At Yorkshire Veterinary Hospital (YVH) we value your cat as part of our family too. As your cat ages, their needs change, therefore their veterinary care changes as well. Our veterinarians take pride in guiding pet parents through the changing needs of senior cats. Our goal is to prolong your cat's life by taking preventative measures to ensure they stay as happy and healthy as possible.
Since cats age much faster than us human folk, they are considered seniors around 10 years of age. We work hard to make your cat’s transition into senior life as seamless as possible. As they age, their bodies begin to change. Some cats experience changes in their mobility, hearing, eyesight, brain function, and possibly internal health changes as well. Senior wellness exams allow your veterinarian to track any health changes in your cat so they can treat any issues at their first sign.
A senior wellness exam is different from a wellness exam for a younger cat. Senior exams are specifically oriented to ensure your cat is aging well. During a senior exam, your veterinarian will evaluate your cat for changes that may accompany aging. We recommend annual bloodwork for all senior pets. Bloodwork is an useful tool for detecting early signs of disease that cannot be seen on a physical exam, such as early signs of kidney disease or thyroid problems.
Senior wellness visits are an ideal time to discuss the changing needs of your beloved family member. As cats age, their requirements for nutrition, exercise, and sleep change. While they may want to, senior cats are not always capable of doing the same things they did in their youth. A genuine conversation with your veterinarian about how you can best help your cat continue to live life to the fullest during their golden years is key to their overall well-being.
Aging With Grace
While we cannot stop cats from aging, we can certainly help them to age as gracefully as possible. At Yorkshire Veterinary Hospital, we are able to offer therapeutic services to our patients in addition to traditional veterinary medicine. We offer feline chiropractic, rehabilitation, and acupuncture therapies. These progressive services can help keep your cat comfortable during their golden years as they can help reduce age related skeletal pain, alleviate muscle fatigue or inflammation, and boost their immune system.