As a rule, cats start to show signs of old age from the age of 12. Of course, until this age and even after, they continue to live, but they are now subject to recurrent illnesses. Thus, to face their health constraints, there are measures to be taken. Before looking at the latter, here are the most common diseases in old cats.
What are the diseases of old cats?
In old age, cats have a more vulnerable immune system, which leaves them open to viruses and infections. As an owner, you must therefore remain attentive to the changes that are taking place on the physical level in your cat as it ages. Among the diseases that threaten old cats are:
- Feline hyperthyroidism
- Emaciation or anorexia
- Vomiting and diarrhea
- Kidney disease
- Thirst or increased urination
In addition, in old age, the probability that your cat also suffers from urinary diseases, skin abscesses and skin tumors is high. When a cat hangs out with any of these common illnesses, there are symptoms that manifest it, but it is always good to take advice from people who are knowledgeable about it.
What are the symptoms of a sick cat?
The symptoms that a sick cat displays vary from disease to disease. There are still some common signs that your cat is sick. Indeed, an elderly cat who is affected by a disease is prone to losing its hair and experiencing swelling of the skin. It is, moreover, the most frequent sign.
In addition, the animal often experiences increased thirst and decreased appetite, which promotes weight loss. He has recurrent vomiting and diarrhea. His movements are also slower and less agile. He also has a very hazy iris, incisors and canines, as well as fragile molars.
Moreover, with regard to urinary and kidney diseases, symptoms such as: inflammation of the bladder, bacterial infection of the lower urinary tract, urinary blockage.
How to react to a sick cat?
The life expectancy of cats ranges from 14 to 16 years. There are even some who live to 20 years. To have such longevity, it is important that the cat lives away from dangers, that it is sterilized and receives the care necessary for its well-being. Thus, dealing with the diseases of an elderly cat means first of all to be attentive to the symptoms that it shows.
Before any treatment for an illness, it is essential to carry out a health check (clinical examination, blood test) in order to detect what the feline is suffering from. Once these evaluations have been made, the veterinarian will indicate the treatment inherent to the illness from which he is suffering. It is your duty to follow said indications.
By the way, now you also have to pay special attention, take care and avoid stress.