7 Ways to Handle a Senior Cat Safely

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7 Ways to Handle a Senior Cat Safely

Aging is a normal part of life, and at some point, our feline friends will get older and become seniors. As cats grow into this life stage, their care requirements will begin to change, such as their diet and exercise routine. You may find your older cat is walking at a slower pace or is finding it difficult to leap onto her cat towers like she once could. All these changes are completely normal, but it’s important to know how to adapt to them to ensure your cat is happy and healthy.

Here, we give our top tips on handling your senior cat safely, what to consider when helping her move around, and how to make her golden years as comfortable as possible.

Grooming Care

1.It’s important to help your senior cat take care of his coat, as arthritis and muscle pain can prevent your cat taking care of it herself. When brushing, don’t pull too hard, as this can hurt your cat. You should also bear in mind that older cats have very thin skin that can tear easily. Once you have brushed through, use a comb to go over his coat one more time. It is a good idea to run your hands though your cat’s coat to help move the oil around. Be careful when brushing your his hind legs, hips or underside, as these areas can be sensitive!

2. If you notice them slipping and sliding during bath time or on the table when you’re grooming them, consider using a non-slip mat that will secure their footing. This will especially help them if they have arthritis or mobility issues.

3. While grooming your kitty, why not try massage her too? Massage can increase a cat’s flexibility, circulation as well as making her happy and content.

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At Home Care

4. There is rarely the need to make any radical changes to the home to accommodate your cat as she begins to age, but small adaptations can often make a significant difference to the quality of her life. For example, if your cat is finding it difficult navigating up and down the stairs, make sure all her needs are met on the bottom floor, such as her bed, litter box, toys, scratchers etc. Ensuring that all your cat’s needs are met on that one level will prevent any accidents in the house or risk of being unable to access important resources.

5. Investing in a good bed can improve your senior cat’s quality of life significantly, and can provide relief from aching muscles and joints.

6. Low-entry litter boxeswill make it easier for senior cats to get in and out. If your cat is arthritic or has mobility issues, make sure the litter boxes are placed in easily accessible areas.

Around Children

7. You should always supervise children when they around cats, but especially senior cats as they may not like to be touched/handled due to joint or muscle pain. Cats can be unpredictable and may scratch or bite without warning if something irritates them. Teach children to respect the cat’s privacy and to understand their body language; if your senior cat hisses, yowls, arches their back or bare their teeth, they want to be left alone.

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