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|Here is a link to the American Association of Feline Practitioners SENIOR CARE GUIDELINES.
It does not give a hard and fast rule for classifying "senior" cats, but says this:
"There is no specific age at which a cat "becomes senior." Individual animals and body systems age at different rates, but one convenient way to view older cats is to classify them as "mature or middle aged" (7-10 years), "senior" (11-14 years), and "geriatric” (15+ years). (FAB) This helps to focus on the varying disease risks of the different groups (e.g. obesity in the mature group; cachexia in the geriatric group). In this document, as elsewhere, the word "senior" is used as a broad category for all older cats, unless otherwise noted."
It goes on to make a recommendation for examinations with blood, urine and possibly T4 and BP tests in senior cats "at least annually starting at age 7-10, with the frequency increasing as cats age. Specific recommendations about age and frequency of testing depend on many factors."
So I think it can vary from vet to vet at what age they consider a cat "senior", when they recommend starting yearly blood tests, and when they recommend going from the annual checkup to a semi-annual checkup.
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