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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.


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Last updated: July 23, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we can continue providing our full range of services, under certain restrictions. As our province enters the next phase of the reopening plan, we have some updates to share with you about our safety measures.

We will now see all cases by appointment only including pets in need of vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, parasite prevention, and more.

Beginning June 29, 2020, clients are able to come into the hospital with their pets with the following restrictions:



If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.


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.


Merritt Animal Hospital:
Monday to Friday: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Dresden Veterinary Clinic:
Monday to Friday: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sunday: Closed

Sydenham River Veterinary Office:
Monday - Friday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday: Closed

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

- Your D.M.S Group Veterinary Team