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9 Ways to Keep a Senior Cat Purring

Did you know that November is Adopt A Senior Cat Month? Of course, it’s always great to see senior kitties getting adopted, no matter what month it is. Older cats have the same basic needs as younger furballs, but they do benefit from some extra TLC. Here, a Marietta, GA vet lists some ways to keep Fluffy purring in her golden years.

Comfy Beds

Your furball will spend a lot of her time sleeping. Set out lots of soft, comfy beds for her to doze off in. Fluffy may also appreciate a heated pet bed or a thermal blanket.

Nightlights

It isn’t unusual for cats’ vision to decline as they age. Keeping a nightlight on will help your kitty find her way around more easily.

Comfort

Senior pets sometimes get confused and forgetful. Fluffy may get lost on the way to the kitchen, or get ‘stuck’ facing a corner. Your pet may meow quite a bit to vocalize her distress. Just do what you can to comfort her at these times.

Regular Veterinary Care

Most senior cats should come in about every six months. However, all of our feline patients are different, with their own unique veterinary care needs. Follow your vet’s recommendations.

Brushing

Kitties in their golden years sometimes have trouble reaching their entire bodies to groom themselves. Help Fluffy out by brushing her regularly. This will keep her looking good. It will also keep her fur smoother, which is much more comfortable for her than being covered in mats and tangles.

Senior-Friendly Litterbox

Litterboxes with high sides are sometimes difficult for older cats to climb in and out of. Fluffy will appreciate having a bathroom with low walls.

Playtime!

Senior cats aren’t as frisky as kittens, but they do have their moments. Playing is actually great for Fluffy both mentally and physically. Take time to hold a wand toy or laser pointer for your kitty to chase.

Fresh Water

Proper hydration is very important! Fluffy may prefer to drink running water, so you may want to get her a kitty fountain.

Cuddles

Make sure that Fluffy feels safe and loved. Older cats often really want nothing more than to cuddle up with their humans. Pay attention to your furball, and keep that little motor going.

Do you have questions about senior cat care? Call us, your Marietta, GA vet clinic, anytime!

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