Do you have a furry little retiree on your hands? Fluffy is officially considered a senior around age ten, but you probably won’t notice drastic changes happening quickly. In fact, many kitties are living well into their teens or even their early twenties these days. Your cute pet may have a long retirement of naps and cuddles ahead of her, after ending a long career of naps and cuddles. However, Fluffy will need extra TLC in her golden years. A New Orleans, LA vet discusses keeping senior cats happy, healthy, and purring below.
Fluffy will never tire of letting her inner kitten out. Take time to play with your feline buddy regularly. Even a few minutes a day will be beneficial!
Have you ever noticed that older cats sometimes look a little unkempt? This is because they often get stiff and sore, which makes it hard for them to properly clean themselves. Brush your furry little diva regularly to keep her coat soft and smooth.
Fluffy may benefit from more frequent appointments as she grows older. It’s much more likely that a developing medical condition will be caught early if your feline friend gets regular exams and screenings. You’ll also want to watch for signs of illness at home. Contact your vet immediately if you notice anything unusual.
Sometimes little things can make a big difference. Given that older cats may sleep up to 20 hours a day, it’s no surprise that soft beds are the ultimate senior kitty luxury. Get a few different ones, and put them in the various rooms your pet hangs out in. Your furry buddy will also appreciate things like ottomans and window seats.
As your feline companion ages, she may develop issues with her vision, hearing, and/or memory. She may have a hard time finding her way around at night, or forget where her litterbox is. Small touches like turning nightlights on after dark and setting out scent markers, such as reed diffusers or air fresheners, can help with this. We also recommend getting senior-friendly litterboxes.
We recommend keeping all cats indoors, but this goes double for seniors. The Great Outdoors is much too dangerous for Fluffy at this point of her life!
Is your cat due for an exam? Contact us, your New Orleans, LA animal clinic, today!