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Top 5 Aging Problems in Cats

on February 9, 2016
Posted in Cats

As cats age they experience changes in their health.  As the guardian of an older cat, it is important to understand the most common illness and conditions that affect geriatric felines. Here is my list of the top 5 common senior cat problems and what you can do for these conditions.
  1. Dental disease
    Older cats frequently have tartar, broken teeth, or infected gums.  Dental disease can lead to kidney problems, heart problems and liver abscesses.  These must be addressed by proper cleaning and home care. I also now recommend Pet Wellbeing’s Healthy gums
  2. Obesity
    A large number of older cats have weight issues. It is important to make sure they still get exercise and eat properly.  Your veterinarian should be able to counsel you on this. Obesity can lead to heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure.
  3. Kidney Disease
    This is a biggie! Most cats over the age of 12 suffer from some form of kidney disease.  Many times by the time they show clinical signs, the kidney is already damaged. Routine blood and urine tests can pick this up early. There are many excellent holistic treatments to help manage kidney disease in older cats. The Pet Wellbeing Kidney Support Gold is excellent.
  4. Diabetes
    This is particularly common in obese older cats. Cats who have diabetes may need insulin or simply dietary management. Blood Sugar Gold is excellent  to help support your cat for this condition, but not a substitute for insulin.
  5. Hyperthyroidism
    This occurs frequently in older cats as a result of an overactive thyroid gland. It can lead to heart disease in older cats.  There are many conventional and holistic treatments for this condition. The thyroid condition can be treated with Thyroid Support Gold or a pharmaceutical. For heart disease, one of my favourite herbal remedies is Young at Heart.

Many of these geriatric issues can be detected with a physical exam, and blood and urine screening tests.  If you have a cat that is over 7 years of age, be sure he is regularly checked by your veterinarian.


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Dr. Janice Huntingford
Janice Huntingford, DVM, has been in veterinary practice for over 30 years and has founded two veterinary clinics since receiving her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph. She has studied extensively in both conventional and holistic modalities. Ask Dr. Jan

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