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Do you have a furry, meowing senior on your hands? As your kitty ages, you probably won’t notice drastic changes happening rapidly. Most cats age slowly and gracefully. However, Fluffy will slow down over time, and she’ll need a little more TLC. A local Virginia Beach, VA vet discusses senior cat care in this article.
By the time Fluffy is a senior, she’ll have spent most of her life practicing her napping skills, and will be able to spend a whopping 20 hours a day snoozing. Make sure she has plenty of comfy spots to rotate through! Store-bought beds are great, but as we all know, cats aren’t picky about where they sleep. Your kitty will also enjoy snoozing on folded blankets, sofas, ottomans, and, of course, you.
It may be hard for your feline buddy to get in and out of a litterbox with high sides. Choose one made just for older pets, which should be a little easier on her. If you have more than one floor, keep litterboxes on every level. That way, Fluffy won’t have to use the stairs as much.
Older cats sometimes get quite stiff and sore. It may be hard for Fluffy to twist and stretch enough to groom herself properly. (This is why older cats sometimes look a bit greasy.) Brushing her regularly will keep her fur soft and smooth.
Small things can really go a long way towards keeping your feline buddy healthy and comfortable. Nightlights can help her get around more easily after dark, while pet ramps or stairs can help her get up to her favorite spots or perches.
Fluffy won’t be as lithe or agile as she used to be. That puts her at greater risk of injuries from falling. It also makes it very dangerous for her to be outdoors. Keep your kitty safe and sound inside, where she’s protected from things like cars, weather, and wild animals.
Your cute pet may get confused and scared about the changes she is experiencing, and may need a little more attention. It’s important for her to feel loved! Pay lots of attention to your kitty! Even just quickly petting her as you walk past will keep her purring.
Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions or concerns. As your Virginia Beach, VA animal clinic, we’re here to help!