Fluffy’s Golden Years
Did you know that kitties can be considered seniors as early as age seven? We know, there are plenty of seven-year-old cats who think they are still kittens. And cats usually do age slowly, so you may not see drastic changes right away. However, as Fluffy grows older, you’ll want to take some steps to keep her comfortable and healthy. In this article, a Pickerington, OH vet discusses senior cat care.
It may not seem possible, but Fluffy will somehow manage to sleep even more as she ages. In fact, older kitties can spend up to 20 hours a day snoozing! Unsurprisingly, one of the best things you can do for your cat is to provide her with lots of comfy beds and napping spots. Your furball may also appreciate a heated bed in winter.
Just like people, cats should see their doctors more frequently as they age. Regular exams are very important, as they will allow your vet to watch for warning signs of developing health issues. Keeping up with your furry buddy’s parasite control products and vaccinations is also important. At home, watch for signs of sickness, and call your vet immediately if you notice anything unusual.
Proper nutrition will go a long way towards keeping your furball happy and healthy. Offer your kitty nutritious, healthy food. Don’t overindulge your pet, though: if Fluffy becomes obese, she’ll face increased risks of several dangerous medical problems, such as heart disease and diabetes. Ask your vet for specific advice, including supplements and portion sizes.
Older cats sometimes have trouble jumping up to their favorite perches. Set out pet ramps or stairs for Fluffy, or just arrange footstools for her to use. Your furry buddy may find a litterbox with low walls easier to use, so you may want to upgrade your kitty’s powder room. We also recommend leaving a nightlight on after dark, to help your furball find her way around more easily.
Cuddles and Purrs
Pay lots of attention to your feline friend, and enjoy this special time. Brush Fluffy, pet her, and talk to her. Regular play sessions are great for older cats, so keep that laser pointer handy! Senior cat purrs are truly precious!
Please feel free to contact us, your Pickerington, OH animal clinic, with any questions or concerns about senior cat care. We’re here to help!