Here at Thompsons we all love and most of us own cats.
Senior Cat Clinics
Senior Cat Clinic
What does it mean?
First of all when is your cat old?
We class a cat between 7 and 10 years as mature. From the age of 11 years we would say a senior cat. When your cat is over 15 years old we can even say geriatric.
For example an 11 year old cat is equivalent to 60 years in human age. Every year adds another 4 human years to it. So that the 21 year old cat is like a 100 year old person.
As you get older, your body changes. Cats are prone to certain diseases. Unfortunately for us they tend to hide them. Instead of limping or crying in pain they just sleep more, don‘t jump up or miss the cat litter tray. We can not make them any younger, but we can help with improving their quality of life.
During your annual health check with the vet, we will mention some of those common problems. You can ask about them as well.
Your cat‘s weight will be recorded every year and should give us important information.
If your cat is over 8 years old we will examine a urine sample for free. So try to catch one before you come in or let us give you some advice on how to get one.
The urine sample will tell us if your cat can still concentrate their urine. Often, a dilute urine is a first sign of kidney disease, diabetes or a hyperactive thyroid gland.
Another common problem in cats is high blood pressure.
Our nurses can easily measure your cat‘s blood pressure
High blood pressure can be related to other diseases like Kidney disease or Hyperthyroidsim. We also see cats without any underlying diseases and they have high blood pressure, which can be very upsetting.
The measurement is similar to people. A cuff is applied to the front leg and the nurse listens to the pulse
All the nurses love cats and have lots of ideas to help your ageing cat.
Simple things like e.g. a lower cat litter tray can really improve your cat‘s life.
A lot of diseases have a better prognosis when we start to treat them early.
For example cats on a special diet for Chronic Kidney Disease live a lot longer compared to non treated cats.
So there is lots to talk about
Give us a ring today.