Elderly Cat Diseases and Symptoms

cat diseasesCat diseases are cause for concern for elderly animals, especially with the average indoor cat living 15 to 18 years, and some  living into their 20s.

Becoming older has the inevitable risks of sickness and disease. Because cats hide their sickness by nature, sometimes it is hard to pin point the problem.

It is important to notice the slightest change in behavior, and if you don’t act quickly the cat ailments can turn serious.

Weight loss in cats, especially in an elderly cat, should never be ignored, there are many cat health problems that can contribute to weight loss.

A cat that still has good body weight and health is likely to respond better to treatment and fight-off the disease.

A cat vomiting frequently should not be considered normal. Frequent vomiting is a gastrointestinal problem that can be treated.

Vomiting can indicate serious issues such as liver, kidney, dental disease, diabetes, hyperthyroidism, and even cancer. Senior cat diseases are inevitable but, should be closely monitored.

Common Cat Diseases

There are many diseases cats can get? Hyperthyroidism in cats is very common in older cats. The thyroid gland controls the amount of hormones released into the body and consequently the felines metabolism functions.

Hyperthyroidism in cats increases activity and the animal can become  irritable and anxious.

With this disorder their appetite increases,  but looses weight, and he drinks more fluids. This increases their litter box trips and accidents. Feline hyperthyroidism can also cause liver disease and life-threatening high blood pressure and heart disease.

Chronic renal disease could be another cause of rapid weight loss. Be aware if your cat is losing appetite, vomiting repeatedly, drinking more and increasing urination. This disease is a slow irreversible deterioration of the kidneys, which is detected with  blood work and urine samples.

Switching to a low-protein diet and medications prescribed by your vet can help with this cat disease.

Hypertension (high blood pressure) can cause seizures, strokes, cognitive problems, aggression. If left untreated can cause blindness and damage organs including the heart, kidneys, and the brain. If you notice your cats eyes dilating, bring him to the vet immediately.

Hypertension is usually related to other diseases such as, thyroid or kidney disease. Once you treat the underlying disease, the hypertension usually goes away.

Obesity in cats can cause a number of cat health problems such as, diabetes, respiratory distress, arthritis, urinal tract disease. Crash diets are not the way to go here. Losing weight to quickly, could trigger fatty liver disease (hepatic lipidosis), a potentially deadly liver disease. Minor reductions in diet and added exercise are a good way to reduce your cats weight.

Cat nutrition for older felines is essential. Research on the Internet for recommendations for a balanced diet, but always consult with your vet. Any changes in their regular diet should be gradual. Feed your senior cat three or four small meals a day to help increase digestive availability, with plenty of fresh water for healthy kidneys.

Its important to watch for elderly cat diseases and any changes in behavior, increases or decreases in appetite, excessive drinking and urination, any unusual behavior should be a cause for alarm.