Senior Blood and Urine Testing
We recommend senior blood and urine testing at least once a year, sometimes twice yearly or more frequently in cats with certain chronic medical conditions. This testing checks kidney and liver function, thyroid hormone level, blood glucose for diabetic screening, red and white blood cell counts, and urinalysis. Early detection is key for best prognosis.
Blood Pressure Screening
We begin recommending yearly blood pressure screenings for all cats starting at eight years of age. Older cats with diagnosed hypertension (high blood pressure) or other medical conditions that put them at a higher risk (hyperthyroidism, chronic kidney disease) may require biannual (twice yearly) screening for closer monitoring. Like in people, high blood pressure is a silent killer in cats. It can lead to blindness (retinal detachment), kidney disease, and stroke.
Signs of Pain in Cats
It’s very important with cats to know the signs to watch for because cats are masters of hiding illnesses and pain! If you feel your cat may show signs of discomfort, please call to schedule an examination.
- Decreased appetite
- Reduced mobility
- Less active
- Decreased grooming
- Changes in urination or defecation habits
- Hunched or tucked-up position instead of curled-up when sleeping or resting
- Sensitivity to touch
- Behavioral changes
Gentle and Compassionate End of Life Care
Hospice and end of life care services are available. Hospice care aims to provide supportive care to cats in their final stages of life with a focus on maintaining quality of life and making the cat as comfortable and pain free as can be.