What antibiotics for cats
Infections are a big problem in geriatric cats and it is a common misconception that they are more susceptible to germs and viruses. When an infection occurs, it is not the cat who is most at risk but the human who lives in the same house.
The most common germs in the geriatric cat are bacteria and parasites. These germs are around all the time and the geriatric cat is just more likely to get an infection because of age-related changes.
Antibiotics are not for geriatric cats
Antibiotics are given to treat infections in people. The geriatric cat is not at risk of an infection. Antibiotics make the geriatric cat fat and unwell.
There are other ways to treat geriatric cats
The geriatric cat is often given a different approach to treatment. This may be due to the fact that the geriatric cat has a different immune system to the younger cat.
For example, for cat asthma, the best treatment is to avoid the trigger that is causing the problem. This is done by cleaning the cat's environment before you start the treatment.
Pellets, oral medications and inhalers are used to treat cat asthma. The cat's environment is changed. The cat is given a course of antibiotics and the air is monitored.
Treatments for cat asthma should be done under the supervision of a veterinarian.
For cat diarrhoea, the goal is to keep the cat hydrated. This is done with a cat food that provides high moisture content at all times.
For some geriatric cats, treatment is not needed. You will need to monitor the situation and make sure that changes to the treatment are made only when the changes are beneficial.
For example, if a geriatric cat develops weight loss, this is easily reversed with the appropriate changes to the diet and feeding schedule.
The geriatric cat is an individual
The geriatric cat is an individual and needs to be treated as an individual.
Many geriatric cats live for many years and all geriatric cats respond differently to treatment.
If your cat is geriatric, you may be able to see a noticeable benefit from changes to the diet and feeding schedule.
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