Senior Cat Care Tips

Did you know that cats become seniors around age 10? Fluffy will still be the same adorable, quirky pet as always, but she’ll slow down, and will benefit from some extra TLC. Read on for some great senior cat care tips from a local Forest Hill, MD vet.

Comfy Beds

Older kitties are expert nappers, and can sleep up to 20 hours a day. Set out lots of comfy beds for Fluffy. These don’t have to be fancy. A soft blanket folded up and put in a box or wicker basket, or a pillow on an armchair, will do just fine.

Kitty Steps

Fluffy will still enjoy high places, but she’ll have a harder time reaching them than she once did. Get some pet ramps or stairs, or set out footstools for her to use as stairs.


Older cats often get stiff and sore, which can make it hard for them to groom themselves properly. Brush your cat regularly to help keep her fur soft and smooth.

Senior-Friendly Diet

Proper nutrition is very important! Fluffy may benefit from certain supplements. It’s also very easy for kitties in their golden years to become obese. Ask your vet for specific nutritional advice, including tips on changing over to senior-formula cat food.


If you leave your kitty alone, keep a light on for her, as well as a TV or radio. That way, Fluffy won’t be left alone in a dark, quiet house. We also recommend keeping nightlights on after dark, so your cat can see her way around.

Veterinary Care

One of the best things you can do for Fluffy is to make sure that she sees the vet regularly. Ask your vet to recommend an appointment schedule. If you notice signs of illness, bring her in right away.


Your feline friend may experience a decline in her cognitive functions as she ages. Fluffy may forget where her litterbox is, for instance, or get ‘stuck’ in a corner. This type of thing, understandably, can be scary for your pet. She may meow to vocalize her distress. Just do what you can to comfort her.


Last but not least, make sure Fluffy feels loved and safe. Talk to her, pet her, and let her snooze on your lap.

Is your senior kitty due for an exam? Contact us, your Forest Hill, MD vet clinic, today!

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