Is your feline pal aged ten or older? If so, Fluffy is officially a senior … even if she still acts like a kitten. Cats usually age very gracefully, so you probably won’t see drastic changes right away. However, your kitty will benefit from some extra TLC as she grows older. A Butler County vet discusses senior cat care below.
Believe it or not, Fluffy will spend even more time napping than she used to. Offer your drowsy furball lots of soft beds and napping spots.
Fluffy may have a hard time jumping up to her favorite dozing spots. Pet ramps or stairs will help her get around more easily. If your pet has a tall cat tower and isn’t using it much, get her something lower to the ground.
Good nutrition will go a long way towards keeping your furry pal healthy. Your vet will be able to advise you on when it’s time to switch to senior-formula kitty food. Just don’t let Fluffy become obese. Extra pounds will be very detrimental to her health!
As your kitty ages, she’ll become less flexible, and could have trouble grooming her entire body. Brushing Fluffy daily will help keep her fur clean and smooth. Pick a time when your furball is feeling relaxed, and incorporate lots of cuddles to get that little motor going.
Playing is actually very good for older cats. It’s a great way for Fluffy to stay in shape and let her inner kitten out. Plus, timing those tricky pounces offers your furball beneficial mental stimulation. Think of it as the kitty equivalent of solving a crossword puzzle. Try to play with your feline buddy every day.
As kitties age, they tend to get very set in their ways. Major changes, like moving, can be very stressful for senior cats. Pay extra attention to Fluffy during times when your household is going through changes.
Just like people, cats often develop health issues in their golden years. Fluffy will need to see her doctor more often. In between visits, watch for signs of illness. Some common ones include hiding, poor grooming, reduced appetite, fever, and/or uncharacteristic behavior. Call your vet immediately if you notice anything amiss.
Please contact us, your Butler County vet clinic, for your senior cat’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!