Your Aging Cat

Is your cat aged six or older? If so, your feline buddy may be well on the way to her golden years… even if she still thinks of herself as a kitten. As Fluffy ages, she will still be the same cute, lovable pet as always, but her needs will change a bit. In this article, a Shawnee, KS vet tells you how to help your kitty age gracefully.

Pet Ramps

As Fluffy ages, she may have trouble climbing up to her favorite napping spots and perches. Get pet ramps or stairs, or just arrange footstools for her to use as steps.

Playtime and Entertainment

Did you know that playing offers kitties beneficial mental stimulation? Pouncing on those catnip mice will not only help keep Fluffy’s bones and muscles strong, it’s also great for her mind. Take a few minutes a day to play with your cat.

Food

Make sure your feline friend is getting proper nutrition. Ask your vet for recommendations, including portion sizes, feeding times, and suitable snacks. If you have a furry little butterball on your hands, you’ll also want to get advice on helping your chubby cat trim down. Obesity is very bad for Fluffy’s health!

Furball Facilities

Older cats often find it easier to use litterboxes with low walls. Consider upgrading your furry friend’s powder room. If Fluffy develops vision problems, start leaving a nightlight on for her after dark. You’ll also want to be sure your pet has lots of comfy beds and napping spots to choose from.

Veterinary Care

As your cat ages, having her examined regularly will become even more important. Those regular exams allow your vet to monitor Fluffy’s health, and address any potential health problems immediately. It’s also important for you to keep up with your cat’s parasite control products and vaccinations, and to watch for signs of illness. Ask your vet for more information.

Grooming

Fluffy may have trouble reaching her entire body when grooming herself. Help her out by gently brushing her. Incorporate lots of snuggles and ear scritches, so your kitty feels pampered.

Cuddles

Last but not least, pay lots of attention to Fluffy, so she feels loved and safe. Purrs and snuggles from senior cats are extra special!

Please contact us, your local Shawnee, KS animal clinic, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!

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