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Senior Cat Symptoms That Need Your Attention

January 15 2015

Your senior cat Daisy has become the matriarch of your household. This dignified ten-year-old orange tabby keeps your other cats in line, although she spends most of her time relaxing on her favorite bed. While your elegant cat is healthy, she’s at risk for age-related medical conditions. Once you contact your Fox Lake veterinary clinic about unusual symptoms, the vet can diagnose and treat your favorite feline’s problem.

Nutritional Red Flags

Through the years, Daisy has been an active girl who enjoys daily playtime sessions. She has also spent considerable time racing through the house, pursuing feline interlopers who challenge her rule. Her vigorous exercise, along with her top-notch diet, have helped to keep your cat at normal weight.

However, maybe she has recently been leaving food in her bowl. Or, perhaps Daisy eats normally, but she has become thinner. Either way, something’s out of order. Take your feline companion to the vet for a physical exam and nutritional counseling.

Urinary and Intestinal Concerns

You can’t remember when Daisy had a litter box accident, and she rarely leaves litter scraps on the laundry room floor. However, maybe she has recently deposited smelly puddles on your kitchen tile (or your carpet). Her water consumption habits have also gotten mixed up. Ask the vet to address this developing problem.

For many years, your considerate cat has contained and covered her fecal deposits. However, perhaps she has recently experienced stinky diarrhea episodes outside the litter box. You don’t want your feline companion to become dehydrated, and you’d like the vet to address this problem quickly.

Anti-social Antics

Just like clockwork, Daisy appears for her morning brushing sessions and belly rubs. However, maybe you’ve recently seen her fly under the couch when you approach; and she has hissed at family members she’s known for years. Ask your vet if your feline housemate’s strange actions might signal a medical or behavioral issue.

Varied Diagnostic Tools

To pinpoint Daisy’s ailment, your vet can use diagnostic tools that include a Comprehensive Blood Panel and a urinalysis. He might also request chest and/or abdominal x-rays. If necessary, he’ll pursue advanced tests, such as an electrocardiogram, familiar to human physicians.

After your Fox Lake veterinary clinic diagnoses your cat’s illness, the vet will provide tailored treatment. If your senior cat displays puzzling symptoms, contact us for an appointment.