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Senior Cat Care

Cats are living longer because of preventative health care, good consistent nutrition, dental care and more and more cats being housed indoors exclusively.

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


There are several stages of a cat’s life. A mature cat is between 7-10 years, a senior cat is between 11-14 years and a geriatric cat is more than 14 years old. Signs of ageing include weight loss, a decrease in activity and grooming, behaviour changes (such as accidents outside the litter box), changes in eating and drinking and difficulty jumping up.

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


A physical exam is always recommended. Our veterinarians will thoroughly examine all systems (sensory, cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, neurological and urogenital). Based on their physical examination further tests such as bloodwork, urinalysis and radiographs may be recommended to determine the cause of the weight loss.

How can I care for my senior cat?


There are several interventions that owners can make to keep older cats happy. They include senior diets, interactive toys to help keep them active, easy access to litter boxes and food and water dishes.

What are some common health issues?


Some common health issues are kidney disease, hyperthyroidism, diabetes, obesity, poor mobility, and osteoarthritis.

Why is my senior cat having behavioural issues?


Behavioural issues can be a result of health problems such as hyperthyroidism but can also be due to cognitive dysfunction.

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Anesthesia Free Dentals: What to Know

Dental disease in pets is an important topic in veterinary medicine and is constantly evolving. We have noticed an increasing amount of interest in the concept of dental cleaning and scaling of a pets’ teeth without the use of anesthesia.

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Last updated: May 29, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 2020 some restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, and more! If you're unsure whether your pet needs medical attention, please call us to discuss your situation.

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

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

4. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

- Monday - Thursday: 7:30 am - 7:00 pm
- Friday: 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
- Saturday: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
- Sunday: CLOSED


NEW PET OWNERS

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.

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

- Your dedicated team at Aurora Animal Clinic