Is your kitty getting along in years? If so, you may notice that Fluffy isn’t as playful as she once was. She’ll probably spend more time napping, and less time pouncing on things than she used to. As your pet ages, you’ll want to focus more on keeping her comfortable, and less on keeping her out of trouble. A Mesa, AZ vet offers some senior care tips below.
Older cats are master nappers. Fluffy may spend as much as 20 hours a day snoozing. Make sure she has plenty of beds and napping spots. Store-bought beds are fine, but kitties like snoozing on anything soft. Fold up a throw blanket and put it on an ottoman or at the end of your bed.
Fluffy will still benefit from the physical exercise and mental stimulation play offers her. In fact, play sessions can also help ward off the cognitive decline some kitties face as they grow older. Try to play with your feline buddy every day, for at least 10 minutes a day.
Proper nutrition is important at every age of your furball’s life. Offer Fluffy a good, high-quality cat food, one that’s made for senior kitties. Treats are fine, but don’t go overboard. You don’t want your furball turning into a butterball!
Your feline pal will likely need more frequent appointments in her golden years. Ask your vet to recommend an appointment schedule. It’s also important to contact us immediately if you notice any potential signs of illness, such as hiding, poor grooming, respiratory issues, or litterbox woes.
Your kitty may have a hard time grooming her entire body. Help her out by brushing her to remove the dead fur and dander from her coat. This is a great way to spend time with Fluffy!
Your furry friend may have a hard time getting around after dark. Get into the habit of leaving a nightlight on for her. Fluffy may also appreciate a litterbox with low sides.
Cats aren’t too picky about picking lounging spots, but they do enjoy having their own things. At this point, though, you’ll want to pick things that are comfortable and easy for her to get on and off.
As your local Mesa, AZ veterinary clinic, we’re dedicated to offering great care. Make an appointment for your kitty today!