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Pampering Your Aging Cat

August 1, 2015

Is your cat entering her golden years? Every senior cat could use a little pampering. Try these tips from your San Antonio, TX veterinarian’s office.

Modify Your Home

Consider buying or building pet ramps to help your aging cat get up on furniture or up and down the staircase. Adding a few strips of carpet along the edges of slippery tile or wooden floors is also helpful; these will give your cat footing on such surfaces. Additionally, try raising your cat’s food and water dish onto a small platform of some kind, like a sturdy shoebox. This way, your feline friend doesn’t have to bend her neck down to eat and drink.

Help with Grooming

Cats are consummate self-groomers, but older cats can often benefit from a little help. Brush your cat regularly with a feline-specific pet brush. This will help remove loose or dead fur, smooth out the hair, and spread essential skin oils through the coat to keep it moisturized and healthy.

Set Up Multiple Litter Boxes

If your home has multiple floors, try adding a litter box to each one. This way, your cat doesn’t have to make the trek up and down the stairs every time she has to use the bathroom. It’s especially helpful if your cat suffers from painful arthritis, and is a good way to ensure your cat won’t have an accident on the carpet.

Supply a New Bed

Does your cat have a bed? Many elderly cats will love a plush, warm bed to relax in at the end of a long day. Certain cats may even benefit from an orthopedic pet bed, which can help to soothe aching joints. Consult your veterinarian before getting your cat an orthopedic or therapeutic bed.

Consider Pet Massage

This might be the ultimate pampering move—getting your cat a massage. It’s not frivolous, though; pet massage has many proven health benefits, including improved circulation, muscle relaxation, pain reduction, and more. Ask your veterinarian if there are any professional pet masseuses in your area, and ask about a few basic massage techniques that you can try at home.

Of course, senior cats should also have regular checkups with their veterinary professional to maintain great health. Most cats benefit from appointments twice a year or more. If your aging cat needs a checkup, vaccinations, or special care, don’t hesitate to contact your San Antonio, TX veterinarian’s office.

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