Adopting a Senior Cat

Did you know that November is Adopt A Senior Cat Month? This is one cause that is truly near and dear to our hearts. Older kitties are chock full of cuddles and purrs, but they have a hard time competing with kittens when it comes to getting adopted. A Webster, NY vet discusses adopting a senior cat below.

Benefits of Adopting An Older Cat

Senior cats make great pets! For one thing, they aren’t as frisky or mischievous as baby felines. Your pet will be more interested in napping and birdwatching than in knocking everything off your countertops. Older kitties also often have a very friendly and lovable demeanor. Fluffy may want nothing more than to snuggle up on your lap for a good snooze. Plus, you’ll be giving that one lucky furball a second chance at happiness, which is really something to feel great about.

Preparing For Fluffy

Before you bring your new cat home, you’ll need to pick up food, toys, treats, and bedding for her. You’ll also need a litterbox. Choose one with low sides, which are often easier for older kitties to get in and out of. You may also want to get some pet furniture. Opt for pieces that are low to the ground, so Fluffy can easily get on and off them.

The First 30 Days

When you bring Fluffy home, you may want to initially set her up in a quiet back room with her food, toys, and bedding. If you have other pets, make introductions slowly, over the course of several days. We recommend bringing your furball to the vet within the first week or so. You’ll want to get Fluffy a full exam, and make sure she is current on her vaccinations and parasite control products. This is a great chance to get some tips on her diet and care needs! Ask your vet for more information.

Purr Activation

It’s pretty easy to turn your home into a luxury palace for a cat. Set out lots of comfy beds for your pet, and make sure she has at least one comfy window seat. Don’t force attention on Fluffy, however: just focus on offering her great care. You’ll have that little motor going in no time!

Do you have questions or concerns about your pet’s health or care? Contact us, your local Webster, NY animal clinic, today!