Our hospital offers Geriatric (Senior Wellness) Medicine Services for your older cat. When your cat reaches his or her "golden years" they require special care and your veterinarian will recommend certain screening tests. These tests allow your veterinarian to provide an early diagnosis for some of the common diseases that affect older cats so they can manage those diseases more effectively. In addition to this testing, twice-yearly examinations will be recommended to ensure your cat has the best care as he or she ages.
Each year of an older animal's life is roughly equivalent to 4 human years, so our cats age much faster than we do. As a result, we need to do all we can to watch carefully for any emerging problems. The earlier we discover them, the more we can do to control these problems.
If your cat is already facing an illness or disability that can come with old age, your veterinarian will work with you to maintain the highest quality of life for your cat.