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Helping A Senior Cat Adjust
November 21, 2021
It’s Adopt A Senior Pet Month! Senior cats really do need some PR, as they have a hard time competing with kittens when it comes to getting adopted. If you’re giving a sweet kitty in her senior years a happily-ever-after by adopting her, you definitely have our support! Here, a Kerrville TX vet offers some advice on helping Fluffy settle in.

Make Things Comfy

It’s pretty easy to turn your home into a kitty luxury palace. Set out lots of comfy beds, and give your furball things like cardboard tunnels and boxes to explore. Fluffy will also appreciate a comfy window seat, a scratching post, and, if possible, a cat tower.

Let Fluffy Sleep

Our feline buddies are always very sleepy, but older cats are particularly tired. Fluffy can sleep up to 20 hours a day! Offer her lots of soft beds and comfy napping spots.

Don’t Force Attention

Kitties all have their own purrsonalities. Some are bold and fearless, while others are very shy and timid. If Fluffy falls into that former category, she may immediately make herself at home, and will have no qualms about jumping into your lap. If she’s more of a scaredy-cat, she may need time to feel safe. Don’t force attention on her, and don’t pick her up if she doesn’t want to be held. Let your feline pal come to you when she wants cuddles.

Visit The Vet

Your kitty will need to meet her new doctor. Fluffy will probably already have been fixed, but she will need a full, nose-to-tail exam. While you’re there, get some advice on caring for your new pet. We’re always happy to answer questions!

Make Introductions Slowly

If you have other pets, go slowly as far as introducing them. Keep them separated at first, and don’t let them meet until they’re used to each other’s scents and presence. BE sure to supervise all interactions, especially at first.

Sweeten The Deal

Want to really get that motor going? Offer your furball kitty luxuries, like catnip, and take time to play with her daily. Toys and treats will also help your feline friend feel loved and safe. Of course, the most important thing is to pay attention to Fluffy! Talk to her, pet her, and just spend time with her. As your local Kerrville TX animal clinic, we are here to help! Call us anytime!
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