Is your kitty aged ten or older? If so, Fluffy is already a senior. Your furball will still be the same cute, lovable pet as always, but she will benefit from some extra TLC in her golden years. Read on as a local Downingtown, PA vet offers some tips on keeping a senior kitty purring.
Cats are usually pretty good at finding comfy spots to curl up in. That said, one of the easiest ways to keep your furry pal content is just to make sure she has plenty of napping spots to choose from. Store-bought beds are fine, but you can also put soft blankets in a wicker basket or even a box.
Your pet won’t be as playful as she once was, but she’ll still be prone to the occasional burst of zoomies. Try to play with Fluffy every day, even if it’s just for a few minutes. This will be great for her physically. Plus, playing offers kitties beneficial mental stimulation.
Fluffy may find it easier to get in and out of a litterbox with low sides. Look for one made for senior cats. Also, if you have more than one floor, keep extra litterboxes on every level.
Just like people, cats need to visit their doctors a bit more often as they grow older. Follow your vet’s recommended appointment schedule. In between appointments, keep an eye out for signs of illness, such as hiding, reduced appetite, and poor grooming. Call your vet immediately if you notice anything out of the ordinary.
Older pets sometimes experience a loss of vision and/or hearing. Nightlights will help Fluffy find her way around after dark. You may also want to get pet ramps or stairs to help your feline buddy reach her favorite perches.
We recommend that all cats stay indoors, but this is particularly important for older pets. Fluffy may not have the speed or agility to escape predators. She could also forget where she is, and get lots. Keep your kitty safe and sound inside!
Senior cats sometimes have trouble grooming their entire bodies. Help Fluffy out by gently brushing her. Incorporate lots of cuddles and compliments to get that motor going.
Please contact us, your Downingtown, PA vet clinic, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!