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Senior Cat Services

Senior Cat Care

Cats are considered to be seniors around 11 to 13 years of age. During their senior years, we recommend a physical examination at least once yearly, vaccination (if health permits), and examination of a stool sample. Depending on your pet’s health status, semi-annual or annual blood and urine screening may be advised. Senior pets who develop specific problems may need to have blood and urine levels monitored as often as every few weeks or months.

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


Signs of ageing in an older cat include muscle wasting, weight loss, decreased grooming, sleeping more, and decreased mobility. We recommend examinations every 6 to 12 months to help your senior pet stay happy and healthy. Together you and your veterinarian can monitor and plan the best senior care for your pet.

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


Make an appointment with your veterinarian if you are noticing any changes in your pet.

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


Veterinary visits every six months. Since cats age seven years to every one human year, your senior cat needs medical examinations every six months to help maintain and catch any illness early.

What are some common health issues experienced by senior cats?


Common health issues encountered by senior cats include hyperthyroidism, kidney disease, arthritis, dental disease, urinary tract infections, and constipation. However, like humans every pet is unique, regular examinations and blood testing is the best way to catch health issues early.

Why is my senior cat having behavioural issues?


Your senior cat (or any pet at any age) might be displaying behavioural issues to try and get your attention that something is wrong. Any changes in your pets’ behaviour should be taken seriously and followed up with a visit to your veterinarian.

Is your older cat confused?


Cognitive dysfunction is very common for cats, as it is for ourselves. We have foods with supplements to help to slow down the brain ageing process, and that can keep cats more alert, help with their day/night cycle, etc.

Why are physical exams important for my senior cat?


During annual or semi-annual check-ups in older pets, weight gain or losses will be assessed, and you will be asked questions regarding your pet’s appetite, lameness, changes in drinking, urinating, bathroom habits, general attitude, and energy levels. Changes in any of these areas may indicate an early problem, and by performing diagnostic tests, we can improve the quality and length of life for your senior pet.

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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. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 905-855-2100. We will bring your pet into the hospital for an examination with the veterinarian. The veterinarian will then call you to discuss our recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a technician will return your pet to your car and take care of any needed medications and payment.

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time. However, if you're unsure whether your pet needs medical attention, please call us to discuss your situation.

3. 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. At this time, we are limiting food purchases to 2 bags or 2 cases per client. 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.

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

5. 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 Clarkson Village Animal Hospital