.
A senior wellness exam at Winter Park Veterinary Hospital focuses on:
- An in-depth senior wellness exam, including a dental evaluation
- Comprehensive diagnostic testing that may include a senior cat blood profile analysis (blood count and blood chemistry panel), thyroid hormone levels (T4), urine and fecal analysis, x-ray work, parasite testing, and blood and eye pressure testing
- Vaccinations, parasite protection, heartworm testing and prevention
- Nutrition and diet counseling
- Behavioral evaluation and counseling
We want to help you in providing your aging cat with the best and most comprehensive senior veterinary care so that he/she experiences the healthiest and happiest quality of life in their “golden years!”
If you have a “senior” cat, please give us a call. We are here to help. Contact us to schedule a senior wellness exam for your senior cat.