The older your cat gets, the more serious the problems she may be having. If you have a cat that is 6 months or older, you need to get a veterinary opinion on her health. This doesn’t mean that you are putting your cat into a hospital but getting an opinion from a vet gives you peace of mind that your pet is in good hands. Not only will they give you a veterinary opinion, but they can also help you solve any underlying medical issues as well. They can even tell you if they see any warning signs that your cat could be suffering from any future medical problems. This isn’t something that I would recommend for a first time owner, but for those who have had their cat examined and it’s showing signs of illness, then maybe it’s time to look into getting a second opinion for your cat.
One of the more common feline medical issues that comes along with aging is arthritis. Arthritis can be painful for your cat and can affect her ability to move around and even stand. It’s very important that you keep an eye out for any signs of arthritic changes in your cat. When you take your older cat to the vet, one of the things they are going to do is perform a physical examination on her. This includes looking at her joints and their overall flexibility. It’s important to note that feline arthritis isn’t the same as arthritis in humans and while both could be quite painful, they are two different diseases and treatment should be geared towards the difference.
Other common feline illnesses that affect the elderly include cancer, diabetes and dehydration. Cancers in cats are usually the result of tumors that have spread to other parts of their bodies and not necessarily because they are being stressed out, which is what causes many feline illnesses in humans. Diabetes happens when your cat’s pancreas doesn’t produce enough insulin or doesn’t properly use it. Dehydration can be caused by various illnesses, including kidney disease, urinary tract infection, diabetes and obesity. These are all serious feline illnesses that need to be treated before they cause further damage to your cat.