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How to Spoil a Senior Cat
April 15, 2021

Is your kitty starting to slow down? Cats age slowly and gracefully, so you aren’t probably going to see drastic changes happening quickly. However, your feline pal  will slow down as she ages, and she’ll benefit from some extra TLC. Read on as a local Wake Forest, NC vet offers some advice on keeping your furball’s motor running as she ages.


B  eds

You’ve probably noticed that our feline buddies are very sleepy. (We’re not entirely convinced that looking cute is that exhausting, but that’s besides the point.) Make sure that Fluffy has lots of comfy beds to snuggle up in for her 32 daily naps.


Grooming

Kitties are very clean, but they sometimes have a hard time bending and twisting to groom themselves as they get older. Brushing Fluffy regularly will keep dust and dirt out of her fur.


Playtime

Senior cats still need regular activity. Spend a few minutes a day playing with Fluffy. All that running and pouncing will keep her fit physically. Plus, timing those tricky wiggle/run/jump combos is good for her mind.


Easy Access

Climbing things will become increasingly difficult for Fluffy as she ages. Set out pet ramps, or just arrange footstools and ottomans for her to use as steps. You may also want to get a litterbox made specifically for senior kitties.


Nightlights

Fluffy may not see as well as she once did, especially after dark. Set nightlights out for her to help her out a bit.


Veterinary Care

This one is crucial for cats in their golden years. Fluffy may need to come in more often, especially if she develops any medical issues. At home, watch for signs of illness, and contact your vet right away if you notice anything odd.


Safety

Your feline friend won’t be as quick or agile as she once was, and she may not be able to get away from dangers like stray dogs. Older cats are also at high risk of getting lost, as they can forget the way home. Keep Fluffy safe and sound indoors.


Love

Last but not least, be sure to keep that motor going. Pay lots of attention to Fluffy, and make sure she feels loved and safe.


Please do not hesitate to reach out if ever we can be of assistance. As your local Wake Forest, NC veterinary clinic, we are here to help!

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