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Caring for an Older Cat

March 1, 2021

Is your feline friend starting to slow down? Kitties become seniors around age 10. Retired cats are very cute and lovable! They also tend to be easy keepers, as they sleep so much. However, Fluffy will still need lots of TLC. A veterinarian Bend, OR discusses keeping an aging furball happy in this article.


Pet Stairs 

Your furry buddy may have a hard time climbing up to high places. Set out some pet ramps or stairs for Fluffy, to help her reach her favorite snoozing spot on the bed or the back of the couch.


Grooming

Kitties are very clean. However, as they age, they often get stiff and sore. This makes it hard for them to keep themselves clean, as they can’t really bend and stretch well enough to reach their whole bodies. Give Fluffy a hand with her beauty rituals by brushing her regularly.


Playtime  

Fluffy probably won’t be as zoomy as she once was. However, she will still enjoy—and benefit from—regular play sessions. Running and jumping will keep your feline buddy fit, while timing those tricky pounces right will offer her beneficial mental stimulation.


Napping Spots

Cats spend most of their lives working on their sleeping skills. Senior cats are napping experts, able to spend a whopping 20 hours a day snoozing. Offer your feline buddy lots of comfy beds!


Veterinary Care

Your kitty will need more frequent appointments as she ages. Most older cats should come in about twice a year. However, Fluffy may need to see us more often if she develops medical issues. In between visits, keep a close eye out for signs of illness, such as weight loss, hiding, withdrawal, and/or litterbox woes. Contact your vet immediately if you notice anything amiss.


Nightlight

Fluffy may have trouble seeing after dark. A nightlight will help your kitty find her way around for those late night litterbox runs.


Facilities

Your furry pal may find it easier to use a litterbox with low sides. You may also need to set out extra boxes. This will be particularly helpful if your house has multiple floors. That way, Fluffy won’t need to use the stairs as much.


Purrs

Making sure Fluffy feels loved is also important. Pay lots of attention to her, and keep that motor going!

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