Top Older Cat Diseases

What's the No. 1 illness that affects senior cats? Banfield's State of Pet Health 2013 reveals the surprising answer.

By Fran Pennock-Shaw | Posted: September 24, 2013, 12 p.m. EDT

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Senior Cat Diseases
The most common diseases diagnosed in senior cats (over age 10) who visited Banfield Pet Hospitals nationwide in 2012 are ranked below. The chart compiled by Banfield researcher Sandi Lefebvre, DVM, PhD, shows the percentage of seniors among all 457,000 cats included in Banfield's 2013 State of Pet Health Report.

Diagnosis Percentage of all cats in age category
Dental tartar
52.4%
Overweight
14.4%
Heart murmur
8.7%
Malaise (depression)
8.5%
Gingivitis
8.0%
Chronic renal failure
7.88%
Otitis externa (ear infection) 7.5%
Underweight
6.9%
Cystitis  
6.8%
Periodontal disease stage 2
6.5%
Hyperthyroidism
6.3%
Periodontal disease stage 1
6.0%
Fleas
5.8%
Healthy Pet
5.7%
Periodontal disease stage 3
4.8%
Feline respiratory virus  
3.3%
Diabetes mellitus
3.2%
Obesity
3.2%
Aggressive behavior
3.0%
Dermatitis  
2.9%
Skin tumors
2.6%
Vomiting
2.5%
Nuclear sclerosis (aging of the eye lens)
2.4%
Conjunctivitis (eye infection)
2.4%
Periodontal disease stage 4
2.3%
Arthritis
2.2%
Flea allergy dermatitis
2.1%
Abscess
1.8%
Alopecia (hair loss)
1.7%
Lameness
1.7%
Tooth lesions
1.5%
Colitis (large bowel disease)
1.5%
Fractured tooth
1.5%
Tapeworm infection
1.5%
Hepatopathy (liver disease)
1.4%
Neoplasia
1.4%
Constipation
1.4%
Gastroenteritis (GI disease)
1.4%
Inappropriate elimination
1.3%
Metabolic disorder
1.1%
Abscess
1.0%
Acute renal failure
1.0%
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dorinda    International

11/21/2014 10:34:13 AM

Murray has had almost every thing. A bad heart, pancreastitis 3x's, one working kidney, misshapened lungs, 2 herinated discs, can no longer pee on his own, bowel problems, and really bad teeth. Murray is a trooper. some of these diseases you did not list.

Dan    Fulleron, CA

11/11/2014 8:03:17 PM

You didn't make mention of kidney failure for age related death!

Galadriel    Lothlorien, ME

11/20/2013 11:51:59 PM

Good to know.

Don    Syracuse, NY

10/19/2013 12:30:24 AM

Thanks for new information.

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