Is your cat aged seven or older? If so, your furball is technically a senior. You probably won’t notice any immediate changes in your kitty’s habits or appearance as she ages. Her basic needs—good food, a clean litterbox, and regular veterinary care—will not change. But, as time goes by, you may want to make some minor adjustments to Fluffy’s care, and give her some extra TLC. A Lansing, MI vet discusses senior cat care below.
Your furball may find it difficult to groom her entire body as she grows older. Help Fluffy out by brushing her gently to remove the dead fur and dander from her coat.
Fluffy may have trouble jumping onto beds and couches, or reaching her favorite napping spots. Give your cat a gentle lift when you see her about to jump on and off something. Just make sure those cute paws are touching down before you let go!
Take time to play with your furry friend. The activity Fluffy gets batting that little toy mouse around will be great for her physically. Playing also offers beneficial mental stimulation. This will keep your kitty’s mind healthy, and can help ward off the cognitive decline some cats experience with age.
Senior cats sometimes have trouble getting in and out of litterboxes with high sides. Get a litterbox that is easier for Fluffy to manage, and put out a few extra ones for her convenience.
Make sure that Fluffy sees the vet at least once a year. She may need to come in more frequently as she grows older, however, so ask your vet for specific advice. At home, keep up with parasite control, and watch for any possible signs of illness, such as changes in your furball’s appetite, behavior, or appearance. Call your vet immediately if you notice anything unusual.
Senior kitties sometimes get confused or forgetful. Fluffy may forget where her food is, and could meow her distress. Just comfort your feline friend as much as possible, and pay lots of attention to her. Don’t be surprised if your kitty becomes more affectionate as she ages. As far as we are concerned, cuddles and purrs from a senior cat are extremely precious!
Do you have any concerns about your senior cat’s health? We can help! Call us, your Lansing, MI veterinary hospital!