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"If I had known i was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself!! "  - Mae West


Growing old is much better than the alternative and while old age isn’t a disease in itself, as we get older bits of us stop working as well as they once did. What is true for us is equally true for cats. It isn’t so long ago that the life expectancy of a cat was barely into double figures but today we often see cats that are in their late teens or even early twenties.  Much of this improvement in longevity is due to better care at home and advances in veterinary medicine.  What is becoming more evident is that cats are much better than us at hiding signs of conditions associated with growing older.  Many conditions of senior cats are insidious in onset and often have little in the way of clinical signs in the early stages and when signs do become apparent it can be too late to rectify the problem.  Cats don’t lose weight because they are getting older, they lose weight because they develop problems with their teeth so it’s uncomfortable to eat or they lose weight because they develop an over active thyroid. Cats don’t drink more as they get older, they drink more because their kidneys aren’t as good at concentrating their urine or because they develop diabetes. Now perhaps Puss’n Boots has big eyes with dilated pupils because he’s cute or maybe it’s a sign that he has high blood pressure and perhaps Bagpuss is just a bit chubby but that could lead to diabetes and aggravate arthritis.

To help identify cats that may be at risk of developing problems associated with growing older we have decided to launch a Senior Cat Screening Programme.  This programme will be run by our Veterinary Nurses and is designed to pick up health issues that may be affecting your cat’s well being but before they start to cause obvious problems.   This programme will run throughout February and is free of charge.  So if your cat is ten years old or older why not arrange an appointment with our reception staff