Did you know that kitties are technically seniors by the age of ten? Fluffy can live well into her teens—or even her twenties—with good care, so a ten-year-old kitty may still have plenty of pounces left in her. However, your furry pal will need some extra TLC in her golden years. A Springville, UT vet discusses senior cat care below.
As your kitty ages, it will become increasingly harder for her to jump and climb. Make things easier for her by offering beds, furniture, and napping spots that are close to the ground and easy to get on and off. Your feline pal may also appreciate a litterbox with low sides. It’s not a bad idea to keep a nightlight on for her after dark, either.
Kittens are basically furry, meowing bundles of chaos in very cute packages. Older cats are much calmer, but they still have their frisky moments. Provide your feline friend with plenty of toys, and take a few minutes a day to play with her. This is easy to work into TV time: just keep a toy or laser pointer near your favorite spot. The exercise, fun, and mental stimulation are all great for Fluffy, and can help keep her happy and healthy as she ages.
We always advise keeping kitties inside. This goes double for seniors. For one thing, they’re slower and weaker than their younger kin, which makes it hard for them to evade potential threats. They’re also more at risk of getting lost, hurt, or even killed. Keep Fluffy safe and sound indoors.
Fluffy may need to come in more often as she reaches her golden years, so her health can be properly monitored. Your furry pal’s chances of developing certain health issues will increase over time. With cats, it can be difficult to spot signs of illness, because they naturally try to hide signs of illness or injury. Some things to watch for include changes in thirst or appetite, withdrawal, unkempt fur, weight gain or loss, vomiting, litterbox issues, diarrhea, fever, lethargy, and unusual behavior or vocalization. Call your vet ASAP if you notice anything off.
Fluffy will never stop being cute and sweet. Pay extra attention to your furry buddy, and make sure she feels loved and safe. Senior cat purrs are precious!
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