Fall is a beautiful time of year here in Kansas. If your feline buddy is still young and active, you may notice her getting quite frisky and playful as the weather drops. Senior cats, however, tend to go the opposite way, and sleep even more than usual. They’re also more susceptible to cold and chills. If your kitty is in her golden years, you’ll want to take some extra precautions with her, in order to keep her safe. A Wichita, KS vet discusses autumn care for older cats below.
Arthritis is quite common in older kitties, and can be aggravated by damp, chilly weather. If your cat seems stiff and sore, schedule an appointment with your vet. Arthritis can’t be cured, but it can be managed through medication, nutrition, and/or other treatments, such as laser therapy.
Cats often like to seek out warm spots to snuggle up in when it’s cold out. Fluffy may appreciate a thermal bed or blanket, or even a heated bed.
It’s getting dark early these days. If you leave your feline bff home alone while you go to work, turn a light on before you leave. Nightlights may also be helpful.
Make sure Fluffy’s litterbox is in a spot that’s easy for her to reach and isn’t damp, drafty, or cold. No one likes a chilly bathroom!
Many people set out rodenticides at this time of year, to deal with mice and other small critters that are trying to get inside. If your furry friend hunts, she could ingest these toxins if she eats her prey. Fluffy could also ingest dangerous chemicals, such as fertilizer or herbicides, simply by getting them on her fur or paws and then cleaning herself. Antifreeze is another issue. Many brands have a sweet taste that kitties like. Switch to a pet-friendly brand, and take care of spills right away.
Candles and fireplaces can give your home a nice cozy glow, but they are definitely not safe for cats. Keep these things in spots Fluffy can’t access.
Senior cats are napping ninjas, capable of snoozing up to 20 hours a day. Make sure Fluffy has a comfy bed to snuggle up in. Lap space and cuddles will also help keep that motor going.
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