We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.
Senior cat care is focused mainly on preventing and treating diseases that we often see in older cats. Proper food based on your cat’s dietary needs as well as yearly check-ups and blood screenings can often help keep your cat healthy well into its late teen years!
What are the stages of a senior cat’s life? How to spot signs of aging?
Cats are considered to be a mature cat, once they reach 7 years of age they are then considered senior once they start to exhibit signs of a senior cat. Slow movements, not wanting to jump, trouble getting in and out of the litter box can be signs of arthritis. Weight loss, yowling, smelly breath, not wanting to eat or even being ravenous can be signs of renal or thyroid disease. The best precaution is to make an appointment right away with one of our vets to discuss your concerns for your senior pet.
My senior cat is losing weight, what can I do?
If your cat is losing weight, and you are concerned, it’s best to make an appointment right away to have an exam and blood work done. Getting your cat in before it becomes even more ill is the best way to ensure a quicker recovery.
How can I care for my senior cat?
Caring for your senior cat includes proper diet, yearly check-ups and exams as well as senior profile blood work. Talk to our team to find out how to best care for your senior cat.
What are some common health issues?
Arthritis, renal disease, dental disease, thyroid disease and heart disease are some of the most common problems and health issues in senior cats.
Why is my senior cat having behavioural issues?
Sometimes a senior cat can seem like they are having behaviour issues, when in fact, they are secondary to what is actually going on. Going to the bathroom outside of the litter box can often mean there is a urinary infection or even arthritis as the cat could be too painful to crawl over the side of the box. Crying out through the night, yowling, this could be the result of vision or hearing loss but could also be an indicator of thyroid problems. Biting, hissing and attacking when the cat was typically not aggressive can mean the cat is painful and hurts to be touched or picked up. All these issues should be consulted with one of our trained veterinarians to find the best relief possible for your senior cat.
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 Tuesday, March 24, 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 506.466.2543. 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 to Friday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. Hours are subject to change.
4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 3-5 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. We encourage payments to be done over the phone with a credit card or e-Transfer.
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 Mayfield Veterinary Clinic