It’s Happy, Healthy Cat Month! Is your feline buddy getting up there in years? Fluffy will never stop being cute and lovable. However, her needs will change as she grows older. You’ll need to take some extra precautions with your furry pal as she ages. A Lewisville, TX vet offers some safety tips for senior cats in this article.
Cats may enjoy going outdoors, but they’re much safer inside. This goes double for kitties in their senior years. Fluffy won’t be as quick or agile as she once was, and she may not be fast or lithe enough to escape the neighbor’s dog or get out of the way of an oncoming car. She’s also at greater risk of forgetting where she is. Keep your furball safe and sound indoors!
Just like people, cats often experience a decline in their vision as they age. Help Fluffy out by setting out nightlights, especially near stairs and other hazards.
As your feline friend ages, she may have trouble jumping up onto your bed and/or reaching her favorite perching spots. She’ll therefore be at higher risk of falling, missing her target, or getting stuck. Get some pet stairs, or set out footstools for her to use as steps.
Protecting Fluffy doesn’t just mean preventing falls, slips, and injuries. You also need to protect her overall health! The best way to do that is to bring your furball into the vet regularly, so her health—and any changes to it—can be closely monitored. Senior cats need to come in a bit more often than their younger counterparts. Ask your vet to recommend an appointment schedule. You’ll also need to watch for signs of sickness, such as hiding, vomiting, diarrhea, and respiratory issues.
Offer Fluffy some hiding spots to retreat to if she feels scared or just wants privacy. This one is especially important for those who have other pets that are stronger and younger, and may try to bully an older kitty.
It’s not uncommon for people to leave their kitties home for a few days when they go out of town. Older cats really are better off under professional, supervised care. Better safe than sorry!
Do you have questions about your cat’s health or care? Contact us, your Lewisville, TX animal clinic, today!