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Senior Cat Care

Is your cat aged seven or older? If so, Fluffy is technically a senior… even if she still thinks of herself as a kitten. You probably won’t see drastic changes in your cat’s appearance or behavior right away as she ages, but you may want to take some steps to keep your furry friend happy, healthy, and purring. A local Westminster, CO vet discusses senior cat care below.

Diet

As your pet ages, she’ll slow down, and will sleep even more than she does now. Fluffy’s napping predilection may be cute, but it isn’t necessarily good for her waistline. Your cat will be much healthier if she stays at or near her ideal weight! Ask your vet for specific nutritional recommendations, including portion sizes, suitable snacks, and advice on switching to a senior formula pet food.

Grooming

Kitties often get stiff and sore in their golden years. Fluffy may have a hard time reaching her entire body to groom herself, and may need some help. Brushing your cat gently will keep her fur soft and shiny, and can also help prevent hairballs.

Playtime

Senior cats still have moments of friskiness, and a deep-seated instinct for pouncing on things. Spend a few minutes a day playing with Fluffy. It will be great for her both physically and mentally.

Climbing

Fluffy may have trouble climbing to her favorite napping spots as she ages. Help her out by providing pet ramps or stairs. You can also give your kitty a lift if you see her about to jump on or off something. Just be very gentle.

Veterinary Care

Fluffy may need to see the vet more often in her golden years. Regular exams will allow your vet to monitor your kitty closely for signs of developing health issues. At home, watch for signs of sickness. Some common ones are hiding, poor grooming, crankiness, vomiting, diarrhea, and unusual vocalizations or behavior. Ask your vet for more information.

Cuddles

Some kitties get very clingy in their golden years. Fluffy may become forgetful and confused, and may not understand what is happening. Pay lots of attention to your cat, even if it’s just giving her a quick pet on the forehead as you walk past. Senior cat purrs are a beautiful thing!

Do you have questions or concerns about senior cat care? Call us, your Westminster, CO animal clinic, anytime!

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