It’s Happy, Healthy Cat Month! Kitties are very adorable pets, who somehow manage to become even cuter and more lovable as they age. And, just like people, they benefit from some extra TLC as they grow older. Proper veterinary care is of course a must, but there are also some things you can do at home. Here, a Roanoke, VA vet discusses keeping Fluffy happy, healthy, and safe in her golden years.
Good food is important for cats of all ages. As Fluffy gets older, her nutritional needs will change a bit. She won’t be as active, and/or may benefit from foods and supplements that contain things like fish oil or glucosamine. Ask your vet for specific advice, including tips on serving sizes.
Older cats may not be as spry or frisky as kittens, but it’s still good for them to let their inner lions out. Take time to play with Fluffy regularly. Jumping and pouncing are great kitty workouts, while timing those ‘attacks’ offers your furball beneficial mental stimulation.
Kitties get progressively sleepier in their golden years. By the time your furry pal is a senior, she’ll be a master napper, capable of snoozing up to 20 hours a day. Set out lots of beds and comfy napping spots for her.
Make sure that your feline friend’s litterbox and food dishes are in spots that are easy for her to get to. You may want to get her a litterbox made for older cats. These have lower sides, which are a little easier for your kitty to get in and out of.
Fluffy will get stiff and sore as she ages, and she may have a hard time twisting and turning. This will make it hard for her to reach her whole body when grooming herself. Brushing your pet gently will get that dead fur and dander out of her coat, which will keep her more comfortable.
Kitties may get dismayed and confused by the changes they go through with age. Fluffy may become quite cuddly, and she may want more attention and snuggles than she used to. Indulge those cute requests for pets and lap space. Your furry pal’s purrs will never stop making you smile!
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