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A Senior Cat Checkup: What to Expect

November 27, 2018

Cat Checkups & Preventive Care

Is my cat a senior? If you’re reading this article, this might be your first question. Most of us have an idea of when people are considered to be “seniors,” but what about cats? A straight linear multiplier was once used to convert people years into cat years, but that is no longer the case. According to the experts (and the veterinarians at Peterborough West Animal Hospital concur), younger cats age, or shall we say mature, at a much faster rate. A 4-year-old cat is considered to be equivalent to a 26-year-old human being. The process slows down after that. By the time a cat reaches senior status she is 9-years-old (the presumed equivalent of a 52 year old human) and at/beyond the age of 14, a cat is considered to be geriatric. While this article focuses on senior cats, many of these principles also apply to dogs. For information specific to canine companions, check out our guide on Caring for a Senior Dog.

What is different about a senior cat’s checkup?

Certainly, most conditions can occur or manifest at any point throughout your cat’s life. According to the doctors at Peterborough West Animal Hospital, there are simply some problems that are statistically more likely to occur as your cat gets older, like:

That means parts of a senior annual check are the same as for a younger cat, but the veterinarians at Peterborough West Animal Hospital will offer other recommendations that will be tailored according to your cat’s advancing years.

What can I expect during my senior cat’s checkup?

First of all, you may have specific concerns about your cat and questions you need to have answered. Be sure that those are all addressed to your satisfaction before the conclusion of your visit. Also be aware that your veterinarian will have a process in order to minimize the odds that distractions cause something important to be missed.

Regular checkups are crucial for maintaining your cat’s health at any age. For more information on routine care and preventive measures, visit our Veterinary Wellness & Pet Vaccinations page.

How often should my cat get a checkup?

All cats should have checkups at least every “people year” of their lives; depending on your cat’s individual health issues, the veterinarians at Peterborough West Animal Hospital may even recommend more frequent visits. It is up to you and the doctor to work together to decide what is best. That way you and your cat can enjoy her senior and geriatric golden years.

If you have any questions or concerns, you should always call Peterborough West Animal Hospital — (705-745-4800) we are devoted to the health and well-being of your pets. WE are “Pawsitively devoted to your Best Friend”.