6 Ways to Spoil your Senior Cat
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Has your cat started to slow down a bit? Is Fluffy less frisky than she once was? Cats typically age gracefully, so you may not notice any drastic changes in your pet’s behavior as she grows older. While your kitty’s basic needs won’t change as she ages, she may need some extra TLC in her golden years. Here's 6 ways to keep your furball feeling frisky!
1. Comfy Beds & Napping Spots
As you’ve probably noticed, cats are rather sleepy little furballs. Fluffy will snooze even more as she ages, and may spend up to 20 hours a day napping. Offer your drowsy pet lots of comfy beds and napping spots. Even if your pampered pet has never hunted anything but dust bunnies and catnip mice, she’ll still enjoy watching birds and squirrels out the window. Make Fluffy a comfortable spot in front of a window... or a TV with a good view.
2. Senior Facilities
Small touches will help keep your pet comfortable. For instance, older cats sometimes have trouble getting in and out of litterboxes with high sides, so you may want to get Fluffy a litterbox with low walls. Pet ramps will help your kitty reach her favorite napping spots.
Fluffy’s vision may decline as she ages. Keep a nightlight on after dark, so she can get around more easily.
Did you know that playing is very beneficial for kitties? Pouncing, running, and jumping, even for just a few minutes, is great physical activity for Fluffy. Playtime also offers your kitty beneficial mental stimulation, which can help keep her mind healthy as she ages. Spend a few minutes a day playing with your feline friend.
5. Veterinary Care
Regular exams greatly increase the chances of any medical issues being caught—and therefore treated—early. In between appointments, watch for signs of sickness, and contact your vet immediately if you notice anything amiss. Be sure to make an appointment at your nearest Noah's Animal Hospital location.
6. A little TLC
The best way to keep Fluffy’s little motor going is to pay her lots of attention, and make sure she feels loved and safe. Senior cat purrs are truly precious gifts! Senior cats sometimes have trouble reaching their whole bodies to groom themselves. Brush your furry little diva regularly, to remove dust, dead fur, and dander from her coat.
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About Noah's Animal Hospitals: Noah’s Animal Hospitals are a locally owned family operated group of veterinary clinics serving Central Indiana and surrounding communities. With eight convenient locations to serve you, including two 24 hour locations, Noah’s is dedicated to providing you and your pet with the best possible care and exceptional client service, exceeding your expectations with every interaction. In fact, they like to consider themselves “The Best Friend of YOUR Best Friend.”