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8 Great Ways to Pamper Your Senior Cat

Is your feline buddy starting to show signs of aging? As your cat grows older, her basic needs—good food, clean litter, and proper veterinary care—won’t change, but she may need some extra TLC to stay happy and purring. Below, an Isle of Palms, SC vet lists some great ways to spoil senior cats.

Pet Ramps

Fluffy may have trouble reaching her favorite perches and napping spots. Set out pet ramps or stairs, or just arrange footstools for her to use as steps.

Playtime

Playing isn’t just fun for cats: it’s also great for them, both mentally and physically. Take time every day to hold a wand toy or laser pointer for your kitty to pounce on. Even a few minutes of playtime will help keep Fluffy fit, and can help keep her mind sharp.

Brushing

Older cats sometimes have trouble reaching their entire bodies to groom themselves. Give Fluffy a helping hand by brushing her gently.

Veterinary Care

Your cat may need to come in more often in her golden years, so her health can be closely monitored. At home, watch for any signs of illness, and contact your vet immediately if anything seems amiss. Ask your vet for recommendations.

Cuddles

Pay lots of attention to your feline friend! Fluffy’s little motor will still work just fine! Just be very gentle when picking her up or putting her down, as older kitties often get quite stiff and sore.

Beds

Once Fluffy reaches her senior years, she will be an expert napper, capable of snoozing up to 20 hours a day. Make sure your cat has lots of comfy napping spots. These can be pet beds, or just soft blankets placed in boxes or wicker baskets.

Kitty Comforts

It isn’t uncommon for cats to experience a decline in vision as they age. Leave a nightlight on for Fluffy after dark, so she can find her way around more easily. We also recommend getting a litterbox with low sides, which will be easier for your feline buddy to get in and out of.

Parasite Control

Fleas and ticks are no fun for any cat, but they can really make an older kitty uncomfortable. Keep up with Fluffy’s parasite control products.

Do you have questions or concerns about your cat’s health or care? Call us, your Isle of Palms, SC animal clinic, anytime!

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