Cats today are living longer and better quality lives than ever before, thanks to improved nutrition, veterinary care and educated owners. This increased longevity means that more cats are reaching an older age, and that owners will be faced with the special demands and problems that become apparent with age. Understanding the aging process and the most common problems that face cats are the first steps in providing the best possible care to felines.
Tailored Wellness Programs
Simple tests can check your cat’s liver and kidneys, white cell count and red cell count, blood sugar, electrolytes, and thyroid status. They can also alert us to hidden infections, inflammatory disease, anemia, and sometimes cancer. Once the problem is identified, appropriate treatment decisions can be made. Many times, a simple change in diet is all that is needed to avoid major health problems in your pet.
Manhattan Cat Specialists is devoted to keeping your senior cat happy, healthy, and comfortable for as long as possible.
Kitten Wellness Plan
This wellness plan is designed to make sure your kitten begins life’s journey on the right track, covering all needed health and wellness care for the first year of life. We test to make sure that we’re starting out free from the FeLV and FIV virus, and then we ensure that the rabies and FVRCP pediatric vaccines are administered at the proper time. We check for intestinal parasites and deworm if necessary. And of course, when it becomes time to spay or neuter, our caring staff is at the ready.
Prime Wellness Plan
Your cat is 3 to 7, the “prime years.” The Prime Wellness Plan consists of a thorough physical examination, complete blood count, serum biochemistry panel, complete urinalysis, and an intestinal parasite evaluation.
Mature/Senior Wellness Plan
Your cat is between 8 and 15, the mature and senior years. Cats in this phase of life are susceptible to illnesses such as chronic renal failure, hyperthyroidism, diabetes and hypertension. The Senior Wellness Program consists of a physical examination, complete blood count, serum biochemistry panel, thyroid function test, complete urinalysis, and intestinal parasite evaluation.
The main focus of geriatric health care is owner education and the early detection and prevention of disease. For geriatric cats (cats over 15 years of age), cats in this phase of life are susceptible to illnesses such as chronic renal failure, diabetes, hyperthyroidism, high blood pressure and urinary tract infections. It is best to tailor the health program to your cat’s specific needs.