Do you have a furry, purring retiree on your hands? (Or perhaps, on your lap?) Kitties are officially seniors by age ten, but many cats live much longer than that. Fluffy will need some extra TLC as she ages. A local Saginaw, MI vet offers some tips on keeping an older cat happy, healthy, and purring in this article.
Senior cats often find it quite difficult to groom themselves, as they are sometimes too stiff and sore to reach their whole bodies. Brushing your feline friend regularly will help remove dead fur and dander from her coat, which will in turn keep her comfortable.
Older cats often find it easier to get in and out of litterboxes with low sides. You may need to get Fluffy a litterbox made just for seniors. If your home has more than one level, keep litterboxes on every floor.
Senior cats may not see or hear potential threats, and they may have a hard time escaping danger. They are also at higher risk of getting lost, as they may forget how to get home. If you have a securely fenced yard, you may be able to let your furry friend enjoy fresh air and sunshine out there, as long as you are supervising her. Otherwise, keep Fluffy safe and sound indoors.
Good nutrition can go a long way towards keeping your kitty healthy … which of course in turn affects her comfort. Ask your vet for specific advice, including tips on supplements, portion control, and switching to a senior-formula food.
Speaking of vets, your feline buddy may benefit from coming in a bit more often as she grows older. Just as with people, cats will become more prone to developing health issues as they age. Follow the recommended appointment schedule. If you notice anything unusual between visits, contact your vet immediately.
Older cats are expert nappers, and can snooze up to 20 hours a day. Make sure your sleepy buddy has lots of comfy spots to choose from. Cat towers are great, but an older feline may prefer something that’s lower to the ground and easy to get on and off. Of course, Fluffy will also appreciate having some lap space.
Do you have questions about your cat’s health or care? Contact us, your Saginaw, MI animal clinic, anytime!