Senior Cat Care
As your cat ages, there may be some health concerns that arise. Senior pets can require specialized care to help them continue living a healthy life. We offer wellness bloodwork and urinalysis to help monitor your dog’s health as they age. It can help detect diseases early and extend the lifespan of our senior patients.
At what stage is a cat considered a senior? How to spot signs of aging?
Generally, cats are considered geriatric or senior at 7-10 years old. Signs of ageing can include decreased activity, stiffness and decreased mobility, and loss of muscle mass or weight loss.
My senior cat is losing weight, what can I do?
If you think your senior cat is losing weight, we recommend booking a consultation with one of our veterinarians as there may be an underlying medical reason for the weight loss. However, as a preventative measure, you can switch your senior pet to a diet specially formulated for them. These senior diets often have more digestible protein sources to help maintain a healthy weight and muscle mass.
What are some tips for how to care for my senior cat?
To help keep your senior pet as healthy as possible, we recommend physical examinations twice a year, along with wellness bloodwork to detect early signs of kidney or liver disease, among others. Senior cat food can help maintain a healthy lifestyle as well as supplements for joint care and mobility.
What are some common health issues experienced by senior cats?
Some of the most common health issues seen in older cats include tumours or cancer, dental disease, and kidney disease.
Why is my senior cat having behavioural issues?
Behavioural issues in cats like aggression or inappropriate elimination can be signs of pain or disease. If you have noticed a sudden change in your cat’s behaviour, a physical exam with one of our veterinarians may be needed.