Cats usually live longer than most dogs and it is no longer unusual for them to live until 20 or beyond. How long an individual cat will live depends on many factors such as genetics, whether kept indoors or not, type of diet and of course the appropriate veterinary care he/she receives.
The rule of thumb is that at about age 7, a cat is considered to be middle-aged. At age 10 and above, a cat is considered to be in geriatric age.
As you can see, a seven year old cat is well into his 'forties'. Since one year for a cat is equivalent to four human years, many changes can take place in what for us, is a fairly short period of time. For this reason we recommend twice yearly exams on cats over 10 years of age and annual exams on younger cats.
As cats age and abnormalities are revealed on physical exam, Dr. Brenda and Dr. Carrie may recommend one or more of the following tests to ensure your cat's good health:
• Blood profile
• Complete blood count
• Thyroid function test
• Blood pressure
• Fecal analysis
• Radiographs (X-rays)
If we can discover an illness early, we may be able to keep your cat feeling better longer!
The Cat's Meow Feline Veterinary Clinic and Hyperthyroid Treatment Center
1017 South Perry Street
Spokane, WA 99202
(7:30 drop off)