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.
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 can I spot signs of aging?
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. If you are concerned that 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.
What are some tips for how to care for my senior cat?
Senior pet food is one of the easiest ways you can help care for an elderly cat. These diets are nutritionally balanced and enriched with supplements to help protect vital ageing organs. You may also want to keep a journal to write down any unusual behaviour or to note how they are eating and drinking.
What are some common health issues experienced by senior cats?
Renal failure, hyperthyroidism, arthritis, and dental disease make up the majority of the health problems that we see in senior cats. An annual checkup and possible blood work are the best ways to screen for these issues.
Why is my senior cat having behavioural issues?
Changes in behaviour, such as aggression, hiding, vocalization or excessive grooming, may be an indication that your cat is in pain. Lethargy and weakness could be a sign of dehydration or illness. Since changes in behaviour may be the first indication of illness, it is strongly recommended to have a consult with one of our vets, since early diagnosis and treatment will often result in a better prognosis in the long run.
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 Monday, March 30, 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 250.715.5143. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan. If you do not have a cell phone please knock our door to let us know you have arrived and then return to your vehicle.
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.
3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm. Saturday: 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 and take payment over the phone. 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. Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
7. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.
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 Prevost Veterinary Clinic