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Grooming a Senior Cat

May 15 2021

Is your feline friend in her golden years? If so, she may need a helping hand with her beauty routine. Senior cats often have trouble bending and stretching, especially if they are obese. This can make it difficult for them to properly clean themselves. Plus, your cat’s skin may produce more oil as she grows older, especially if she develops medical issues. You’ll need to brush Fluffy regularly to get that dead fur and dander out of her coat. Here, a local vet offers some advice on this.

Make It Fun

Fluffy’s beauty sessions will be more pleasant for both of you if your furball thinks she’s being pampered. Timing is very important here. Wait until Fluffy is feeling relaxed and cuddly. Try to get that motor going! Incorporate pets, ear scritches, and treats, and talk to your feline buddy gently in a relaxed tone of voice.

Be Gentle

Always be extremely careful when brushing an older cat. Fluffy may be very stiff and sore. Pulling too hard on knots can hurt her. Plus, senior cats have very thin skin that can rip easily.

Do It Regularly

Longhaired cats really should be brushed daily. This doesn’t need to take long, but it will help keep Fluffy’s fur from forming mats, which are itchy and uncomfortable. It can also help prevent hairballs. Plus, it’s good for her circulation.


Does your furry pal sometimes get a dirty bottom? You can use a damp washcloth or cat wipes to keep her fur clean. You may also need to trim some of that fur. Be sure to use only round-end scissors. Ask your vet for specific advice on this.

Choose Proper Equipment

Wire brushes can work great on dogs with double coats, but they’re not suitable for older kitties. These are quite sharp! Use something softer instead. Ask your vet for specific recommendations.

Regular Veterinary Care

Your furry buddy should see her vet regularly. Keep in mind that skin or coat issues can sometimes be indicative of underlying health issues. Use this time to discreetly check your kitty over.

Know When To Get Help

If your cat ever gets extremely tangled or matted, you may need to bring her to a professional groomer. Fluffy probably won’t be thrilled about going to the salon, but her safety and well-being should trump her opinion. 


Fluffy’s claws will get thicker and more brittle as she grows older. She may also become more prone to getting caught on things. Make sure that your furry friend has a good scratching post or board, so she can keep up with her pedicures.

Please contact us, your local veterinary clinic, anytime. We are always here to help!

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