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Senior Cat Care

As your cat reaches old age, their health, nutrition, and exercise needs change, requiring adapted routines and more frequent checkups.

Your cat may not help you spot any health issues. Instead, they may deliberately hide them. That’s why it’s important to be observant around the house, as well as conscientious about scheduling regular veterinary checkups. With a little preventive care and regular checkups, you can help ensure that your senior cat stays happy and healthy.

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

According to the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP), here are the typical age ranges at which senior feline citizens reach various life stages:

Mature to middle-aged:

  • 7 to 10 years
  • Senior: 11 to 14 years
  • Geriatric: 15+ years

Here are a few of the more common things to watch for: stiffness, dementia, constipation, hearing loss, vision loss, urinating more, eliminating outside of the litterbox, increase or decrease in appetite, drinking more, not keeping up with daily grooming and losing weight.

My senior cat is losing weight. What can I do?

A subtle decrease in your cat’s weight can be the first indication of illness. Unfortunately, weight changes in older cats are often attributed merely to ageing, so clients may not seek veterinary care. If you are concerned this is an issue with your kitty, please schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians as soon as possible. The doctor will be able to get a detailed history and start performing screening tests if required.

How can I care for my senior cat?

The importance of regular wellness check-ups increases along with your cat’s age. Senior cats should be examined by one of our veterinarians at least once every 6 months allowing us to detect any signs of disease at their earliest when they are the most treatable.
This will promote the longest and healthiest life possible for your furry member of the family.

What are some common health issues?

Some common health issues include arthritis, cancer, cognitive disorders, constipation, deafness, dental disease, diabetes, heart disease, hyperthyroidism, vision problems and mostly KIDNEY disease. Your senior cat may be more susceptible to anemia, as well.

Why is my senior cat having behavioural issues?

Aging involves some inevitable slowdowns. Not only will your cat sleep more and become less active, he/she may become irritable, cranky and more easily disturbed. Playful children just may tick them off! So, watch those young kids around your elderly cat and remind them to approach quietly. Even if they have been an angel their entire life and never scratched a soul, their temper will be shorter.

If you have other animals in the household, you may notice them all undergoing behavioural changes. This is because animals develop a natural pecking order, and as your cat ages, their place in that order may change. The other animals can begin to pick on them. If this becomes a problem, you may need to separate them.

Cats are often loners, but you may notice your cat keeps to themselves more often now. Also, many older cats begin to vocalize more, and they become increasingly anxious about the unknown, whether it is people or noises. They may begin to vocalize and cry out at night due to vision or hearing loss. Try to make them as comfortable and relaxed as possible by minimizing changes in their world. If anxiety problems persist or get out of hand, one of our veterinarians can prescribe medication to help.

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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.

The following changes are effective as of Wednesday, March 18, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. Please call 204-269-8162 when you arrive for your appointment or ring the doorbell, and one of our staff members will meet you at the hospital entrance to admit your pet for their exam. Once the veterinarian has finished the exam, we will call to discuss our recommended treatment plan.

2. We are continuing to accept 2 routine appointments per day, per doctor, but priority will be given to urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. If you're unsure whether your pet needs medical attention, please call us to discuss your situation.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours:
- Monday to Thursday 7:30 am - 8:00 pm
- Friday 7:30 am - 6:00 pm
- Saturday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Sunday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 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 when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the Online Store, visit our website.

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

6. 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 Centennial Animal Hospital