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How to Spoil a Senior Cat

Is your kitty entering her golden years? Senior kitties are just as cute as kittens in their own way! Cats often get very cuddly as they grow older, and are generally more interested in naps and snuggles than in knocking everything off your coffee table. You may need to make some minor changes to your cat’s care regimen as she ages, however. Here, a London, ON vet offers tips on spoiling a senior cat.

Beds

Senior cats sleep even more than their younger counterparts. Make sure Fluffy has lots of comfy beds to nap in.

Grooming

Fluffy may have trouble grooming her entire body as she gets older. Help her out by brushing her regularly.

Veterinary Care

Proper veterinary care is very important! Follow your vet’s recommended appointment schedules. At home, watch for signs of illness, and contact your vet immediately if you notice anything amiss.

Litterbox

Fluffy may find it easier getting in and out of a litterbox with low walls. If you have multiple floors, put litterboxes on every level, so she doesn’t have to use the stairs as much.

Good Food

Proper nutrition is very important! Ask your vet for specific advice, including serving sizes and supplements.

Kitty Friendly Facilities

Small touches can help keep Fluffy more comfortable. Set out pet ramps or footstools for your cat, so she can reach her favorite napping spots. We also recommend keeping a nightlight on for your kitty after dark.

Safety

We recommend that all cats live indoors. Kitties are really much safer staying inside, where they aren’t exposed to dangers posed by cars, weather, and other elements. This is especially important with senior cats, however. Keep Fluffy indoors!

Playtime

Playing is great for cats, both mentally and physically! Offer Fluffy lots of toys, and take time to play with her every day.

Cat Comforts

When you leave your kitty alone, keep a TV or radio on for her, and leave your climate control running. If you won’t be home before dark, leave a light on, so Fluffy isn’t left alone in a dark house.

Love

Make sure Fluffy feels loved, safe and secure. Spend time with her every day, and let her snuggle up on your lap. That little engine will still work just fine!

Do you have questions about your cat’s health or care? Contact us, your London, ON pet clinic, today!

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