Caring for a Senior Kitty

Is your feline friend beginning to slow down? Cats generally age gracefully, but you will need to be aware of the changes your little furball will undergo as she ages. In this article, a Tipp City vet offers advice on caring for a senior kitty.

Bedding

Fluffy probably won’t have too much trouble finding herself comfy sleeping spots, but that doesn’t mean she won’t enjoy her own special bed. Cat beds are fairly inexpensive, so there’s no need to limit your furball to just one!

Mobility

As Fluffy ages, she’ll begin to find it increasingly difficult to navigate stairs and climb on and off furniture. Pet stairs or ramps may help with this. Keep litter boxes and water dishes on each level of your home, so your cat doesn’t have to deal with the stairs as often. Also, Fluffy may find it easier to get in and out of a litter box with low walls.

Play

Playing is great for senior kitties. The activity is great for Fluffy’s physical condition. Playing will also keep her mind engaged. Interactive toys like laser pointers are great, as they tend to keep felines interested longer than regular toys.

Diet

Don’t let Fluffy become obese! Those extra pounds may look cute, but they’re very bad for her health! Ask your vet for recommendations on brands, portions, and supplements, and for advice about changing to a senior formula cat food.

Handling

Just like people, cats can become stiff and sore as they age. Be very gentle when picking up or holding a senior kitty. Always put Fluffy down on the ground, rather than letting her jump from your arms.

Behavior

Cats sometimes suffer a decline in cognitive function as they age, much like people do. Fluffy may forget how to turn around, or get lost between her litter box and bed. Talk to your furball and soothe her when she’s frightened or confused. Your kitty’s hearing and vision may also weaken in her golden years. Nightlights may help your kitty navigate dark hallways better.

Love

Most of all, what Fluffy needs is love. Take time to pet, play with, and cuddle your aging kitty. That little motor of hers will still turn over when she’s happy!

Do you have questions about caring for a senior kitty? Call us! As your Tipp City veterinary clinic, we are always here to serve!

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