Is your feline friend aged ten or older? If so, you have a furry little senior on your hands. Fluffy may still act like a kitten at times, and she may have quite a long retirement ahead of her. Many cats are living well into their teens or even 20’s these days! However, you will need to take some precautions as your pet ages. Here, a Norwalk, CA vet discusses keeping a senior kitty safe.
Older cats often have trouble jumping or climbing to their favorite perches. This puts them at risk of falling. Fluffy could seriously hurt herself if she tumbles off a chair or sofa! Set out pet ramps or stairs to help your kitty reach her napping spots.
Keep Kitty In
We recommend keeping all cats inside, but this goes double—no, triple—for older ones. For one thing, Fluffy may not be fast or agile enough to escape potential threats, such as cars, stray dogs, or wild animals. There’s also a chance that she could forget how to get home. Keep your feline buddy safe and sound indoors!
Provide Safe Havens
Do you have other pets? If so, make sure that they don’t bully your furry pal. Even if they’re just feeling playful, younger dogs or cats can easily hurt older kitties. Also, be sure to provide Fluffy with safe areas to retreat to. Enclosed pet condos are good options for this.
Petproofing for an older cat is a little different from what you would do for a kitten. Fluffy won’t be as playful or curious as a baby furball. However, she could fall asleep too close to a fireplace, or slip and fall into a pool. You’ll also need to take care not to expose her to any toxins, such as dangerous plants, antifreeze, or medication.
Part of keeping Fluffy safe means protecting her from dangerous viruses, diseases, and parasites, and monitoring her health. Keep up with your kitty’s preventative care needs! You’ll also need to bring her in right away if you notice any potential signs of sickness. Ask your vet for more information.
Older cats often get quite stiff and sore. Sometimes even being picked up or held can be painful for them. Be very gentle when handling Fluffy.
Do you have questions about your cat’s health or care? Contact us, your Norwalk, CA animal clinic, today!