VCA Animal Hospitals

Cat Life Stages — Senior (7+ years old)

Senior Tips

Older cats tend to scratch less. That means it is extremely important to trim their nails on a regular basis.

As cats age, their hearing may be reduced. Have your vet check her ears to rule out parasites, infection or other medical problems that could interfere with hearing.

You may need to give your cat a little grooming help since he may not be flexible enough to do it himself anymore. Frequent brushing also prevents him from swallowing too much hair.

Senior Best Care Checkup

So how long do cats live? It varies. But, owning an older cat can be just as much fun as owning a younger one. In fact, a senior cat’s relaxed energy can be very soothing to many people. The Senior Best Care program includes semi-annual health exams as well as diagnostic testing, X-rays and fecal exams.

Learn more about this special package, or find a VCA Animal Hospital to make an appointment today.

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Senior Center

Have a 7+ years old cat at home? This is the place to research tips, tricks, advice and the latest news on senior cat care.

Basic Care
There’s a lot to talk about when it comes to basic care for a senior cat. Here are a few links to learn more about how to care for your cat in her “golden years”.

Nutrition
Some cats have a tendency towards obesity as they age, while some cats lose weight. Learn how to manage your senior cat’s nutritional needs here.

Medical
More frequent vet visits are a must for senior cats. It’s also important to look out for warning signs of a medical emergency. Read more to learn what to look for.

Training
It’s never too late to teach an old cat some new tricks. You’d be surprised what some senior cats can do.

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General Practice

We have over 540 animal hospitals in 41 states that are staffed by more than 2,000 fully qualified, dedicated and compassionate veterinarians, with more than 200 being board-certified specialists. The nationwide VCA family of general practice hospitals give your pet the very best in medical care, providing a full range of general medical and surgical services as well as specialized treatments*: Wellness, Spay/neuter, Advanced diagnostic services (MRI/CT Scan), Internal medicine, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Dermatology, Cardiology, Neurology, Boarding, Grooming

*services may vary by location.

Our family of pet hospitals stands out by delivering the greatest resources in order provide the highest quality care available for your pets. By maintaining the highest standards of pet health care available anywhere, we emphasize prevention as well as healing. We provide continuing education programs to our doctors and staff and promote the open exchange of professional knowledge and expertise. And finally, we have established a consistent program of procedures and techniques, proven to be the most effective in keeping pets healthy.

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Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

We have twenty-eight specialty hospitals across the US so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency, please call us immediately. If it is after hours, check with a local animal hospital emergency clinic.

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