Adopting a Senior Cat

November is Adopt A Senior Pet Month! This is a special cause, and one that we are happy to support. Senior cats make wonderful animal companions! However, they often have a very hard time getting adopted, simply because so many people pass them over in favor of kittens. Read on as a local Carolina Forest, SC vet offers tips on adopting an older feline.

Kitty Comforts

Small touches will help turn your home into a luxury palace for your pet. Set out some pet ramps or stairs to help Fluffy get to her favorite perches. A litterbox with low sides is also a good idea: these are easier for senior cats to manage. You’ll also want to set out lots of comfy beds for your feline buddy to snuggle up in.

Coming Home

You may want to put these things in a quiet back room at first, to give your furry buddy a place to settle in. If you have other pets, make introductions slowly, over the course of several days.

Food

It’s very easy for older kitties to pack on extra pounds. After all, they spend most of their time napping! Offer your feline friend a high-quality senior cat food. Treats are fine, but don’t go overboard. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Veterinary Care

One of the first things you’ll want to do is make an appointment with the vet. Fluffy will most likely already be fixed, but she will need a full exam. You’ll also want to make sure she is microchipped, and up to date on her vaccinations and parasite control products. Don’t be shy about asking for tips on your pet’s diet and care needs. We are here to help!

Grooming

Older cats often have a hard time reaching their whole bodies when grooming themselves. Help your furry friend out by gently brushing her. This will remove dead fur and dander from your pet’s coat, and help her stay more comfortable.

Purrs and Love

Pay lots of attention to Fluffy, and make sure that she feels loved, safe, and perhaps a little bit spoiled. Purrs and snuggles from senior cats may be a bit magic, because they have a special way of making people smile!

Please reach out to us, your local Carolina Forest, SC vet clinic, for all of your senior cat’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!

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