Veterinary Care for Senior Cats in Oyster Bay, NY
As your cat ages, normal changes take place and diseases may follow that can often affect their overall health, well-being and comfort. Many conditions, when detected early and treated properly, can be prevented from progressing into more serious and sometimes life threatening illnesses. Our goal is for you and your family cat to enjoy the longest, healthiest life together.
We recommend biannual senior wellness exams so we can monitor your senior cat’s health, detect, diagnose, treat, and control any medical conditions before they progress into serious problems, negatively affecting your cat’s quality of life. We encourage our clients to take an active role in combating ailments associated with the aging process that may affect their cat.
Signs of Aging
If you notice any of the following symptoms, we recommend that you schedule an appointment to discuss them with our veterinarian.
- Weight loss
- Decrease in appetite
- Excess urination
- Excess drinking
- Reduced exercise, reluctance to move, run, jump, etc.
- Perception of pain when your pet moves or is handled
- Any vomiting or diarrhea
- Change in litter box use, infrequent urination or lack of bowel movements
- New lumps or bumps
- Change in cat’s energy level
Senior Care at Home
In addition to the care we provide for your cat here at Oyster Bay Animal Hospital, there are measures you can take at home to keep your senior cat happy and healthy. As your cat gets older, it is important to minimize stress with a comfortable lifestyle. There are many ways to make small adjustments in your cat’s life to keep them comfy as they age. For instance, adding additional bedding gives their aging joints a soft place to rest. Make it easier for them to get to their favorite places and avoid unexpected falls by adding steps or platforms to help them get where they need to go.
A proper diet and plenty of exercise can also help your senior cat stay happy and healthy. Good nutrition and exercise will help your cat maintain a healthy weight, and prevents conditions such as arthritis and diabetes. Regular play and exercise will also keep their mind sharp and strengthen the bond you share!
The entire staff at Oyster Bay Animal Hospital is here to help you and your cat through every life stage. Please contact us today to schedule your cat’s senior wellness exam and to discuss any questions you have about your cat’s healthcare.