Fluffy is a 19 year old, 5 pound female cat. Her appetite has been very poor and she has been losing weight over the last year. She has had repeated cycles of antibiotics for her periodontal disease (receded gum lines and infection). On physical exam the only abnormalities are a heart murmur and being underweight. Her senior blood and urine profile looks amazing for a 19 year old cat. She has not had a corrective dental cleaning because her owner is terrified of putting a geriatric cat under anesthesia.
Mr. Whiskers greeted me as I walked into the exam room with a sweet head rub and then began to happily walk around the room. Besides his lovely personality, the first things I noticed were his skinny little body, stiff hind limbs and his inability to gracefully jump up to the chair to sit next to his mom.
His caretaker and I began to discuss his body and history which alerted me to several health concerns even before completing the physical exam. She was surprised at my concern, given that she thought these were all normal signs of aging in a cat. During the physical exam along with lab work and a blood pressure, we discovered several issues including arthritis, hyperthyroid disease and partial blindness from hypertension.