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Cats Don’t Stay

Young Forever

Yes, not even cats stay young forever! It may even surprise many of you that cats are considered “seniors” at 7 and “geriatric” at 14.  

I recently I talked to a woman on the phone who was very concerned about her cat. A friend of hers told her that her cat is a “senior” because it had just turned 10 years of age.  She was afraid her cat was going to die. It took me several minutes to figure out if something serious was going on.

The cat was fine. Eating well, still playful and maintaining a good weight. But she was worried and asked me several questions about what to expect as her cat gets older – what is normal and when aging changes occur.

So…today, I’ll try to give you a little information about what to expect.

As you know, like us, cats don’t stay young forever – they age. And, like us, some cats age more gracefully than others. When a cat reaches around 10 years of age, he will likely start acting and feeling like a senior cat.

The effects of the aging process are both physical and mental. Physically, all organ systems throughout the body will undergo some structural and functional change, affecting vision, hearing, stamina, susceptibility to drugs and locomotor activity. Mental changes are secondary to decreasing brain size and a reduced number of brain cells.

Aging does not affect all cats of a certain age in precisely the same way. Some cats are more successful agers than others. Some, even at the age of 15 years, may still be full of the joys of spring and have no noticeable physical or mental incapacitation. Others of the same age, however, are already beginning to be handicapped by age-related internal organ failure, failing senses or orthopedic problems.

I hope this helps you understand a little more about the cat aging process.

In addition to feeding you cats the very best possible diet and taking her to the vet for her check-ups, I always recommend pet insurance. Pet insurance really helps cat lovers be able to do the best for their cat when an unplanned illness is not in the “budget”. Also keep in mind that Pet insurance plans cover both wellness care (including flea control products) and medical problems.

Take 2 minutes of your time to learn the benefits of pet insurance for your cat:

Go to: www.petinsurance.com

Next week I will talk some more about how to recognize the diseases that come with age, and how to tell if the pet is in pain or discomfort.

Until next time…

Dr. Jon

P.S. – I also suggest that you get a policy while yourcat is still relatively young as some policies may become more expensive for “older” cats.

Remember not even cats stay young forever…

Go to: www.petinsurance.com to learn if pet insurance is right for your cat.

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March 12, 2008 - Posted by | Feline Health

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