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Fluffy’s Golden Years

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.

Bedding

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.

Food

Obesity is not uncommon in senior cats. Offer Fluffy a good, high-quality senior-formula food, but don’t go overboard with treats.

Grooming

Your kitty may have a hard time reaching her whole body to groom herself. Help her out by gently brushing her.

Playtime

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.

Kitty Stairs

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.

Veterinary Care

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.

Safety

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.

Comforts

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.

Love

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!

Adopting a Senior Cat

November is Adopt a Senior Cat Month! This is one cause we are happy to support! We love seeing sweet older cats get a second chance at happiness. Here, Norwalk, CA vet discusses adopting senior cats.

Benefits of Adopting An Older Kitty

Senior cats have a very hard time getting adopted, which is very unfair. It’s a wonderful feeling to know you’ve saved an animal’s life! Fluffy is not only super sweet and lovable, she’s also very calm. Bonus: You won’t have to worry about your pet pouncing on your toes in the middle of the night, or knocking everything off your countertop.

Getting Prepared

Keep Fluffy’s age in mind when you go shopping. Choose a litterbox with low sides, which will be easy for her to get in and out of. Your pet will need some toys, but overall you’ll want to focus more on keeping her comfortable than keeping her entertained. If you get kitty furniture, choose pieces with a bottom level that is close to the ground. This will be easier for her to get on and off.

Helping Fluffy Settle In

Going to a new home is a big deal for a cat. Fluffy may need time to adjust. If you have other pets, make introductions slowly, over the course of several days. A few simple touches can help make your home more comfortable for her. Leaving a nightlight on after dark will help her get around at night. Pet ramps or stairs can also be beneficial.

Veterinary Care

A trip to the vet’s should definitely be on the agenda for that first week or so. Most likely, Fluffy will already be fixed, but you’ll want to make sure that she is microchipped and current on her vaccines and parasite control. A thorough exam is also a must. While you’re there, ask for tips on your cat’s diet and care needs.

Getting That Motor Started

Some cats will immediately make themselves at home, and hop into your lap on Day One. Other kitties are much more shy. Don’t force attention on your feline friend at first. Just focus on giving her good care. Toys and treats will help win her trust. You’ll have purrs and cuddles before you know it!

As your local Norwalk, CA vet clinic, we are happy to offer excellent veterinary care for senior cats. Please call us anytime!