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7 Important Elderly Cat Care Tips

7 Important Elderly Cat Care TipsCats get older just like we do, and if your feline friend is getting on in years, it’s important to stay on top of its care. Here are a few tips that can make all the difference!

Elderly Cat Care Tips

Don’t overfeed.

  • Obesity causes problems in cats just as much as it does in humans, so do whatever you can to keep your cat at a healthy weight. There are specialty foods and feeding strategies you can do to give your cat the food it needs while preventing it from gaining weight.

Keep up with vaccinations.

  • If taking your cat to the vet for shots is an ordeal that you and your cat dread, you aren’t alone. However, if you put vaccinations off, your cat’s health can become seriously undermined. This becomes especially risky as your cat gets older. At Antelope Valley Animal Hospital, we work hard to make the experience as pleasant for you and your cat as possible. Knowing your friend has been vaccinated will give you better peace of mind and hopefully help your cat live longer.

Encourage regular exercise.

  • Cats are different from dogs when it comes to exercise because a majority of them don’t go on regular walks. Instead, they get a majority of their exercise from playing. Almost every cat has a favorite toy, so set aside a little time every day to play with your furry friend. This one-on-one playtime will not only keep your cat’s muscles toned and its joints strong; it will keep the two of you close and allow you to observe your friend for uncharacteristic behavior.

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Trim your cat’s nails if necessary.

  • Active cats usually have healthier nails. However, once your cat gets older, its claws may get too long or get broken. Check on its claws and trim them when it’s necessary. This way, your cat’s claws won’t snag on surfaces or cause your cat pain.

Keep up with cleaning.

  • Older cats experience incontinence or spread litter around the house more than before. Keep your cat’s bed clean and maintain the area around it. If your cat’s lifestyle exposes it to fleas, be very proactive about preventing these parasitic pests.

Consider feeding your cat several small meals instead of one big one.

  • When your cat gets one big meal a day, this puts a significant strain on its digestive system. While this can work just fine when your cat is younger, it isn’t as good an idea when it gets older. Several small meals throughout the day can prevent constipation and other digestive struggles.

Take your cat to the vet at least two times a year.

  • Your cat’s body gets weaker as it ages, so you’ll want to make sure it gets professional care several times throughout the year. A vet will be able to identify issues before they get too advanced, allowing your cat to live more comfortably, and for you to save money on medical costs.

Turn to Antelope Valley Animal Hospital

Wherever your cat may be in its life, the team at Antelope Valley is passionate about giving it world-class veterinary care in Palmdale. Make an appointment with the area’s premier team today!

 

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