Is your furball aged seven or older? If so, your pet is in or near her senior years. As your cat ages, she’ll still be the same quirky, lovable furball as ever, but some of her care needs will change a bit. In this article, a Webster, NY vet discusses pampering a senior cat.
Older cats are expert nappers, capable of snoozing up to 20 hours a day. Offer your drowsy furball lots of comfy beds. Store bought beds are great, and you’ll want to get at least one or two, but Fluffy will also happily curl up on a soft folded up blanket. If you really want to activate the purr, get your kitty a heated bed or a thermal pet blanket.
Veterinary care is important for pets of all ages, but it’s particularly crucial for older felines. As Fluffy ages, her odds of developing medical issues increases. Senior cats often develop bone/joint problems, such as arthritis, and they are also at increased risk of developing cancer. Having your pet examined regularly—and getting blood panels and other screenings done—greatly increases the chances of any issues being caught early. This can make a huge difference! There are now many treatment options available for kitties. Things like medication, supplements, and even massages can help manage specific health problems, and can also alleviate pain and stiffness, improving your kitty’s overall quality of life and keeping that little motor going.
Did you know that playing is actually beneficial for our feline companions? Even a few minutes of pouncing and jumping can give Fluffy a pretty good workout. This will help keep her strong and fit physically. Playing is also great for your kitty’s mind. Cats benefit from mental stimulation, just like people do. If you offer Fluffy a crossword puzzle, she’ll probably just knock the pencil off the table and then sprawl out on the puzzle. Playing is a much better option. It takes focus and concentration to land some of those tricky pounces! This can help ward off the cognitive decay some older cats face in their golden years. Don’t worry about overexerting your furball: if she gets tired, she’ll just walk away.
Please contact us, your local Webster, NY vet clinic, with any questions or concerns about your cat’s health or care. We are here to help!