Like us, as cats age health problems can creep up more often. It’s better to monitor senior cat health and take the preventative approach, though, versus dealing with an illness once it’s taken hold.
A cat is typically considered a senior at 8-10 years of age. Once a cat becomes a senior, it’s best to take him for check-ups every six months. Following are five tests to monitor senior cat health:
- Blood chemistry profile
- Complete blood count
- Thyroid test
- Blood pressure check
It’s not unusual for these tests to cost hundreds of dollars, but there are financing options available. I’ve used CareCredit several times to cover pet medical expenses and it’s been a lifesaver for me!
Check their site, carecredit.com to see if your vet office is a member. If they are, application for a card is easy. Once you have an account, present your card at the time vet services are provided, and you can get interest-free financing if charges are paid off within the predefined timeframe.