Common Ailments in Senior Cats

Top 10 Issues for Cats Ages 7 to 10 Years

It may have dawned on you that your cat hasn’t been acting much like a kitten lately. If your cat is seven years of age or older, you’re officially the proud owner of a senior citizen.

With the onset of feline senior years comes senior health issues. So, what does this mean for you and your cat? Schedule bi-annual checkups; according to veterinarians this increases the likelihood a health condition can be diagnosed sooner rather than later.

Nationwide pet insurance looked at real-life claims for its feline members between the ages of seven and ten years of age to compile this list of the top 10 most common ailments, including tooth infection, cavity or abscess; bladder or urinary tract disease; vomiting and upset stomach; diabetes Mellitus; diarrhea; kidney disease or failure; skin allergies; excessive thyroid hormone; cancer of lymph node; and inflammatory bowel disorder.

Check out our infographic for more details on the average national cost of care to treat these conditions, some of which can become chronic and require regular treatment throughout the duration of your pet's life. Discuss these conditions with your veterinarian so you’ll know what telltale signs to look for when it comes to your four-legged companion.

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