s your kitty entering her golden years? Fluffy will always be a kitten at heart, but she’ll definitely slow down as she ages. Below, a Huntington Beach, CA vet offers advice on how to keep your senior cat purring and happy.
Fluffy may find it easier to get in and out of a litterbox with low walls, so consider replacing her private bathroom. If your home has several floors, keep spare litterboxes on each level, so your kitty doesn’t have to manage the stairs every time she has to go.
Somehow, your furball will manage to sleep even more as she gets old. Make sure Fluffy has lots of warm, cozy beds to snuggle up in.
A senior-formula pet food will suit your pet’s needs better in her senior years. If Fluffy develops a medical condition, such as arthritis, she may benefit from supplements, such as fish oil. Ask your vet for specific nutritional information.
Your cat may have trouble keeping that pretty fur soft and shiny as she ages. Help Fluffy out by brushing her gently to remove dead fur and dander from her coat.
Play sessions are great for kitties: they will keep Fluffy active, and provide beneficial mental stimulation. Try to play with your cat every day, even if it’s just for a few minutes.
Your cat may become forgetful and confused in her golden years. For instance, Fluffy may forget how to get to the kitchen, or get lost in the hall. This disorientation may scare your feline pal, and she may meow more to show her distress. Just try to comfort Fluffy as much as possible. We also recommend keeping a nightlight on for her after dark.
Make sure Fluffy sees the vet at least once a year, so she can be checked for any potential health problems. At home, keep an eye out for behavioral changes and other signs of illness. If you notice anything unusual, call your vet right away.
…cat may become more affectionate as she ages, and may want extra cuddles and attention.
Your cat may become more affectionate as she ages, and may want extra cuddles and attention. Take time to pet Fluffy every day, and let her curl up on your lap if she wants. She still loves you just as much as ever!
Does your kitty need veterinary care? Call us, your Huntington Beach, CA animal hospital, anytime!