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How to Pamper Your Elderly Cat

Is your cat entering her golden years? It can be quite fun to pamper her a bit, and it can actually provide several health benefits. Use these suggestions from a Poway vet.

New Bed

Has your cat been sleeping on the same bed for years now? It’s high time you got her another one. The feeling of a soft, plush new bed will be wonderful for your feline friend. Some cats even benefit from therapeutic beds, especially those suffering from arthritis. Ask your vet for a recommendation.

Help with Grooming

It’s a good bed your cat can’t reach certain areas of her body like she once could, simply due to restricted movement as she ages. Help her out with grooming by using your own brush. Get hard-to-reach spots like the underside of the belly. Consult your vet to find out about the best tools for your cat’s breed and fur type.

Multiple Litter Boxes

What senior cat wants to trek up and down the stairs several times a day to use the bathroom? Consider purchasing multiple litter boxes to place around your home. You may even put one on each floor. This way, wherever your cat is, she won’t have trouble accessing a box to go in. Make sure the sides of each box are low enough that she doesn’t have trouble.

Quiet Spot

A safe haven in a back room is a real treat for older cats, especially if you have company over a lot. A pet bed or a warm blanket in a back room will offer a quiet place for your cat to escape to when she desires.

Massage

Yes, pets can benefit from massage, too! Professional pet massage therapy not only feels great, it loosens tense muscles, soothes achy joints, and increases blood circulation. Call your vet to find out if there are any pet masseuses in your area.

These are by no means the only ways to pamper your elderly feline. Don’t hesitate to ask your Poway veterinarian for more healthy and fun ways to make your cat’s life easier as she ages!

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