AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF FELINE PRACTITIONERS Senior Care Guidelines

Jeanne Pittari, Ilona Roden, Gerard Beekman, Danielle Gunn-Moore, David Polzin, Joseph Taboada, Helen Tuzio, Debra Zoran

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Abstract / Description of output

Background Cats are the most popular pet in the United States and much of Northern Europe. Although 78% of owners consider their cats to be family members, many cats, particularly seniors, do not receive appropriate preventive care.(1-3) One of the main obstacles to owner compliance is the lack of a clear recommendation by the veterinary team.(4) Guidelines can help veterinarians to minimize this obstacle, strengthen the human-pet-veterinary bond, and improve the quality of life of cats.

Goals The goals of this article are to assist veterinarians to:

Deliver consistent high-quality care to senior cats.

Promote longevity and improve the quality of life of senior cats by: recognizing and controlling health risk factors; facilitating and promoting early detection of disease; improving or maintaining residual organ function; and delaying the progression of common conditions.

Define aspects of screening, diagnosis, treatment and anesthesia of senior cats.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)763-778
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Feline Medicine and Surgery
Volume11
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2009

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