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

Cats age at a faster pace than humans, however, they are living longer thanks to wellness and preventative care. As your cat ages, it is important for us to examine them more often in order to detect diseases earlier, so we can help them be comfortable and happy through their senior years.

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

There are early seniors – these are cats that are roughly 7-9 years of age who are transitioning from adult to seniorhood. We also have seniors that are 10+ years old that will be more commonly affected with degenerative diseases. Some signs of ageing may include slowing down and inactivity, confusion, weight loss, decreased muscle mass and decreased appetite.

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

Your cat is likely losing weight due to a medical condition. Healthy senior cats should not have weight loss unless there is an illness or disease condition affecting them. Your cat should be seen by a veterinarian for a physical examination, where they can further discuss diagnostic options.

How can I care for my senior cat?

It is important to have your cat assessed by a veterinarian on a biannual or annual basis, as often people are unaware of health problems that may already be present. If caught in a timely manner, these may be prevented from progressing.

What are some common health issues?

Common health issues that affect senior cats include osteoarthritis, hyperthyroidism, chronic renal failure, cancer, and cognitive decline.

Why is my senior cat having behavioural issues?

Your elderly cat may be having behavioural problems, as a result of cognitive dysfunction. This is akin to dementia in humans, however, there are safe options and supplements that can be given to help with age-related brain changes.


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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

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 Monday, March 23, 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 416-752-5114. 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. We are also no longer taking grooming appointments as of Monday, March 30, until further notice.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Thursday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Friday: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 7-10 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. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

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

7. 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 McLean Animal Hospital