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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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.

Debi    Ft. Lauderdale, FL

10/5/2013 12:20:19 AM

Since dental disease (in all forms) seems to rank quite highly and can lead to many other life threatening illnesses, why hasn't anyone come up with a palatable and easy way to combat this? I do brush my 2 year old Selkirk Rex's teeth 3x a week mostly because it's such a torture for him! Of course I make it as pleasant as possible and praise him and such but there must be some kind of "chew" that can help with dental disease and not feel like kitty is being tortured!

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