!Let's Talk! Button

Tips for Great Senior Cat Care

October 1, 2015
Is your feline friend starting to slow down? Kitties generally age gradually and gracefully, but you will notice some changes in your furball as she enters her golden years. You may need to make some minor changes to your kitty’s care regimen in order to keep Fluffy happy and healthy as she ages. In this article from Fairfield Animal Hospital, your Cy-Fair vet clinic, you’ll read some great tips for senior cat care.


Senior cats often have difficulty climbing stairs, or even getting up onto beds or sofas at naptime. Pet ramps or stairs, or strategically-placed Ottomans, will help Fluffy climb onto the furniture. If your home has multiple stories, keep litter boxes and water dishes on each floor. That way, your furball won’t have to climb the stairs each time she needs to use the facilities, or gets thirsty.


A good, nourishing diet is crucial to your senior cat’s health. Don’t let your feline friend become obese, as those extra pounds are very bad for her! Supplements may be helpful. Fish oil, for instance, may be beneficial to pets with arthritis, as it can help lubricate stiff joints. Ask your vet for specific recommendations, including advice on switching to senior-formula pet food.

Veterinary Care

As Fluffy ages, she may need more frequent vet visits, so your vet can monitor her for any signs of developing health problems. Vaccines are also very important, as is parasite prevention, so be sure to stay current with your kitty’s preventative care. In between visits, keep a close eye on your cat for any signs of sickness. Some common signs of illness in kitties include vomiting; diarrhea; hiding; excessive or poor grooming; changes in appetite; and weight loss or gain. Litter box issues can also be a red flag. Contact your vet immediately if you notice anything amiss.


Believe it or not, your cat may sleep even more as she ages. When Fluffy is awake, try to keep her active. Use interactive toys, like a laser pointer, to get her moving. Play is also good for your kitty’s mind, as it may help fight the cognitive decline that many pets experience with age. Do you have questions about senior cat care? We are always happy to help! Call Fairfield Animal Hospital, your Cy-Fair vet clinic, for all of your cat’s veterinary care needs.
  • All
  • Adoptions
  • Behavior
  • Boarding
  • Cat Care
  • Dog Care
  • doggy daycare
  • General
  • General Care
  • General Health
  • Illness & Disease
  • Pocket Pet Care
  • Uncategorized
Boxer standing in field

Helping Your Rescue Dog Adjust

May 20th is Rescue Dog Day! Adopting a rescue dog can be a very beautiful…
Read More

Getting Your Child A Hamster

May 10th is World Hamster Day! Hammie actually has two celebration days: April 12th is…
Read More

Walking Your Cat

Do you keep your cat inside? That’s definitely a great option: Fluffy is both safer…
Read More

5 Reasons To Adopt A Greyhound

April is Adopt A Greyhound Month! Greyhounds are very sweet and intelligent, and they can…
Read More

Helping A Rescue Cat Settle In

March is Rescue Cat Month! That’s one cause we’re purrfectly happy to support. Of course,…
Read More

Boarding Fido

Pet Sitters Week starts March 5th! Choosing who is going to look after your beloved…
Read More

Spotlight On The Bracco Italiano

Did you know that Italy’s Carnevale takes place in February? Those festivities include lots of…
Read More

Bouvier des Flandres

Here at Fairfield Animal Hospital, your Cypress, TX animal clinic, we like celebrating pups of…
Read More

Taking Your Dog To The Vet

Is your canine buddy due for an appointment at the clinic? Fido would probably rather…
Read More
1 2 3 22