Is your kitty aged seven or older? If so, your pet is officially a senior! Of course, Fluffy’s retirement schedule probably won’t look much different from her normal itinerary. Your furball will still spend most of her time sleeping, eating, and looking cute. However, she will benefit from some extra TLC. A local Santa Rosa, CA vet discusses senior cat care below.

Food

A good diet is appropriate for kitties at any age. You’ll need to be careful not to overfeed your furry pal. Fluffy will be an expert beggar, but she won’t be as active as she once was. This makes it very easy for her to gain weight! Ask your vet for specific advice, including supplements.

Playtime

Taking a few minutes a day to play with your feline pal is very important! This will help your pet stay in shape physically. It will also provide her with mental stimulation. Don’t worry about over-exhausting your furball. Unlike dogs, when cats get tired, they’ll just stop playing.

Veterinary Care

Fluffy will probably need to come in a bit more often as she ages. In between visits, watch for any indications of illness or injury. Call us right away if you notice anything amiss!

Kitty Comforts

Small touches can help your beloved pet feel safe and comfortable. Soft beds are definitely a must. Older cats can sleep up to 20 hours a day! You may want to turn a light on for Fluffy if you’ll be out after dark, so she can get around more easily. We also recommend getting a litterbox with low sides, which will be easier for her to get in and out of.

Safety

Keep your feline friend safe and sound indoors! The Great Outdoors can be a dangerous place for kitties. Cars, weather, traffic, and other animals all threaten cats. Fluffy could also forget where she is, and not be able to get home again.

Grooming

Fluffy may have trouble grooming her entire body. Brush her regularly to remove dead fur and dander from her coat.

Purrs

Keep your kitty’s little motor going by paying lots of attention to her. Talk to Fluffy (even if she doesn’t talk back), pet her, and play with her. Senior cat purrs are truly precious!

Please contact us, your local Santa Rosa, CA vet clinic, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!