As our furry feline family members get older, bringing them in for regular checkups becomes that much more critical. Cats are masters at hiding pain, illnesses, and when they are just not feeling right. We recommend bringing your cat in at least every 12 months for a checkup.
What are the stages of a senior cat’s life? How can I spot signs of aging?
The signs of aging are gradual and can be very subtle. If you notice any changes in their behaviour (ie. hiding or socializing more than usual), an increase/decrease in their eating and drinking habits, or avoidance of the litter box, we recommend having them examined by one of our veterinarians.
My senior cat is losing weight, what can I do?
Cats are fantastic at hiding when they are sick or in any kind of pain. Losing weight can be a sign/symptom of an illness or disease. If you notice that your cat is losing weight, we recommend bringing them in for an appointment with one of our veterinarians.
What are some tips for taking care of my senior cat?
We recommend bringing them in at least every 12 months to have them examined. This way we can monitor any changes to their health. We also recommend doing routine blood work to ensure that all of their internal organs and their red/white blood cells are functioning well.
What are some common health issues experienced by senior cats?
As your furry feline friend gets older, they may be more prone to a handful of health issues. Arthritis, muscle loss, behavioural changes, dental disease, and cancer are just a few to name. The most common disease is kidney disease. Early detection can be key in treating this disease, which is why we recommend yearly blood work. Early detection can allow us to intervene early with measures such as diet change to help slow the progression of the disease.