Like humans, cats are subject to a number of medical conditions that tend to become more frequent with age. These include resolvable issues such as common dental problems and overweight, yet also include a number of degenerative conditions that, while treatable, nonetheless cannot be cured.
Dental issues are perhaps the most common condition seen, with as many as 75% of all cats requiring veterinary intervention by the time the cat is 3 years old. This results from cats not “brushing and flossing” which often leads to Gingivitis that can progress into Periodontitis.
Common chronic conditions from which there is no return include Diabetes and Hyperthyroidism. These require daily administration of medications for the cat to continue living a quality life. Chronic Renal Failure is, as the name implies, a progressively degenerative condition, which can last for months or even years but will ultimately be fatal.
In this session of Feline-Human Relations 101, we will discuss in more detail the five above mentioned chronic medical conditions. We will emphasize preventive measures that can be taken to reduce the incidence, including risk factors like obesity and carbohydrate intake.
During the second hour in accordance with our meeting format, time will be available to address any questions or situations related to cats that individuals are experiencing and have brought to this group for advice and, where possible, resolution.
PLEASE NOTE: Much of the information presented in Feline-Human Relations 101 is widely accepted and practiced throughout the feline rescue community. Other recommendations are derived from the experience and knowledge of the instructor. However, in neither case are guarantees stated or implied that these methods will work 100% of the time.