Is your kitty a senior? As your feline friend ages, you’ll start noticing some changes in her appearance and behavior. Fluffy will slowly become less playful, and she’ll somehow manage to sleep even more than she did before. Your furry friend’s care needs won’t change too drastically, but you will need to make a few adjustments in order to keep her happy, healthy, and purring. A Fayetteville, NC vet discusses caring for an aging cat below.
Older kitties are master nappers. Fluffy may spend as much as 20 hours a day snoozing! Unsurprisingly, one of the best things you can do for her would be to offer her plenty of comfy napping spots. Make sure they are in spots that are easy for her to get to.
Fluffy may have trouble getting in and out of a litterbox with high sides. Look for ones made just for senior kitties: these have lower sides, and are easier for aging cats to get in and out of. If you have a large home and/or multiple stories, put litterboxes on each level. That way your furball won’t need to use the stairs as much.
Cats really never outgrow the need to play. Take a few minutes a day to hold a wand toy or laser pointer for your furry bff. Fluffy may tap out after a few pounces, but that’s fine. The exercise and stimulation will still be good for her.
Your feline pal will become more susceptible to illness and disease as she ages. She may need more frequent appointments. Ask your vet to recommend an appointment schedule.
Fluffy’s dietary needs will change over time. Ask your vet for specific advice, including serving sizes and tips on changing to a senior-formula food. Don’t let your furball become a butterball! Extra weight is very bad for aging cats’ health.
We can’t overstate how dangerous it is to let older kitties wander freely. In addition to the threats posed by cars, weather, and traffic, there’s also a chance that your feline buddy could forget how to get home. Keep Fluffy safe and sound indoors.
Last but not least, make sure Fluffy feels loved and safe. Pay lots of attention to her, and keep that little motor going!
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