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Feline Dementia

As most cats reach their senior years, mental health tends to decline over time.  Senior cat dementia is a non-curable disease, but there may be things you can do to slow the progression.

Common Symptoms:

Disorientation—you may see your cat appear to be confused and unable to navigate around familiar settings.

Interaction changes—your cat may lose interest in being petted, greeting you at the door, or any other social interactions that were once common.

Sleep changes—restlessness at night and more sleeping during the day.

House soiling—exhibit incontinence, urinating/defecating outside the litter box.

Activity changes—uninterested in normal activities such as eating and grooming.  You may also notice irritability and anxiety.

Diagnosing Dementia

Many of the symptoms of feline dementia can also be symptoms of medical conditions or behavioural concerns.  Your veterinarian will have to rule out these causes before diagnosing dementia.

Treating Aging Dementia

As there is no cure for feline ageing dementia, it is a progressive disease.  There are, however, a number of treatments that have been shown to delay this progression and improve day-to-day functioning.

Enrichment Activities—for example, new toys and exercise.

Diet Change—a veterinarian will be able to provide you a recommended diet and/or dietary supplements to promote brain health.

Medications—Psychoactive drugs can aid brain function.


The above picture is my cat Ripples at the sweet age of 17 years

Written by Trish Parkin


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North Town Veterinary Hospital is committed to doing everything possible to combat the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.

As part of this commitment, effective immediately, North Town Veterinary Hospital will be instituting the following precautionary protocol to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

For the safety of yourself, our staff, and the community, clients will not be allowed to enter the building. We have initiated a Closed-Door Policy, we have locked our front doors. Please call 905-451-2000 when you arrive for your appointment. We will meet you outside to get your pet. The exam will take place in our hospital and our Doctor will communicate the results of the examination via telephone. You can also place an order for pet food through our Online Store by visiting our website.


- If possible, please call us at 905-451-2000 to let us know you are on the way so that we can be prepared to meet you upon your arrival at the hospital.

- When you arrive, please stay in your vehicle in our parking lot and call 905-451-2000, and we'll come to you.

- If you do not have a phone or your pet's emergency is immediately life-threatening, please come to the front door and ring the bell.

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