Helping a Senior Cat Settle In

Did you know that November is Adopt A Senior Pet Month? This is a cause that is truly near and dear to our hearts, and one that we are happy to spread awareness about. If you’ve decided to give an elderly kitty a new retirement home, you have our support! Here, a Mattoon, IL vet discusses helping your feline buddy settle in.

Shopping For Fluffy

Keep your new pet’s age in mind when you go shopping for her. For instance, when you get a litterbox, choose one with low sides, as older cats sometimes have difficulty getting in and out of litterboxes with high walls. If you get Fluffy some pet furniture, choose things that are low to the ground, so she won’t have trouble getting on and off.

Peace And Quiet

When you bring your kitty home, put her in a quiet back room with her food, toys, litterbox, and bedding. This will give your furball a quiet, safe place to relax and settle in. If you have other pets, make introductions slowly and carefully.

Food

Your cat will need a high-quality, senior formula kitty food. If you know what Fluffy has been eating, get that same brand at first. Make changes slowly, and only after consulting your vet.

Veterinary Care

One of the first things you’ll want to do is schedule a veterinary appointment. Fluffy will need a thorough exam. You’ll also want to make sure she is microchipped, spayed or neutered, and current on her parasite control and vaccinations. While you’re there, get some advice on your kitty’s diet and care needs.

Playtime!

Playing will not only keep Fluffy active, it’s also great for her mind. Plus, it’s a great way to bond with your new pet! Spend a few minutes a day playing with your cat.

Senior Facilities

Small touches can help keep your cat comfortable, and make life a little easier for her. If you have more than one floor, put litterboxes on every level, so Fluffy doesn’t have to use the stairs as much. Pet ramps or stairs will help your kitty reach her favorite napping spots. Also, be sure to leave a nightlight on after dark, so your furball can find her way around more easily.

Please contact us, your Mattoon, IL pet clinic, for all of your senior cat’s veterinary care needs. We’re happy to help!

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