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Keeping a Senior Cat Comfortable

Is your feline buddy aged seven or older? If so, you’ve got a furry little senior on your hands … even if Fluffy still thinks of herself as a kitten. Kitties generally age gracefully, so you’re not likely to see drastic changes right away. However, your pet will benefit from some extra TLC in her golden years. Read on as a Downey, CA vet offers tips on keeping a senior cat comfy and purring.

Veterinary Care

First and foremost, make sure that your kitty sees her doctor regularly. It’s important to stay on top of any changes that could indicate developing medical issues, so they can be treated early. This can go a long way towards keeping your furball healthy!

Beds

It probably isn’t much of a surprise to find comfy beds on this list. Kitties are always on the hunt for new napping spots! Make sure Fluffy has lots of cozy spots to choose from for all of those daily snoozes.

Senior-Friendly Purrniture

As your cat ages, she may have a hard time climbing a cat tower, or getting on to a catwalk. Get a few pieces that are easy for her to use.

Litterbox

Older felines often have trouble getting in and out of litterboxes with high sides. Get your furry buddy something that’s easier for her to manage, such as a litterbox designed just for senior kitties. If you have a large house or more than one floor, keep litterboxes on every level, so your pet doesn’t have to use the stairs as much.

Nightlight

Fluffy may develop issues with her vision as she ages, and might have a hard time seeing at night. Setting out a nightlight will help your furry friend find her way around after dark.

Pet Ramps

Kitties may have a hard time jumping to their favorite lookouts as they age. Get some pet ramps for Fluffy. You can also just put a footstool or ottoman out for her.

Grooming

Your feline friend may get stiff and sore as she ages, and may have trouble reaching her entire body when grooming herself. Help her out by gently brushing her. This is also a great way to spend some quality time with your kitty, and get that motor started!

Please contact us if ever we can be of assistance. As your Norwalk, CA pet hospital, we’re here to help!

Hairball Awareness Day

April 26th is Hairball Awareness Day! We know, hairballs aren’t really something to celebrate. Hug Your Cat Day and Cuddly Kitten Day are much more fun to talk about. However, hairballs are a fairly common issue in our feline pals. Therefore, it is important for people owned by cats to know why hairballs form, and when they are more than a nuisance. A Norwalk, CA vet discusses hairballs below.

Hairball Basics

Our feline friends are very clean, which is one reason they make such great pets. Fluffy will carefully groom herself, keeping that pretty fur soft and shiny. You also don’t have to bathe your cat, though you can if you want to, assuming your vet doesn’t object. On the downside, we have hairballs. Hairballs form when cats swallow too much of their own fur while cleaning themselves. Kitties can’t digest their own fur. We probably don’t have to tell you what happens next. Suffice it to say, it’s not the best part of having a cat.

Preventing Hairballs

There are some things you can do to reduce the amount of hairballs your furry buddy gets. Brushing your kitty every day will help. This will remove dead fur and dander from her coat before she swallows it. (Less dead fur on your cat means less dead fur in your cat.) Keeping your kitty inside can also help. Indoor cats aren’t as exposed to the seasonal changes that trigger shedding cycles as outdoor felines. You may also need to put your pet on a hairball preventative. Another thing that is important is keeping up with Fluffy’s parasite control. Last but not least, a good diet is also crucial. Proper nutrition will help keep your cat’s coat shiny and healthy, and will reduce the amount of hair she sheds.

Complications

Hairballs are often ‘purr for the course’ with our feline companions. However, they aren’t always harmless. If Fluffy can’t throw up her hairball, it could become lodged in her intestines. This can cause painful and potentially life-threatening blockages. Excessive vomiting, reduced appetite, dry heaving, and/or a sudden increase in hairballs are all red flags. Call your vet right away if you notice any of these warning signs, or anything else out of the ordinary.

Please feel free to contact us, your local Norwalk, CA vet clinic, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!