Is your feline buddy aged six or older? If so, Fluffy is technically a senior . . . even if she still thinks of herself as a kitten. Cats usually age slowly and gracefully, so you probably won’t notice any drastic changes right away. However, you may want to make some minor adjustments to your furry friend’s care regimen as she ages, to make sure she stays happy, healthy, and purring. Here, a Southern Lake County, FL vet offers some great senior cat care tips.
By the time Fluffy is a senior, she will have completely mastered all the various napping techniques cats can learn, and will be able to sleep up to 20 hours a day. Make sure your drowsy pet has plenty of soft beds.
Playing is great for cats! Regular play sessions will keep Fluffy active, and provide her with beneficial mental stimulation. Take time to play with your kitty every day.
Older cats sometimes find it easier to use litterboxes with low walls. Considering upgrading Fluffy’s powder room.
Keep your pet’s comfort in mind. If you leave Fluffy home alone, keep a light and a radio on for her, and don’t turn off your climate control. We also recommend leaving a nightlight on after dark, to help your cat get around at night. Your feline pal may also appreciate pet ramps or stairs, so she can reach her favorite sleeping spots more easily.
Fluffy will need to come in a bit more in her golden years. Regular exams allow your vet to monitor your kitty’s health closely and watch for any changes that could indicate a medical problem. You’ll also want to keep up with your cat’s parasite control, vaccinations, and dental exams. At home, watch for signs of illness, and contact your vet immediately if you notice anything unusual.
Good nutrition is a key part of Fluffy’s care regimen. Ask your vet for specific advice, including tips on switching Fluffy to senior-formula food.
To keep that motor running, make sure Fluffy feels loved, safe, and comfortable. Pay lots of attention to her, cuddle her, and talk to her, even if she doesn’t talk back. Senior cat purrs are truly special!
Do you have questions about senior cat care? Please contact us, your Southern Lake County, FL animal clinic, today!