Is your kitty aged seven or older? If so, Fluffy is officially a senior … even if she still acts like a kitten sometimes. Our feline buddies are fairly easy keepers, but they do still need love and good care to thrive. Here, a York, PA vet discusses keeping an older cat content.
Kitties are, in general, very tired. Senior cats are even drowsier than their younger counterparts, and can spend up to 20 hours a day sleeping. Offer Fluffy lots of comfy napping spots. Store-bought beds are fine, but your furry pal may also enjoy a soft throw blanket folded up and put in a chair or ottoman.
Proper nutrition is very important. Offer your kitty a good, life-stage pet food. Obesity is often an issue with older cats. If Fluffy is, well, not just fluffy, consult your vet. That cajoling meow may be a lie!
Fluffy will need to see her doctor a bit more often as she ages. Ask your vet to recommend an appointment schedule. At home, watch for signs of illness. Some common ones are hiding, poor grooming, withdrawal, respiratory issues, litterbox troubles, vomiting, diarrhea, and uncharacteristic vocalizations or behavior.
Fluffy won’t be as frisky as she once was, but she’ll still need regular activity. Take a few minutes a day to play with your furry buddy. This will benefit her both mentally and physically.
Fluffy may develop vision problems as she ages, and may have trouble seeing at night. Keep a nightlight on after dark for your furball.
Your kitty may find it easier to get in and out of a litterbox with low sides. Consider getting her a new one. If your home has more than one floor, keep litterboxes on every level.
Older cats sometimes have trouble jumping and climbing. Get Fluffy some pet ramps or stairs. You can also just arrange footstools and ottomans for her to use as stairs.
Last but not least, make sure Fluffy feels loved and safe. Pay lots of attention to your kitty! Talk to her, pet her, and offer her cuddles and lap space. Even giving her a quick ear scratch as you walk past her will keep that little motor going.
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