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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: May 25, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 2020 the 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, dental services, and more!

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. 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.

5. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

- Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED

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

- Your dedicated team at Airdrie Animal Health Centre