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Geriatric Health and Wellness

As devoted cat lovers ourselves, we know that it can be difficult to watch your senior cat struggle as they age. We are here to make sure that your cat lives out their golden years in health and comfort.

We are proud to be able to provide ongoing health and wellness services to aging and elderly cats.

Common Issues in Aging Cats

Senior cats benefit greatly from ongoing, preventative care – so do not stop bringing your cat in to see us as they age. We should see you and your senior cat at least annually, but potentially every six months depending on their health needs.

Age-related issues for senior cats include:

  • Changes in vision

  • Decreased kidney function

  • Changes in thyroid function

  • Arthritis and joint pain

  • Altered sleep cycle

  • Brittle or ingrown nails

  • Heart or circulatory system problems

  • Difficulty digesting or absorbing nutrients

With regular wellness care from Houston Cat Hospital, any of the above changes can be detected and treated early on before it causes larger health issues.

Wellness Care for Senior Cats

Our goal is to keep your senior cat as healthy as possible for as long as possible. You know your cat best; if or when you notice changes in their health or behavior, let us know right away. We are your partner in your cat’s healthcare. We can help you manage their health to preserve their quality of life and extend their longevity.

Wellness visits for senior cats typically include examining:

  • Weight

  • Skin and coat

  • Mouth, gums, and teeth

  • Ears and eyes

  • Lungs and nose

  • Joints and muscles

We will also ask you to give us an update on your cat’s general health and well-being. Have you noticed any changes in their eating or sleeping habits? Are they starting to struggle to get up onto furniture or jump down from high places? All of this information can be exceedingly valuable in assessing your senior cat’s condition.

We will give you recommendations for taking care of your senior cat at home, such as changing their diet for more nutritional support or rearranging your cat’s space to accommodate developing joint issues.

Quality of Life Services

Our priority is your cat’s health and comfort. When their condition deteriorates and regular medical interventions are no longer helpful, you may need to make the difficult decision to pursue euthanasia. We understand that it is never easy to make this decision. Our team of cat lovers is here for you so you can be confident you are making the right decision at the right time.