Senior Cat Care Tips

Is your feline friend starting to slow down a bit? Kitties can reach their senior years as early as age six! Although cats generally do age gracefully, as your pet grows older, her needs will change a bit. In this article, a Greensboro, NC vet discusses senior cat care.


By the time Fluffy reaches her golden years, she will be an expert napper, capable of snoozing up to 20 hours a day. Make sure your drowsy furball has plenty of soft beds and napping spaces to snuggle up in.


Playing is of course great fun for cats, but did you know it’s also good for them, both mentally and physically? Pouncing and jumping are great for kitties, and can keep your pet both strong and fit. Playing also offers Fluffy beneficial mental stimulation, which can keep her mind healthy as she ages. Spend a few minutes a day playing with your cat.


Older cats often get stiff and sore. Fluffy may have trouble reaching her entire body to groom herself. Help your furry friend out by gently brushing her.


Keep Fluffy’s little motor going by paying lots of attention to her. Talk to your kitty, pet her, and let her snuggle up with you, so she always feels loved, safe, and secure. Just remember to be very gentle when picking your feline buddy up and putting her down.

Kitty Facilities

Senior cats often find it easier to use litterboxes with low walls. Consider upgrading your furball’s private bathroom. Also, if your home has multiple floors, keep spares on every story, so Fluffy doesn’t have to use the steps as much.

Veterinary Care

Fluffy may need to come in more often as she ages. Ask your vet to recommend an appointment schedule. At home, keep up with your pet’s parasite control products, and watch for any signs of illness. Contact your vet immediately if you notice anything wrong.


Keep a nightlight on after dark, to help your furball find her way around more easily. Older cats sometimes get forgetful, so Fluffy may get lost on the way to the litterbox, and could meow to show her distress. Just do what you can to comfort your kitty if this happens.

Please contact us, your Greensboro, NC animal clinic, with any questions or concerns about your cat’s health or care. We’re here to help!

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