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Grooming A Senior Cat

July 1, 2023

Have you ever noticed that sometimes older cats look a bit unkempt? There is a reason for this, and it’s not that Fluffy stopped caring about her beauty regime. Older kitties sometimes get quite stiff and sore. That makes it hard for them to bend and stretch enough to clean themselves properly. If you have a meowing senior on your hands, you’ll want to offer her a helping hand. Read on for some tips on grooming your aging kitty in this article from Fairfield Animal Hospital, your Cypress, TX pet hospital.

Brush Gently

Your main job, when it comes to grooming your feline pal, is simply to brush Fluffy. Longhaired cats will need more frequent brushings than shorthaired ones. Choose a time when she’s feeling relaxed, and gently incorporate the brush, moving in the direction of her fur. Don’t pull too hard: older kitties have quite delicate skin, and you could easily cause a rip.

Bathe Only As Needed

One good thing about cats is the fact that you don’t have to bathe them, though some people do choose to. If you’ve always bathed Fluffy, then you can continue to do so. Avoid giving your furry bff baths when it’s cool out: you don’t want her to get a chill while she’s drying off. Keep in mind that sometimes just being picked up and held can be uncomfortable for senior pets. If your kitty gets dirt or feces stuck to her bottom, try using a washcloth to clean her. If your feline buddy seems particularly dirty, you may want to consider going to a professional groomer.

Use The Time

When you brush your feline friend, take the time to inspect her body and skin condition. Keep an eye out for anything unusual, such as lumps, bumps, swelling, or tenderness. Contact your vet ASAP if you notice anything amiss.

Time It Right

Many older cats will only tolerate being held or handled for a few minutes. If Fluffy seems uncomfortable, don’t force her to submit. It’s better to do quick daily sessions than make your furry pal sit through longer weekly ones.

Make It Fun

Fluffy will be much more amenable if she thinks she is being pampered, rather than punished. Incorporate treats and praise, and get that little motor going.

Do you want to schedule grooming? Contact Fairfield Animal Hospital, your Cypress, TX pet hospital, today!

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