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Caring for a Senior Kitty

Is your furball beginning to slow down? If so, you may need to make some minor adjustments to your cat’s care. Cats generally age well, but your kitty’s needs will change slightly as she grows old. In this article, a local Greenwood, IN, veterinarian offers some tips on caring for a senior kitty.

Play

Play will benefit your furball in many ways. Dangling a toy in front of Fluffy may very well get her up and moving, which is great for her physically. Play also provides mental stimulation, which will keep Kitty’s mind active, and may help prevent age-related cognitive decay. Fluffy may not have the stamina she once did, but that’s ok. Even a few daily five-minute sessions will benefit her.

Food

Ask your vet for recommendations for when to put your feline buddy on a senior cat formula, and whether she may benefit from supplements. Keeping your furball at a healthy weight is also important. If Fluffy becomes obese, she’ll have a higher risk of developing several serious health problems, such as heart disease and diabetes.

Behavior

Keep an eye out for any unusual behavior. Changes in appetite, vocalization, weight, personality, and litter box habits are a few things that can indicate health problems. Senior kitties sometimes become more ‘talkative’, but excessive meowing can also be a sign that Fluffy isn’t feeling well. If your kitty doesn’t seem like herself, have your vet examine her.

Handling

Just like people, cats sometimes become stiff and sore as they age. Be very gentle when picking up or petting your furball. Always set those cute little paws on the ground when putting her down.

Comfort

Fluffy probably won’t have too much trouble finding herself a comfy spot to sleep in, but she’ll really appreciate a soft bed of her own to curl up in at naptime!

Mobility

If your home has multiple stories, put a litter box, water dishes, and at least one kitty bed on every floor. This way, your furry friend won’t have to deal with the stairs every time she needs to use the bathroom or get a drink of water. Fluffy may also find it easier to get in and out of a litter box with lower walls.

Do you have questions about caring for your senior cat? Call us! As your local Greenwood, IN, veterinary clinic, we are here to help!

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