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.
|Number of pages||16|
|Journal||Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery|
|Publication status||Published - Sep 2009|