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Adopting a Senior Cat

November is Adopt A Senior Cat Month! Giving an older feline a wonderful, loving home is a wonderful thing to do, and one that can be very rewarding. Read on as an Ellicott City, MD veterinarian discusses bringing home an aging kitty. 

Benefits 

There are some great benefits to getting an older kitty. For one thing, Fluffy will probably be more interested in naps and cuddles than shenanigans. Plus, she probably won’t keep you up by playing with her squeaky toys in the middle of the night, or knock everything off your counters. She’s also pretty good at not getting stepped on!

Petproofing

Fluffy probably won’t try to climb your curtains, but she may still nibble on an unsafe plant. Remove anything that isn’t safe for her, such as toxic plants, plastic bags and ties, and small or sharp objects.

Kitty Comforts

Keeping your pet comfortable is going to be much more important than keeping her entertained. Set out lots of soft beds and napping spots for Fluffy. You may want to get pet stairs or ottomans, to make it easier for her to reach these spots. If you get a pet tower, choose one with the lowest levels close to the ground. Your furball may also appreciate having a safe space where she can settle in, such as a pet tent or kitty condo.

Litterbox

When you go shopping for Fluffy, get her a litterbox with low sides. This will be easier for her to get in and out of. You’ll need extra boxes if you have more than one cat, or if your house has multiple floors.

Fountain

Dehydration is often an issue with older cats. This can cause or contribute to kidney problems. Consider getting your furry pal a pet fountain, or setting out extra water bowls.

Veterinary Care

A veterinary appointment should be one of the first things on the agenda. While you’re there, ask for some specific tips on Fluffy’s diet and care needs. 

Keep Fluffy In

Older pets are at increased risk from things like traffic and wild animals. Fluffy may not be quick or limber enough to escape these hazards. She could also forget how to get home … especially in a new place. Keep your feline buddy indoors! 

Please contact us, your Ellicott City, MD animal clinic, if ever we can be of assistance. We’re here to help! 

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