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Senior Cat Care

Pets are living longer than ever before. With the discovery of new medications, diagnostic testing and treatments, we can keep our best friends comfortable and healthy much longer than in the past, and that is a wonderful thing!

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

If you are noticing weight loss with your cat, there may be a medical explanation that we can treat and help extend the quality and quantity of your cat’s life. It is important you bring your cat in for a full examination. Often, additional testing, such as blood or urine tests will be required to find out why your pet has been losing weight.

What are some tips on how to care for my senior cat?

Most of the care you provide for your senior cat will be similar to that which you provide your older cat. Ensuring that they are on a senior diet to meet their nutritional needs is the first step. Access to clean fresh water is important at any stage of life, however, you may want to add extra water bowls as your cat ages to help support kidney health. If your cat is showing some signs of arthritis, sometimes moving a litter box to a more accessible location or getting one with a shorter step in or larger size box so they don’t have to manipulate their body into different positions or climb as many stairs can be extremely helpful. It is important to bring your cat in for examination regularly since they age faster than we do. In one year of a cat’s life, a lot of things can change medically.

What are some common health issues experienced by senior cats?

A few of the most common health issues we see in senior cats are kidney disease, hyperthyroidism, cancer, dental disease, arthritis and heart disease. Many of these conditions are treatable so be sure to discuss them with the doctor at your cat’s examination.

Why is my senior cat having behavioural issues?

Since there are so many different conditions that can affect older cats, sometimes a medical explanation can be found for behavioural changes. For example, if your cat has started urinating inappropriately, there may be some issues with his or her kidney health. If you are noticing behavioural changes, book an appointment for an examination and we can help to identify the cause.

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Last updated: November 3, 2020

Dear Clients,

We are all aware of the concerns and rapidly changing situation with COVID-19. Due to the close public contact that our work requires, we have taken necessary measures to protect our clients, our team and work hard to ensure we can continue to provide excellent care for our patients.

Thank you for your cooperation and patience in these matters. Please stay healthy and 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.

The following updates are effective Wednesday November 4, 2020.

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

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. 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.

5. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours - please note that evening appointments are only available for vaccination clinics:

Monday: 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
Tuesday to Thursday: 8:00am - 8:00pm
Friday: 8:00am - 5:30pm
Saturday: 8:30 am - 1:30 pm
Sunday: Closed

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Aylmer Veterinary Clinic