We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.
Cats are considered “seniors” by the time they reach 10 years of age, and you can expect to notice changes in appetite, activity and overall behaviour. Fortunately, kitties today often live well into their teens and even their early 20s. The best way to help keep your cat as healthy as possible later in life is to recognize signs of ageing and learn more about common diseases that can affect senior cats.
What are the stages of a senior cat’s life? How to spot signs of aging?
A cat is considered to be mature once they reach 7 years of age. At that age, you may see some health issues. Once a cat reaches the age of 11, they are considered a senior, and you can expect some insufficiency in organs function. If your kitty reaches 15 or older, they are considered geriatric and will likely need regular veterinary care.
My senior cat is losing weight, what can I do?
Weight loss is often an alarming sign of an underlying medical issue in a senior cat. If your senior cat loses weight, we recommend contacting the clinic and arranging for a complete health check-up.
What are some tips for how to care for my senior cat?
Senior cats have different care requirements than those of younger cats; regular check-ups are essential to your pet’s health. Consider switching your cat’s diet to a senior, high quality, diet. Keep your cat active and mentally stimulated at all times. Maintain your cat’s dental hygiene/care. Consider implementing safety measures around the house for your cat since senior pets usually have various degrees of vision and hearing loss. Please feel free to call our clinic at 204.489.9111 to speak to one of our team members regarding your senior pet’s health care.
What are some common health issues experienced by senior cats?
The most common health issues in senior cats are chronic kidney disease, increased thyroid hormones, osteoarthritis, and dental disease.
Why is my senior cat having behavioural issues?
A change in behaviour often indicates an underlying medical problem. We recommend a complete physical exam by one of our veterinarians to reveal any physical issues. It is common for geriatric cats to have some cognitive dysfunction.
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 for your appointment of food/prescription pick up, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 204-489-9111. We will provide you with further instructions.
2. We are still scheduling all types of appointments but are prioritizing those for urgent or sick pets.
3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm and Saturday from 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 clinic. 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 Catrysse Veterinary Services