COVID-19 (Coronavirus) – an update for our clients.

Warning signs of illness in older cats

April 14, 2020

Cats age in much the same way as humans do – although obviously from much earlier, so their middle age tends to start at around seven years. The ageing process can affect their sleep patterns, hearing and sight, as well as the function of their organs, including the digestive system.

Generally, they will slow down, may sleep more and go out less, and may become susceptible to more illnesses as their immune system becomes weaker. Weight gain and loss might also occur. It’s best to give your older cat a weekly check-up of your own, so our head nurse, Emma, has put together a check-list you can follow here.

As ever, if you’ve any questions after reading this, don’t hesitate to call us on 01202 747678 for advice.

How to check your middle-aged cat

  1. As well as the usual stroking and petting, take a moment each week to run your hands all over your cat’s body, checking for mats and knots and making sure there are no lumps or bumps. This will also help you tell if your cat is gaining or losing weight, which can both be signs of underlying issues.
  2. Check your cat’s teeth and breath – if its breath is bad it may be a sign of dental disease or another underlying illness.
  3. Make sure its nose is cool and damp, eyes bright, ears clean, coat shiny.
  4. Have your cat’s toilet habits changed? If it starts to have accidents around the home it will be worth giving us a call for some advice.

If anything seems unusual in your cat’s physicality or behaviour, the team at Walton Lodge Vets are on the end of the phone 01202 747678, and don’t forget to contact us in an emergency.

Contact us in an emergency

If you have an appointment coming up or if your cat needs urgent attention, then please read our latest COVID-19 information on the current situation.

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