Geriatric Wellness

Cats > 9 years

One of the special areas The Downtown Toronto Cat Clinic emphasizes is proactive preventative medicine for our senior kitties. Geriatric medicine is a huge component of our practice. We take great care in counseling our feline owners on diseases that may occur in their older kitties and we recommend regular diagnostic panels especially designed to maintain health in this special population of cats. We consider cats to be "Senior Kitties" once they've reached the age of 9 (which is approximately 53 in human years).

 
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How to know when your cat is sick:

If your cat is experiencing any of these symptoms, call us immediately to schedule an appointment:

  • Behavior Change

If your cat’s temperament changes unexpectedly, they are probably telling you something.

  • Change in Appetite

Changes in appetite are a classic sign of feline illness, although some don’t simply stop eating. They may just become picky, or switch from preferring dry food to craving only canned.

  • Increased Thirst 

If your cat is drinking more, he should urinate more. A soaked litter pan or urine accidents outside the litter box are reasons to call a vet.

  • Vomiting and diarrhea

Repeated vomiting over a 24 hour period is not normal, and can indicate a serious infection or intestinal blockage. Chronic, recurrent spit ups are another concern, especially if accompanied by weight loss, lethargy, or diarrhea.

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  • Straining to Urinate

Bladder problems are quite common in cats. Typical signs include frequent trips to the litter pan, labored or painful urination, or bloody or discolored urine.

  • Breathing Problems

The signs of respiratory disease can be subtle. Symptoms to watch for include cough, wheezing, shortness of breath, and shallow rapid breathing.

  • Bad Breath

All cats have a fish breath; however an unusually foul odor may indicate a painful ulcer or tooth abscess.

  • Dull Coat

If your feline friend is looking like something the a dragged in, there could be a problem.

  • Neurological Signs

Weakness, stumbling, falling, head tilt, disorientation, loss of consciousness, seizures: these are all key neurological signs.

  • Lumps and Bumps

  • Lameness

  • Unexplained Weight Loss