New breakthroughs in feline medicine are helping us to provide better care and medicine to give cats higher quality, longer lives.

Our goal is to ensure that your senior cat has a healthy, happy, and comfortable lifestyle. Cats can begin having age related changes between the ages of 7 and 10 years, with the majority of cats experiencing these changes by 12 years of age. Some of these signs include:

  • • Decreased appetite/difficulty eating/drooling
  • • Weight loss
  • • Changes in activity level (increased or decreased)
  • • Lameness/difficulty jumping or climbing/not wanting to be touched
  • • Overgrown, thick claws
  • • Cognitive changes/confusion
  • • Changes in vocalization
  • • Hearing loss/decreased sense of smell
  • • Changes in vision
  • • Changes in litter box habits
  • • Changes in water consumption/urine output/stool consistency
  • • Decreased grooming/hair coat changes

During your senior cat’s exam the doctor will obtain a thorough history, and perform a “nose-to-tail” exam, paying close attention to physical exam findings related to the above changes. Performing diagnostic tests is an important part of identifying and successfully managing many common age related diseases. Recommended testing may include checking blood pressure, obtaining blood and urine samples, and/or taking X-rays. Depending on your cat’s health status, the doctor may recommend more frequent exams and diagnostics to closely monitor any further changes, and to ensure successful treatment.

Common age-related diseases include:

  • • Kidney disease
  • • Arthritis
  • • Cancer
  • • Hyperthyroidism (over-active thyroid gland)
  • • Dental disease
  • • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • • Diabetes mellitus

At Boise Cat Clinic, we firmly believe that age is not a disease. Sharing your life with a senior cat can be a rewarding experience. With their wisdom, unconditional love, and devotion, they make wonderful companions.