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Senior Cat Care

Senior Cat Care

When a cat is considered a senior, we may start to see signs of illness due to ageing. Every cat is different when it comes to senior care, and it is important to discuss your individual cat’s needs with your veterinarian.

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


As cats age, we often notice changes which give us clues to their overall health. Take notice of any appetite changes, changes in drinking and urination, weight loss, mobility problems, hair loss and even vision loss.

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


If your senior cat is losing weight, it is a sure sign that they need an exam and a wellness blood profile. Many of the conditions which can cause cats to lose weight can be treated or at least managed to optimize your cat’s quality of life and improve their longevity. Of course, the earlier we diagnose your cat, the better we can manage it.

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


Regular check-ups, proper senior diets, and routine blood screening are all important for your senior cat.

What are some common health issues experienced by senior cats?


There are many health problems which older cats are prone to, some of these include kidney problems, thyroid disease, diabetes, arthritis, and even many cancers.

Why is my senior cat having behavioural issues?


Changes to your cat’s behaviour is often a sign that there may be health problems which we need to address. Maybe your cat is sore from arthritis, perhaps he or she has an overactive thyroid or possibly their vision is deteriorating.

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

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 23, 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 902-477-4040. 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: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday: 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wednesday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday: 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Friday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 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.

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 Spryfield Animal Hospital