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Caring for a Senior Cat

Is your feline friend entering her senior years? Fluffy may always be a kitten at heart, but as she grows older, she will slow down, and go through some changes. While cats usually age gracefully, there are some things you can do to keep your kitty comfortable, healthy, and purring as she ages. In this article, a West Omaha, NE vet offers advice on senior cat care.

Facilities

Fluffy may find it easier to use a litterbox with low walls. If your home has more than one floor, we recommend keeping extra litterboxes on every story. That way, your furball won’t have to navigate the stairs as often.

Grooming

Your feline friend may have trouble reaching some areas to groom herself as she gets older. Help Fluffy out by gently brushing her to remove dead fur and dander from her coat.

Mobility

Senior kitties often get stiff and sore as they age. Fluffy may have trouble getting onto the couch, or reaching her favorite window seat. To help your furball get around, get pet ramps or stairs, or simply arrange footstools so that she can use them as stairs. If you see your cat about to jump on or off something, help her out by giving her a lift. Be very gentle when picking your feline buddy up and putting her down.

Veterinary Care

Make sure Fluffy sees the vet at least once a year. This will allow your vet to monitor your furry friend for any potential health issues. In between appointments, keep up on parasite control, and watch for any symptoms of illness. Contact your vet immediately if you notice any unusual behavior.

Playtime

It may not seem possible, but your cat will somehow manage to spend even more of her time sleeping as she ages. When Fluffy is awake, get her moving by tempting her with fun, interactive toys. Regular play sessions will benefit your aging kitty both physically and mentally.

Comfort

Make sure your cat has lots of comfy sleeping spots. If your pet’s vision declines, keep a nightlight on for her after dark.

Love

Offer plenty of affection and attention, so that Fluffy feels loved, safe, and secure. That little motor will still start right up!

Do you have questions or concerns about caring for your senior cat? We can help! Contact us, your West Omaha, NE animal clinic, today!

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