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Grooming a Senior Cat

Is your feline buddy in her golden years? If so, she may need a helping hand with her beauty routine. Senior kitties often have trouble bending and stretching. Obesity can also be an issue. This can make it difficult for them to keep up as they age. Plus, the skin of many cats, particularly those with medical problems, produces more oil as they grow older. You’ll need to brush your pet regularly to prevent painful mats and tangles. A local vet offers some advice on this below.

Make It Fun

Fluffy’s kitty beauty sessions will be more pleasant for both of you if your pet thinks she’s being pampered, not punished. Timing is very important here. Wait until Fluffy is feeling relaxed and cuddly. Incorporate lots of pets, ear scritches, and treats, and talk to your kitty gently in a relaxed, friendly tone of voice.

Do It Regularly

Grooming your kitty regularly will help keep her fur from forming mats. It can also help prevent hairballs. Brushing a cat is always easier than trying to untangle knots from Fluffy’s fur. If you have a longhaired cat, you’ll likely need to brush her every day.

Be Gentle

Be extremely careful when brushing an older cat. Fluffy may be very stiff and sore, so pulling hard on tangles can hurt her. Plus, senior cats have very thin skin, which can tear easily.

Choose Proper Equipment

Wire brushes work great on dogs with double coats, but they really are not suitable for older kitties. Use something softer instead. Ask your vet for recommendations.

Wipes

Does Fluffy sometimes get dirty behind? You can use a damp, clean washcloth or cat wipes to keep her clean. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Know When To Get Help

If your feline pal ever gets extremely tangled, you may need to bring her to a professional groomer. Fluffy may not be thrilled about going to the salon, but her safety and well-being should trump her opinion. 

Pawdicures

Fluffy’s claws will thicken as she ages. She may also become more prone to getting caught on things. Make sure that your furry pal has a good scratching post or board.

Regular Veterinary Care

Your furball should see her vet regularly. Keep in mind that skin or coat issues can sometimes be indicative of underlying medical issues. Call your vet if you notice things like lesions, bumps, redness, or bruising. 

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

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