As your cat ages, you’ll see some gradual changes in her appearance and behavior. Fluffy will slowly become less interested in knocking everything off your coffee table, and will instead spend even more time napping. Read on as a Norwalk, CA vet discusses senior cat care.
As mentioned above, older cats are, well, rather sleepy. Fluffy may nap up to 20 hours a day! Make sure she has lots of comfy spots to choose from. Put beds on the floor, so she won’t have to jump or climb to reach them.
Obesity is not uncommon in senior cats. Offer Fluffy a good, high-quality senior-formula food, but don’t go overboard with treats.
Your kitty may have a hard time reaching her whole body to groom herself. Help her out by gently brushing her.
Fluffy won’t be as frisky as she once was, but she’ll still have her moments. Take time to play with your feline pal regularly. It will benefit her both mentally and physically.
Older cats sometimes have trouble jumping up to their favorite napping spots. Set out pet stairs for Fluffy, or just arrange footstools for her to use as stairs. You can also pick her up and give her a lift. Just be very gentle when handling your furry friend.
Your vet may recommend that Fluffy come in more often as she grows older. At home, keep a close eye out for signs of illness, such as hiding; poor grooming; vomiting; diarrhea; and/or changes in appetite, behavior or vocalization. Call your vet immediately if you notice anything unusual.
We recommend that all cats live indoors, as they are simply safer inside. Going outside is especially dangerous for older kitties. Fluffy isn’t as fast as she once was, and will be more vulnerable to threats posed by cars, predators, and other issues.
It’s not uncommon for older cats to experience a decline in their vision. Keep a nightlight on for Fluffy, to help her find her way around.
The best thing you can do for your feline buddy is to simply make sure that she feels loved. Talk to your furball, pet her, and offer her lots of cuddles and attention.
Please reach out to us, your local Norwalk, CA vet clinic, for all your senior cat’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!