Dec 27 2015

Make Your Aging Cat More Comfortable

  1. Add more bathrooms: Extra litter boxes can help a forgetful elderly cat remember where the toilet is.
  2. Go for easy access: Provide litter boxes with at least one low side. These will be easier for an older cat with achy joints to enter and exit.
  3. Ramp it up: Add ramps or low stairs to help your cat get to its favorite sleeping spot on a sofa or bed.
  4. Serve regular meals: Structure and routine, especially related to mealtimes, will help sustain an elderly cat’s mental function.
  5. Make dinner desirable: A little hot water added to canned food will enhance the aroma and make it more appealing to a cat whose sense of smell might be diminishing. Provide plenty of fresh drinking water too.
  6. Shrink living spaces: Close off parts of the house where your cat could get lost or disoriented, and restrict the cat to a few familiar rooms.
  7. Keep stairs off limits: Arthritic joints, loss of vision and cognitive dysfunction can make stairs difficult for your older cat to navigate. Eliminate access to stairs and limit living space to one floor.
  8. Don’t change a thing: Avoid major changes to your household. A kitten, puppy or even new adult pet will be stressful to your elderly cat.
  9. Increase interaction: Gentle playtime- even just stretching a paw to bat a toy mouse or feather- will stimulate your aging cat’s brain and muscles.
  10. Give lots of love: Many cats become more affectionate as they get older. Use this time to strengthen the bond between you and your senior feline.

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