As our cats age, their bodies change and their needs will start to differ. While they’ll always be our baby kitties, our senior cats are going to have some special needs. They become more sensitive physically and mentally, their bodies and minds start to change, and they will need some extra help living out their golden years in happiness and health. If you’re wondering how you can make life better for your aging kitty, consider these tips.
#1 – More Beds
Senior cats generally spend more time sleeping than their younger selves, so giving them some extra beds and blankets to lie on will be much appreciated. The softer the better, because as our cats age their bodies become stiffer with arthritis and hard surfaces will be painful to lie on.
#2 – Stairs & Ramps
Just like people, age brings stiff joints and decreased mobility. Our cats still want to be by our sides wherever we go, so helping them get up and down stairs and on and off of furniture will be greatly appreciated. Using a ramp or steps to help your cat get around will save their bodies and make being near you an easy task.
#3 – Diet Change
Just like people, a cat’s nutritional needs will change over time. Older cats need different amounts of certain nutrients than young cats and kittens, and they need less of others. Work with your veterinarian to decide which diet is best for your senior cat. You might not need to change your cat’s food, but you’ll likely change the amount you feed and any supplements you’re giving.
#4 – Keep Active
Just because your cat is old in body doesn’t mean they are in mind! Your senior cat will still want to spend quality time with your. They are often young and heart and enjoy playing all of the games they did throughout their earlier years and perhaps even some new ones too! Keeping your cats mind and body stimulated will keep them happy and healthy for many years.