Is your cat age six or older? If so, Fluffy is approaching her golden years. While your furball will still be the same adorable, charismatic pet as always, her needs will change a little as she ages. Below, a Webster, NY vet discusses caring for senior cats.
Proper nutrition is very important! Give your furball the best food you can afford, but don’t overindulge her. If Fluffy becomes obese, her health could be at risk. Ask your vet for specific advice.
Believe it or not, Fluffy will sleep even more as she grows older than she does now. Offer your drowsy feline lots of soft, comfy beds to snuggle up in for her morning, midmorning, noon, afternoon, and evening naps.
Fluffy may have trouble jumping up to her favorite napping spots as she ages. You can help her out by getting pet ramps or simply arranging footstools so she can use them as stairs.
Playing will benefit your feline buddy both physically and mentally. Take time to play with your kitty every day, even if it’s just for a few minutes.
Senior cats often find it easier to manage litterboxes with low walls. Make sure Fluffy’s powder room isn’t in a drafty or inconvenient area. If your home has multiple floors, put extra litterboxes on each level.
Your kitty may need to see the vet more often as she ages. This will allow your vet to check for any potential medical issues. At home, watch for signs of illness, and contact your vet if you notice any changes in Fluffy’s appetite, appearance, vocalizations, or behavior.
Fluffy’s vision may decline as she grows older. Keep a nightlight on for your cat at night, and try to keep the floor clear of objects that could trip her.
Senior cats sometimes become confused and/or forgetful. Fluffy might get lost in the hallway, or forget where the kitchen is, and may meow to signal her distress. Just do your best to comfort her.
Give Fluffy lots of attention, so she feels loved and safe, and be very gentle when handling her. When your feline friend is happy, her little motor will still start right up!
Please feel free to contact us, your local Webster, NY vet clinic, for all of your senior cat’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!