Feline Fountain of Youth

Dr. Bernadine Cruz  on Pet Life Radio

Cats are living longer than ever.  Why?  More of them living indoors, their owners are teaming with veterinarians to address health needs in a more proactive manner along with advances in medical research. 

With their increased life span comes aging. Getting old isn’t a disease it is a process and it happens right in front of your eyes, day by day.  It seems like yesterday that your cat was a kitten.  Now your veterinarian is talking about senior issues.  Pet parents try to slow the process by myriad techniques.  It is not uncommon for an owner to rave about a new supplement or food that has turned their geriatric feline into a kitten during their cat’s wellness visit.  Rather than being ecstatic about their discovery, I am often wary that their cats may be afflicted with a common hormonal condition, hyperthyroidism.

Dr. Hazel Carney, describes herself as “one of the oldest living cat-only doctors left in captivity”.  She is also the Chair of the American Association of Feline Practitioners Guidelines Committee.