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Important Information on Senior Cats

Indoor cats live to be 15 – 18 years old. It is possible for cats to live to be 20 or more. Cats are consider middle aged at 7-9 years old and are senior at 10 years old. Old age is not a disease. With age some diseases become more likely.

If you notice changes in your cat’s appetite, energy, grooming, or bathroom habits etc. Please let your veterinarian know. These are the early signs of serious medical conditions.

  • Cats do get arthritis. They rarely limp with it. They hide pain so well some cats will not limp when a leg is broken. If your cat is stiff/sore in the morning or after naps that might be due to arthritis. If they are slow going up stairs or unable to make jumps that they used to make that might be arthritis. If a cat has arthritis Morinville Veterinary Clinic cannot cure it but we can manage the pain with anti-inflammatories and glucosamine supplements.
  • Senior cats are more likely than youngsters to develop kidney failure and hyperthyroidism. These diseases often cause weight loss. Kidney disease can cause decreased appetite and thyroid disease often causes increased appetite. Blood and urine tests diagnose these diseases. These tests are a good idea for seniors and any cat that is unexpectedly losing weight.
  • Older cats are more likely to develop mats, ingrown toenails, and other skin problems often because they have pain that makes grooming difficult.
  • Dental disease can happen at any age.  It is a common source of pain in older cats especially if they have not had their teeth professionally cleaned before.

It is important for senior cats to not be too plump (increased risk diabetes and arthritis) or too skinny. It is a good idea to weigh your cat every 3-6 months so you can be aware if weight loss (or gain) is happening.

Senior cats need high quality, highly digestible food. We recommend Science Diet and Royal Canin diets. Canned food is a good source of moisture to help prevent constipation. It is also usually easier to digest. If a cat has a painful mouth it is much easier to eat canned food. Dry food often has more calories (which is useful for skinny cats).

Written by Morinville Veterinary Clinic


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Last updated: July 23, 2020

Dear Clients,

Thank you for choosing Morinville Veterinary 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 Monday, July 21, 2020, we will be allowing one client to accompany their pet during their visit.

Along with wearing a face mask and using hand sanitizer, any client wishing to be present during an exam will need to record your name, phone number and email address for contact tracing purposes, in compliance with Alberta Health requirements.

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 780.939.3133 upon your arrival.
  • Physical distance with staff and other clients while inside the building.
  • Face coverings must be worn to enter the clinic.
  • Use hand washing 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.


    Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.


    We are OPEN with the following hours:

    - Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
    - Saturday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
    - Sunday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

    Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

    - Your dedicated team at Morinville Veterinary Clinic