Cat Senior

Senior Cat Care

As your cat moves through different life stages, it is important that they receive the special care that they need. Senior cats often require a special diet, supplements for their joints or skin, as well as a plan for how to ensure that they are feeling no pain. At Seneca Animal Clinic, want to make sure your cats golden years are the best years yet!

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

At Seneca Animal Clinic, we feel that a cat enters the senior life stage at 8 years of age and becomes a geriatric at 10 years of age.

Important Signs of Aging:

• Changes in appetite
• Changes in drinking behaviour
• Changes in activity level and ability to jump/run
• Changes in appearance (weight loss? Coat looks different?)
• Changes in litterbox habits

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

If you feel that your cat is losing weight, the best thing to do would be to bring it to the clinic so that your veterinarian can perform a complete physical examination and senior blood work. Weight loss can be a sign of a variety of different diseases commonly seen in aging cats.

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

Always ensure a warm and cozy place for your cat to sleep, beds should be soft and well padded. If your cat is having trouble going into the litter box, a new litterbox with lower walls may be more comfortable. The veterinarians at Seneca Animal Clinic are happy to discuss with you the many ways to make your senior cats years comfortable and happy.

What are some common health issues experienced by senior cats?

  • Kidney disease
  • Heart disease
  • Dental disease
  • Diabetes
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Osteoarthritis

Why is my senior cat having behavioural issues?

Senior cats may become confused about their normal routine and may exhibit new behaviours because of this. They also can have poor vision and hearing which can attribute to changes. If you feel that your cat’s behaviour is different, schedule an appointment to discuss with your veterinarian.


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Last updated: December 16, 2020

Dear Clients,

Thank you for choosing Seneca Animal Clinic for your pets' veterinary needs. As we continue to adjust to the "new normal," we have implemented new protocols to keep you and our team safe.

It is still preferred that you stay in your vehicle while we bring your pet in for their appointment. However, as of August 14, 2020, we will be allowing one client to accompany their pet during their visit for urgent, new puppy/kitten, or euthanasia appointments.

Should you choose to come in with your pet, we kindly ask that you comply with the following protocols:

  • Our doors will remain locked. Please call us at 416.494.1109 upon your arrival.
  • Face coverings must be worn to enter the clinic.
  • Physical distance with staff and other clients while inside the building.
  • Use hand santizing station upon entry.
  • Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
  • Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
  • If you wish to wait in your vehicle during the appointment, when you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.

    If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.


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    - Monday & Tuesday: 8:00 am - 6:30 pm
    - Wednesday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
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    - 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 Seneca Animal Clinic