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Cat health care for aging cats

Posted on: September 28th, 2010 by

An old cat sits patiently.
As a cat enters each stage of life, the care she requires changes. Cats are living longer now than they ever have.

According to Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, the percentage of cats over six years of age has nearly doubled in just over a decade, and there is every reason to expect that the “graying cat” population will continue to grow.

With aging cats comes increased risks for disease and illnesses. Having cat insurance for your cat from the time they are kittens can help you ensure they receive the veterinary care they need throughout their life.

Symptoms of diseases are often noticed by cat owners but are thought to be due to the cat aging. Some of the symptoms that owners dismiss are changes in the amount their cats are eating and drinking, changes in activity levels and changes in sleeping patterns. To keep older cats healthy, have your cat examined if they exhibit any changes in behavior or eating, drinking or sleeping patterns.

Take your senior cat to the veterinarian for more frequent check-ups. Older cats should be seen every 6 months to monitor their weight and to get a thorough exam. Any changes in your cat’s health will then be further evaluated. Having pet insurance for older cats can help offset the additional costs of pet health issues that come with aging.

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