Cats are very good at hiding illness. Oftentimes they show no (or very few) symptoms until they are seriously ill, stressing the importance of annual exams. Routine physical exams and screening blood tests are very important in your aging kitty.
Cats are stoic and private creatures. It is often difficult to tell if they are sick during the early stages of disease. As cats age and organ function decreases, they are prone to more illnesses. An older cat ages the equivalent of five years in one human year. Imagine if you didn’t visit your doctor between the ages of 70 and 75, 75 and 80 or between 80 and 85! A lot can change in five years! This is why we recommend senior cats be examined twice a year.
Additionally, a minimum of annual blood screening and urinalysis is advised to aid in early disease detection. Because cats are masters of hiding illness, simple blood tests can be invaluable. The earlier we detect a problem, the more likely we are able to help.