Is your feline friend entering her senior years? Senior kitties are just as cute as kittens in their own way. As Fluffy ages, she may become more cuddly, and she’ll somehow manage to sleep even more than usual. Of course, proper veterinary care and a good diet will still be crucial to your cat’s health in her golden years. There are also some things you can do at home to keep Fluffy happy, comfy, and purring as she ages. Read on as a San Jose, CA vet lists some ways to keep your older cat content.
Just like people, cats often experience a decline in their vision as they grow older. Keep a nightlight on after bedtime, so your feline friend can navigate dark rooms and hallways more easily.
One great way to keep your furball content and purring is to make sure she has lots of comfy beds to snuggle up in. You can of course buy Fluffy’s beds, but you can also just fold up a soft blanket and put it in a wicker basket or a box.
As your cat ages, she may find it harder to jump up to her favorite napping spots. You can make it a little easier for your kitty to get up and down by getting pet ramps or stairs. Arranging footstools so that Fluffy can use them as stairs can also help.
Older cats often find it easier to use litterboxes with lower sides. You may want to get Fluffy a new litterbox. If your home has more than one floor, keep extra litterboxes on every story. That way, your furball doesn’t have to climb the stairs every time she has to use the powder room.
As Fluffy ages, she may have a hard time reaching her entire body to groom herself. Help your kitty out by gently brushing her.
Of course, the best way to keep Fluffy happy is to pay lots of attention to her. Let your kitty sleep on your lap, and take time to play with her. It’s also important to keep a close eye out for signs of illness, and contact your vet immediately if you notice anything unusual.
Is your cat overdue for veterinary exams? Contact us, your San Jose, CA animal clinic, today! We are here to help!