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Senior Cat Care

Is your kitty aged seven or older? If so, Fluffy is approaching her golden years. Of course, cats tend to age quite slowly. Many of our feline patients live well into their teens, and even into their twenties. However, your pet will need a bit of extra TLC as she ages. A Cincinnati, OH vet discusses senior cat care below.

Beds

Your kitty will somehow manage to sleep even more in her golden years than she did before. Senior cats can spend up to 20 hours a day sleeping. (We’re not entirely convinced that cats really need that much shuteye, but that’s beside the point.) Comfy beds are a definite must!

Playtime

Fluffy won’t be as frisky as she was as a kitten, but she’ll still have her moments of zoominess. Playing is a great way to keep your feline buddy in shape! It’s also good for her mentally. Cats have to focus on those tricky run/jump/pounce combinations.

Veterinary Care

Fluffy will benefit from more frequent appointments as she ages. It’s always best when issues are caught and treated early! In between appointments, watch for signs of illness, such as vomiting, diarrhea, and respiratory issues. Call your vet immediately if you notice anything amiss.

Facilities

Older cats often have trouble using litterboxes with low sides. Get Fluffy one that was made specifically for senior cats. If you have a large house and/or multiple floors, get extra ones as well.

Nightlights

It isn’t uncommon for older cats to develop issues with their vision and hearing as they age. Keep a nightlight on for your feline pal at night, to help her get around after dark.

Keep Kitty In

We strongly recommend that all cats stay indoors. This goes double for senior kitties! Fluffy may not hear a car coming, and she might not be fast enough to get away from the neighbor’s dog. Older cats also sometimes forget where they are, which puts them at increased risk of getting lost. Keep your furry buddy safe and sound inside!

Purrs

Make sure Fluffy feels loved, safe, and maybe a bit pampered. Pay attention to your pet every day! Talk to her, giveĀ  her forehead kisses or ear rubs as you pass by, and let her sleep on your lap.

Please contact us, your Cincinnati, OH vet clinic, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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