Pampering an Older Cat

Pampering an Older Cat

Is your feline buddy entering her golden years? Cats somehow manage to be just as cute as seniors as they are as kittens. However, your pet will definitely benefit from some extra TLC at this stage of her life. Read on as a local Chico, CA vet offers some tips on pampering an older kitty.

Pet Ramps

Fluffy may have a hard time jumping or climbing to her favorite perches. Get some pet stairs for her, or arrange footstools or ottomans so she can use them as steps. You can also give her a lift if you see her about to jump. Just be very gentle when picking her up or putting her down.

Soft Beds

Older cats can sleep up to 20 hours a day! Offer your drowsy pet lots of comfy beds and napping spots to curl up in. Fluffy may appreciate heated beds or thermal blankets on chilly nights. (Tip: for extra purrs, put some of her beds in sunny spots.)

Veterinary Care

Keeping up with your kitty’s veterinary care will go a long way towards keeping her healthy and purring. Follow your vet’s recommended schedule for appointments. At home, watch for signs of illness, such as poor grooming, litterbox issues, hiding, withdrawal, reduced appetite, and/or behavioral changes. Call us right away if you notice anything wrong. 

Litterbox

Fluffy may have a hard time using a litterbox with high sides. Get her one with lower walls. You can actually find litterboxes made just for senior cats. If your home has multiple floors, set out extras, so your feline friend doesn’t have to deal with the stairs as much.

Nightlight

Your cat may start to have trouble with her eyes, especially at night. A nightlight will help your kitty find her way around more easily.

Playtime

Fluffy may not be as frisky as she once was, but she’ll still benefit from regular play sessions. Batting at a wand toy or chasing that elusive red dot will help keep your pet in shape physically. This will also offer her beneficial mental stimulation.

Purrs

Keep that little motor going! Talk to your kitty, brush her, pet her, and let her snooze on your lap if she likes. Senior kitty purrs are truly precious!

Please call us, your local Chico, CA vet clinic, with any questions or concerns about your cat’s health or care. We’re here to help!

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