When cats get older, their strength is slowly declining and you can see various signs of aging as well as us. It’s not a surprise, just natural stage of life. Generally, cats over 7 years of age are considered as seniors.
In this post, I’ll tell you about 4 common diseases of senior cats !
4 common diseases of senior cats
Kidney does many things to keep cats healthy, but it begins to fail with age.
If your cat has chronic kidney failure, you can see various symptoms as follows.
- increased thirst
- frequent urinating
- dark color urine
- dilated pupils
Unfortunately, there is no cure for chronic kidney disease. If your cat has diagnosed as chronic kidney failure, it’s important to retard the development of disease through medication and changing diet of kidney disease.
Hyperthyroidism ( overactive thyroid ) is one of the most common diseases of senior felines. It is glandular disorder in cats.
The common signs of hyperthyroidism are increased appetite, weight loss, vomiting, excessive thirst and increased urination. Also, their fur becomes greasy and unkempt.
In early stage, it’s possible to control symptoms of hyperthyroidism to use medicines and/or special diet, so if you feel something strange, take your feline friend to the vet to check !
When cats reach old age, their resistance and immune strength are getting weaker, and they have a more chance of developing cancer. There are different kinds of cancers and when cats develop cancer, you can see various signs such as weight loss, weakness and fever.
Cancer is one of the most serious disease, but if it is found in early stage, there are more possibilities for treatments. It’s important for you to check your kitty regularly. If you find a lump or feel something is wrong, take your cat to the vet to check.
Probably, most of cat owners keep cats indoors in recent years and accordingly, the average lifespan of a cat has been extended. It is said that more than 50% of cats over 15 years old develop some symptoms of dementia.
When your cat has dementia, you can see different sings such as crying at night, staring at empty spaces and miss the litter box.
To prevent developing dementia, it’s important to stimulate brain, so take some time for your kitty and play together regularly.
Cats with dementia need life- long support and therapy. Create quiet and comfortable environment as much as possible and keep them stress-free !
Giving a happy senior life for your kitty !
When cats reach senior stage, they tend to get sick easily. . . so, it’s important for you to check your feline friend regularly. If you can find a disease at an early stage, it makes easier treatment and leads to longevity.
If you have a senior cat, create a comfortable environment and give a long and happy life !