Blog

Senior Cat Care

Is your cat aged ten or older? If so, you have a furry little senior on your hands! You may want to make some changes to your cat’s care regimen to keep her happy, healthy, and purring as she ages. Here, a Farmers Branch, TX veterinarian offers some tips on caring for an older cat.

Comfort

At this stage of your cat’s life, the emphasis should be more on keeping her comfortable than keeping her out of mischief. Small touches, like offering plenty of soft beds and setting out pet ramps or stairs, will go a long way here. We also recommend getting Fluffy a litterbox with low walls, which will be easier for her to get in and out of.

Grooming

Fluffy may have trouble grooming her whole body as she ages. Help her out by gently brushing her. She’ll be much more comfortable if her fur is soft, smooth, and free of dead fur and dander. This will also good for her circulation. Plus, it gives you a change to inspect your feline buddy for signs of illness or injury. 

Veterinary Care

Your vet may recommend more frequent appointments as your pet ages. Between appointments, be on the lookout for signs of developing health issues. Call your vet immediately if you notice anything amiss.

Safety

We recommend that all cats stay inside. This goes double for senior kitties! Fluffy may not see or hear as well as she used to, and she may not be quick or agile enough to escape predators or other hazards. Plus, older cats often get confused, and may forget how to get home.

Playtime

Your kitty will always be a kitten at heart. Play with Fluffy every day, even if it’s just for a few minutes. This will be good for her both physically and mentally.

Confusion

Just like people, older cats sometimes get confused and forgetful. Fluffy may forget where her litterbox is, or get ‘stuck’ in the kitchen, and may meow loudly to express her distress. Just do what you can to comfort her when this happens.

Purrs

Pay lots of attention to Fluffy! Even just giving her a quick forehead rub or ear scritch will make her feel safe and loved, and keep that little motor going.

Please contact us, your Farmers Branch, TX vet clinic, for your senior cat’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

Comments are closed.