Thanks to better diets and care in general, more and more of our cats are living to an advanced age and it is now not at all unusual to see cats in their twenties.
As cats grow older, the key to keeping them healthy is early detection of any problems. Whilst a number of conditions are common in older cats, they are extremely adept at masking any signs of illness!
So what are the signs to look out for? There are several things that you can keep an eye on and these include:
Appetite – any increase or decrease?
An increase appetite is sadly not necessarily a sign of good health. Any decrease from normal may suggest a problem as well. For example, an increase in appetite may be due to an overactive thyroid or sugar diabetes.
Thirst – any increase?
Increased drinking may be seen with a variety of conditions including chronic kidney disease, hyperthyroidism and sugar diabetes.
For example, dropping food when eating, or only chewing on one side, can be signs of dental problems.
These are only three of the more obvious signs to look out for! If your cat is showing any of these signs, please bring them in for a check-up. The good news is that identifying problems at an early stage gives us the best chance of successful treating (or at least slowing the progression of) many conditions.