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As the companion who cares for your cat every day, there’s much that you can do to keep your cat healthy and happy. Your veterinarian can provide guidance on making the most of your cat’s senior years, including understanding the common signs of ageing, deciding what to feed your cat, and looking for signs of common age-related diseases.
What are the stages of a senior cats life? How to spot signs of ageing?
Like people or dogs, some cats age faster than others. Cats can be placed into one of three groups, mature/middle-aged (7-10 years of age), senior (11-14 years of age) and geriatric (15+ years of age). Some common signs of ageing in cats include: changes to the senses (vision, hearing, taste and smell), decreased mobility, changes in sleeping and eating patterns and modifications in litter box habits. Any significant change that you have noticed, whether acute in onset or gradual, warrants a trip to the veterinarian.
My senior cat is losing weight, what can I do?
Weight loss can be a very serious clinical sign in senior cats. When you have noticed that your cat has been losing weight, please make an appointment with your veterinarian immediately. You will want to have kept track of appetite (how much food your cat is eating and how frequently), how much water is being consumed, litter box habits, and any vomiting or diarrhea episodes. Your veterinarian will collect a thorough history from you, do a physical examination and likely recommend blood work and a urinalysis.
How can I care for my senior cat?
There are many practical things a pet owner can do for their ageing cats; schedule regular veterinary examinations. Ensure your cat’s favourite resting spot is not in a drafty area of the house, provide easy access to basic needs (e.g. avoid putting litter boxes down many flights of stairs or keeping litter boxes wide and shallow). Provide jumps/stools to allow your pet to reach favourite perches easily. Brush/groom frequently but gently, minimise stress and changes and provide a high quality and appropriate diet.
What are some common health issues?
Some common health problems in senior cats include kidney disease, an overactive thyroid gland, diabetes, arthritis, dental disease and cancer.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.
1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!
2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE
If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
4. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
NEW PET OWNERS
Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!