Is your feline pal beginning to slow down? Fluffy typically ages slowly and gracefully, so you probably won’t notice drastic differences right away. However, your pet will benefit from some extra TLC as she grows older. Here, a Coral Springs, FL vet discusses senior cat care.
Obesity is a common issue with older cats. Fluffy won’t be burning as many calories as she did when she was younger, so you’ll need to keep an eye on her waistline. Portion control is very important here. Even giving Fluffy a few calories too many each day can cause her to gain weight! Ask your vet for specific advice, including tips on changing to a senior-formula food.
Somehow, senior cats manage to sleep even more than young ones do. Make sure Fluffy has plenty of comfy beds to snuggle up in!
As Fluffy ages, she’ll become quite stiff and sore, and may have trouble reaching her whole body when grooming herself. Help her out by brushing her regularly. This is also a great time to check your kitty for signs of medical issues.
Speaking of medical issues, be sure to bring your furry buddy to the vet regularly. Regular exams are crucial, as they greatly increase the chances of any issues being caught early. You’ll also want to keep an eye out for signs of sickness. Call us immediately if you see anything unusual.
Small touches can really make a big difference when it comes to keeping your kitty purring. Set out pet ramps or stairs for Fluffy, so she can reach her favorite perches more easily. A nightlight will help her get around after dark, while a senior-friendly litterbox will be easier for her to get in and out of.
We recommend that all kitties stay indoors: they are both healthier and safer staying outside. The Great Outdoors is especially dangerous for older cats, however. Fluffy may not be fast enough to escape traffic or predators. She’s also at risk of forgetting how to get home. Keep your furball safe and sound inside!
Last but not least, spend lots of time with your furry pal, and make sure that she feels loved, safe, and secure. There’s nothing better than snuggles from a senior cat!
Please call us, your local Coral Springs, FL vet clinic, anytime. We are here to help!