Quality food will go a long way towards keeping your cat healthy and happy in her golden years. Just be careful not to overfeed your kitty. If Fluffy becomes obese, she’ll be at risk of developing some very serious medical issues!
Playing is of course fun for Fluffy, but it’s also beneficial for her. Pouncing on that catnip mouse toy will help keep your pet’s bones and muscles strong. Playing also offers your kitty mental stimulation. Cats really have to concentrate to nail those tricky pounces! This will help keep your cat’s mind healthy, and can also help fight the cognitive decline some senior kitties experience. Offer your feline pal lots of toys, and play with her every day.
Small touches can go a long way towards keeping an older cat comfortable and content. Arrange footstools or ottomans as kitty stairs, so your cat can reach her favorite napping spots more easily. If you leave your pet home alone, leave a light and TV or radio on for her. Fluffy may also appreciate a litterbox with low sides, which will be easier for her to get in and out of than a regular one.
Older cats can get quite stiff and sore, which can make it hard for them to groom themselves. Help your kitty out by gently brushing her to remove dead fur and dander from her coat. This will also be good for her circulation.
Fluffy may need to see the vet more frequently as she ages. Regular exams are very important, as they greatly increase the chances of any medical issues being caught—and therefore treated—early. Ask your vet for specific advice.
Pay attention to Fluffy every day. Talk to her, pet her, and play with her, so she feels loved and safe. That little motor will still work just fine!
Please contact us, your Pleasanton, CA vet clinic, for all your senior cat’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!