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Issue number 30.2 Other Scientific

Geroscience and the aging cat

Published 12/11/2020

Written by Nathalie J. Dowgray

Also available in Français , Deutsch , Italiano , Español and ภาษาไทย

Science has started to unravel the processes behind aging. In this article Nathalie Dowgray offers a brief overview of what we know so far and what developments may lie ahead for both animals and humans.

Geroscience and the aging cat

Key Points

Aging in the cat is poorly defined, but follows similar patterns to other mammals.

In humans, the word geriatric tends to be used when age-related diseases impair health and well-being.

In future, manipulation of the biological processes of aging may postpone the onset of age-related diseases.

A future focus of veterinary medicine is to extend the health span, as well as the lifespan, of our domestic pets.

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