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Senior Cat Care

Senior cats, as with senior humans, require more specialized care than younger cats. Cats have a much shorter lifespan than humans do. As the cat ages, it is important to routinely monitor any changes in health or behaviour.

What are the stages of a senior cat’s life? What are signs of ageing?

Your cat enters early seniority at approximately 9-10 years of age. Senior cats are susceptible to changes we see in senior humans. Kidney issues, thyroid issues, obesity and arthritis are common in senior pets. As your cat continues to age, there may some behaviour changes such as increased vocalization as well as vision and hearing changes. That’s why more frequent check-ups are recommended for senior cats.

My senior cat is losing weight, what can I do?

If your cat is losing weight without any other changes (such as a change in diet), then please call Cambrian Animal Hospital to schedule an appointment for an exam. Kidney or thyroid illnesses are just two examples of the many conditions that can cause weight loss in your cat. Once our veterinarian has done the physical examination, a recommendation for diagnostic tests will be made to determine the cause of the weight loss.

How can I care for my senior cat?

Nutrition is critical for senior cats. You should be sure to feed a good quality food designed for senior or mature cats. Twice yearly examinations are an excellent method to monitor health. Bloodwork to check the internal workings in your beloved pet should be done routinely. Our veterinarians can also make suggestions for supplements that will benefit your pet’s specific needs, such as Glucosamine.

What are some common health issues?

Some of the most common health issues in senior cats include arthritis, chronic kidney disease, and hyperthyroidism. There is no cure for these conditions, but the conditions can be controlled with nutrition, medication, and supplements to ensure that your cat is feeling good and has a good quality of life.

Why is my senior cat having behavioural issues?

Senior cats frequently develop behavioural issues because they don’t adapt as well as younger cats to changes in the household. Senior cats enjoy routine and small changes can affect their behaviours. Changes such as furniture being moved, litter boxes being moved, the addition of new pets into the house, etc. can really affect senior cats. Senior cats can also develop some senility (just as some senior people do) so some behavioural changes can be caused by senility. Other behaviour issues can be related to changes in the health of the senior cat and are frequently the first symptoms noted by the owner. If your senior cat has developed some behavioural issues, please contact the hospital for recommendations.

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

Last updated: Tuesday, May 19, 2020

1. We are currently operating a "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. Our door will be locked. Please call the number posted on the front door when you arrive and one of our Registered Veterinary Technicians will come to take the history and collect your pet. Our veterinarian will contact you by phone to discuss your pet's health before you leave.

2. We can now see all cases by appointment only.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 8 am - 6 pm, Wednesday 8 am - 7 pm, and Friday 8 am - 4 pm.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 3-5 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us ahead of time to ensure we have what you need and can have it prepared before your arrival. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the Online Store, please visit our website.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this disease.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid, and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at Cambrian Animal Hospital