Make Vet Visits a Priority
Feline experts recommend aging cats—even healthy ones—see the vet more often, at least every six months. Jeanne Pittari, DVM, DABVP says that six months for a senior cat is roughly equivalent to two years for a person. "A lot can change in that time," she says. "Getting to know a cat and its owner facilitates a strong working relationship, allowing me to do my absolute best to meet the needs of each individual patient." Your vet may schedule blood, urine and blood pressure tests periodically in addition to a thorough general exam. Prepare questions for your vet, including concerns about behavioral changes. "You know your cat and its routines better than anyone. If your cat has difficulty going up or down steps, does not jump like it used to, or any other changes, we want to know in order to make recommendations," explains Ilona Rodan, DVM, DABVP.
You might also want to consider a cat-friendly vet during this time in your pet’s life. Even if you’re happy with your current vet, your kitty’s needs may eventually require additional, specialized care. Those vet practices have taken extra steps to assure they understand a cat’s unique needs, with kitty-friendly standards and changes designed to decrease stress and offer a more calming environment.