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Fun Friday Cat Fact of the Day 11-3-23…Senior Pet Month

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November is Senior Pet Month. Most consider a senior cat to be 11-14 years of age, and super seniors (geriatric) 15+ years old. This is a reminder that seniors should get wellness check ups with their vet biannually (2 times a year) in hopes of catching anything brewing early on and discussing any changes you might be noticing.

Here are Common Age-Related Changes you might start to notice/look out for:

Changes in behavior and sleeping patterns
Increased ‘talking’ or meowing
Pain-related to movement (jumping, using stairs, in/out of high-sided litter box)
Changes in sight and hearing
Decreased sense of smell and taste
Weight loss and loose skin
Brittle nails or nails that need to be trimmed more often
Decreased ability to absorb nutrients and increased need for protein

Since senior cats are more subtle than dogs in showing any signs of arthritis or aging, you can try to be more proactive in making accommodations for them. Here are some things to consider:

1. Litter boxes – Offer them wider, more shallow litter boxes so it isn’t so difficult for them to get in and out of them. Alternatively, you can use a litter box with a small ramp.

2. Accessible food and water –Try to keep their food and water in an easily accessible location and make sure to have fresh water available at all times.

3. Accommodations for getting to high places – Cats love to climb up things and be in safe, elevated resting spaces. Even though older cats aren’t quite as able to jump like they used to, they still love to sit in high places. Try to have ramps, low steps, or other options available for your cat to be able to still get to high places without having to jump on or off of them.

4. Grooming – Older cats have a more difficult time grooming themselves, especially on their back and near the base of their tail. For furry cats you might need to start brushing them daily and for our naked babies you might need to help with some baby wipes more frequently.

5. Nails — Clip their toe nails regularly. Older cats’ claws tend to grow thick, curl around, and can grow into their paw pads. This can lead to pain and infection. If you have trouble clipping their toe nails, you will need to set up regular appointments with a groomer or at your vet clinic.

TGIF Lairians
 

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