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Senior Cat Care

At the Airdrie Animal Health Centre, we know the importance of properly catering to your senior cat. As cats age their behaviour alters, their nutritional needs become different and they experience various physiological changes. It is important for owners to account for these differences in life stages, so your cat can age healthily and comfortably. We recommend senior health exams every 6 months to ensure your senior cat isn’t developing any major health complications and is maintaining a good bill of health.

How do you spot signs of ageing?


As cats age, many exhibit changes in their behaviour, indicating they may be in their senior years. Socially, many older cats become less active and interactive, commonly spending more time sleeping and hiding. Jumping less frequently and failure to self-groom can indicate your cat may have arthritis developing in the later stages of their life.

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


At the Airdrie Animal Health Centre, we record your cat’s weight with every visit to monitor the change in weight over time. Weight loss in felines is not common in healthy cats and can be a serious concern when it occurs. Losing weight could be an early indicator of a severe health complication such as kidney disease. A cat who is shedding weight should be seen by your veterinarian to ensure they are in good health.

What are some common health issues experienced by senior cats?


Like many humans, cats are more predisposed to and often experience a higher occurrence of health complications as they age. Arthritis, kidney disease, thyroid disease and gastrointestinal disease are more commonly presented in later life stages. Having a senior health exam every 6 months can help ensure our veterinarians can identify any diseases in their earlier stages of development and properly manage them.

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Last updated: September 29, 2021

Dear valued clients,

Given the current state of the pandemic in Alberta, we have made the decision to return to a closed-door protocol in an effort to do our best to help control the spread of COVID-19. The health and safety of you and all our staff is our top priority so that we can continue to offer your pets the care they deserve. We ask for your patience and understanding while we navigate these challenging times together.

When you arrive for your appointment, please give us a call from your vehicle. We will ask a few questions before we start the appointment and ensure we have all of your information. We will then meet you and your pet at the door. For all appointments, we ask that you wait in your vehicle in the parking lot while your pet is being examined. The doctor will give you a call once your pet is in the clinic so we ask that you have your cell phone on at all times so there are no delays.

If you are picking up food or medication, give us a call and we will put your order in the bins outside the front Dog Entrance. Please note that you can purchase your food through our online store. Just head over to our website https://www.airdrievets.com/ and choose the online store tab at the top.

Thank you for your cooperation and for helping us all stay healthy. Please be considerate of our staff. We ask only for courtesy and kindness when working with our team as they continue to work tirelessly to provide the best level of care for your pet during these trying times.

Thank you for your continued trust in us.

- Your dedicated team at Airdrie Animal Health Centre