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Grooming a Senior Cat

May 15 2021

Is your feline pal in her golden years? If so, Fluffy may need a helping hand with her beauty routine. Senior kitties often have a hard time bending and stretching. This can make it hard for them to clean themselves as they age. Obesity can also be an issue. Plus, your cat’s skin may produce more oil as she grows older, especially if she develops health issues. You’ll need to brush your furry friend regularly to prevent painful mats and tangles. A local vet offers some advice on this below.


 Make It Fun

Your furball’s 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 sleepy. (That shouldn’t take long.) Start by petting her softly, then add the brush. Incorporate pets, cuddles, and treats, and talk to your kitty gently in a relaxed tone of voice.


Do It Regularly

Grooming Fluffy regularly will help keep her fur from forming mats. Brushing your feline pal is always easier than trying to deal with fur that’s already tangled! It can also help prevent hairballs. If you have a longhaired cat, you’ll likely need to brush her daily.


Choose Proper Equipment

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


Be Gentle

Always be extremely careful when brushing an older cat. Fluffy may be very stiff and sore. Pulling hard on knots and mats can hurt your kitty. Plus, senior cats have very thin skin that can rip easily.


Wipes

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


Know When To Get Help

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


Pawdicures

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


Regular Veterinary Care

Fluffy should see her vet regularly. Keep in mind that skin or coat issues can sometimes be indicative of underlying health issues. Be on the lookout for things like lumps, bumps, and bruises.


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

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