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Senior Cat Care

As your beloved friend gets older, preventative care is the best way to keep on top of changes in your cat’s health.

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

You’re only as old as you feel, right? Life stages are classified as middle-aged (7-10 years), senior (11-14 years) and geriatric (15 + years). Yearly wellness exams accompanied with blood work are a great way to keep on top of subtle changes in your feline friend.

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

Senior and thin do not go hand in hand. If you notice your pet is looking a little thinner, it is best to schedule an appointment so that your veterinary team can perform a check-up. They may suggest diagnostics such as blood work and/or radiographs.

What are some tips for how to care for my senior cat?

A wellness exam is an excellent opportunity for your vet to help you come up with a detailed plan to care for your senior cat. As cats age, they thrive on a predictable routine, easy access to food, water and litter, as well as a safe, quiet place to sleep the day away.

What are some common health issues experienced by senior cats?

Mobility, dental disease, thyroid, heart disease, arthritis, weight loss, and kidney failure are all health issues that can be experienced by senior cats.

Why is my senior cat having behavioural issues?

Senior cats can manifest behavioural changes through natural aging of the brain, however, behavioural changes can also be a hint that your pet is in discomfort. We would be happy to help you pinpoint the cause of behavioural issues during a visit to our clinic.


Black History & Veterinary Medicine - Dr. Alfreda Johnson Webb (1923-1992)

Today's medical historian of colour is Dr. Alfreda Johnson Webb. Dr. Webb graduated with her DVM with our previous blog star Dr. Hinton, as one of the first female African American veterinarians in the US. Both of these great women were also the first black members of the Women’s Veterinary Medicine Association. She also founded the School of Veterinary Medicine of North Carolina State University. In 1971, she became the first African American woman in the North Carolina General Assembly, serving on many committees including serving as the Chairperson of Minority Affairs, president of the Democratic Women of NC, and a member of the NC Council on Sickle Cell Syndrome.   So you can see despite so many obstacles Dr. Webb was still able to make history and so can we!   Written by: Ashley G, VT   Resources:    

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