Senior cats are delightful members in any family. Their calm disposition and seasoned personality make them particularly good in homes with young children. However, they take some special care. With these tips, you and your senior cat can enjoy the very best quality of life.
Keep A Close Eye
At this time in their life, a senior cat will likely experience some health problems. The good news is that these are often easy to spot. Look for changes in diet, water intake, weight, and behavior. Your cat will act differently due to their age, but drastic changes may be cause for concern. Some pet owners find it helpful to keep a diary of their cat’s behavior or symptoms. If maintained, this can help your vet identify any potential health issues.
Set the Space
Senior cats need special accommodations. Getting around may get harder for an elderly cat, so easy access to food, water, and litterboxes is of the utmost importance. Because your senior cat is probably exercising less on their own, lots of toys can be a great incentive to get active. Finally, cozy spaces (cat beds, blankets, etc.) give your senior cat a gentle place to rest and recharge. Make sure all of these accommodations are close to the floor and out of loud areas of your home.
Even old cats need regular attention and activity. Try experimenting with some new toys. However, make sure that active situations are not particularly stressful. Even just sitting with and petting your cat can stimulate their mental health.
Keep Them Inside
While we recommend that all cats are kept indoors, this is especially important for senior cats. They are oftentimes much slower to react to wild animals or passing cars. Furthermore, they can get lost more easily. It is always best to keep an elderly cat inside the home at all times.
Regular Vet Visits
Stay on top of your senior cat’s health with regular veterinary visits. Many pet owners choose to go biannually, but your vet can help you determine the best routine. Now may be the time to invest in a comfortable carrier; there is no reason for your elderly cat to be stressed out.
At Claws N Paws, we care deeply about your pet’s best interests. We provide professional pet grooming to both dogs and cats at our full-service grooming salon. For more information, contact us at 714-962-1005 or visit our location in Fountain Valley, California.