Choosing a Bed for your Senior Cat

Choosing a Bed for your Senior Cat

Just like people, aching and sore joints can develop in cats as they age, and they are more likely to become ill or experience health issues. You want your pet cat to be as comfortable as possible when he wants to relax, and this means finding the right bed to match all his requirements.

To help you make the right choice for your feline friend, we’ve put together a guide on what to look for when choosing a bed for your senior cat, as well as some home-care tips that will ensure your cat is as comfortable as he can be in his golden years.

What to Consider When Choosing a Bed

1.Good Support

Essential for cats who are arthritic or have sore joints, a soft but firm bed with supported sides will allow your cat to easily get in and out. A good supportive bed with a cushioned base allows your cat to curl up and sleep, while also helping to support arthritic joints and cradle tired bones. It’s important the bed you choose has a low entry point so your older cat isn’t struggling to get in. High entry point beds such as window or perch beds may not be the best option if your kitty is suffering from arthritis.

2. Warmth

Some materials can retain heat better than others. Check out our range of blankets which can be put into your cat’s bed to provide warmth, comfort and help suit aching muslces and joints.

3. Shape

There are many different types of cat beds, and depending on the size of your cat, some may be more suited than others. Some older cats may want a hiding space as they become less sociable with age, so a cat cave bed or a bed with a cover will be best suited to them. Make sure there is a nice, cushion base for your cat so they can properly relax.

cat sleeping in bed (1)

4. Washability

Older cats are more likely to have the odd accident in the house or in their bed, and may be more vulnerable to bacteria than younger felines. It is important to choose a bed that is easy to maintain and can protect against those little accidents.

5. Location

It’s a good idea to have a few beds around the house. Make sure they are in a quiet location (no loud machinery such as a washing machine) and if you have a multi-story home, consider placing your cat’s bed on the ground floor so he won’t have to navigate upstairs every time he is tired or wants to nap. If his bed is too difficult to access, he may end up not using it at all.

If your cat spends most of his time outdoors, a waterproof bed might the best option. They prevent the water soaking into the cushion underneath the cover, so are great for older cats who like to explore the outdoors.

cat stepping out of litter box

At-Home Care Tips

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.

Low-entry litter boxes will 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.

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