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Grooming a Senior Cat

May 15, 2021

Is your feline friend in her golden years? If so, Fluffy may need a helping hand with her beauty routine. Senior cats often have trouble bending and stretching. This can make it hard for them to clean themselves as they age. Plus, your cat’s skin may produce more oil as she grows older, especially if she is obese or develops medical issues. You’ll need to brush her regularly to get that dead fur and dander out of her coat. A local vet offers some advice on this below.


Make It Fun

Fluffy’s kitty beauty sessions will be more pleasant for both of you if your pet thinks she’s being pampered. Timing is very important here. Wait until your pet is feeling relaxed and cuddly. Incorporate pets, ear scritches, and treats, and talk to your feline buddy gently in a relaxed tone of voice. 


Do It Regularly

If you have a longhaired cat, you’ll likely need to brush your furry buddy daily. This will help keep her fur from forming mats. It can also help prevent hairballs, and is good for her circulation. It’s also a good way to bond with your cat, and make her feel safe.


Be Gentle

Always be extremely careful when brushing your feline pal. Fluffy may be very stiff and sore. Pulling too hard on knots can hurt her. Plus, senior cats have very thin skin that can rip easily.


Wipes

Does Fluffy sometimes get a dirty rear? You can use a damp washcloth or cat wipes to keep her fur clean. You may also need to carefully trim some of the fur around her bottom. Be sure to use round-end scissors. Ask your vet for specific advice on this.


Know When To Get Help

If Fluffy ever gets extremely tangled or matted, you may need to bring her to a professional groomer. Your pet may not be thrilled about going to the salon, but her safety and well-being should trump her opinion. 


Pawdicures

Fluffy’s claws will thicken as she gets older. She may also become more prone to getting caught on things. Offer her a good scratching post or board, so she can keep up with her pedicures.


Regular Veterinary Care

Skin or coat issues can sometimes be indicative of underlying health issues. Discreetly check your kitty over as you brush her. If you notice anything concerning, like lumps or lesions, contact your veterinarian.


Please contact us, your local veterinary clinic, anytime. We are always here to help!

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