Is your kitty starting to slow down a bit? If Fluffy is aged seven or older, she is officially a senior . . . even if she still thinks of herself as a kitten. Cats are fairly easy to care for: providing your furball with good food, a clean litterbox, fun toys, and lap space will keep that little motor running. However, Fluffy’s needs will change as she ages. Read on as a local San Jose, CA vet lists some great ways to pamper an older cat.
By the time your kitty reaches her golden years, she’ll be a bona fide expert napper. Fluffy can spend up to 20 hours a day snoozing! Offer your sleepy pet lots of soft, comfy beds.
Older cats sometimes get their claws snagged on carpets or furniture. This can actually be quite painful, especially for kitties with medical issues, such as arthritis. If you notice Fluffy getting stuck on things, clip her claws. You can also call us to schedule a quick peticure.
Senior cats aren’t as flexible as younger kitties, and sometimes have trouble reaching their entire bodies to groom themselves. Give your furry friend a hand by gently brushing her.
As Fluffy ages, she may have trouble using a litterbox with high sides. Get a litterbox with low walls, which will be easier for her to get in and out of. If you have a house with multiple stories, keep litterboxes on every level. That way, your kitty won’t have to navigate the stairs as much.
A fun play session will get Fluffy up and moving, which is wonderful for her physically. It also will help keep your feline buddy’s mind sharp. After all, cats really have to think to time those cute pounces just right!
Proper nutrition can really make a huge difference in your cat’s overall health. Make sure your feline friend is getting good, high-quality kitty food. Ask your vet for specific advice.
Fluffy may need to come in more often as she ages. Ask your vet to suggest an appointment schedule. Between visits, watch for signs of illness, and call your vet right away if you notice anything amiss.
Do you have questions about senior cat care? We are here to help! Call us, your San Jose, CA animal clinic, today!