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Senior Cat Care

If your cat is aged six or older, she is approaching her golden years. As Fluffy ages, her basic needs—food, water, a clean litterbox, and proper veterinary care—won’t change. However, there are some things you can do to keep your furball happy, healthy, and purring in her senior years. A Glendale, AZ vet discusses caring for an aging cat below.

Playtime

Take time to play with Fluffy every day. The exercise and stimulation will be good for her, both mentally and physically. We also recommend giving your furball plenty of fun toys, and at least one window with a good view.

Beds

Senior cats somehow manage to sleep even more than other kitties. (After all, Fluffy has had plenty of practice.) Offer your drowsy kitty plenty of soft, comfy places to snuggle up in.

Kitty Stairs

Fluffy may have a hard time jumping up to her favorite napping spots as she grows older. Help your furball out by getting pet ramps or stairs. You can also arrange footstools or even boxes so that she can use them as stairs.

Signs of Sickness

It’s always important to watch your pet for signs of illness, but it’s even more crucial as your kitty ages. Some common warning signs are poor grooming, hiding, reduced appetite, sudden weight loss or gain, unusual behavior or vocalizations, breathing issues, vomiting, diarrhea, and litterbox woes. Contact your vet immediately if your kitty develops any of these symptoms. It’s also important to keep up with Fluffy’s regular veterinary care. Ask your vet to recommend an appointment schedule

Grooming

Your kitty may need help keeping her pretty fur neat and clean as she ages. Brushing Fluffy gently will help remove the dead fur from her coat, and will also be good for her circulation.

Kitty Comforts

Keep your cat’s comfort in mind. For instance, leave a night light on for Fluffy after dark, so she can find her way around more easily. You may also want to get a litterbox with low sides, which will be easier for her to get in and out of.

Purrs

Make sure that Fluffy feels loved, safe, and secure. Spend time with your kitty: pet her, snuggle her, and talk to her. That little motor will still work just fine!

Do you need to make an appointment for your cat? Contact us, your Glendale, AZ animal hospital, anytime.

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