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Grooming a Senior Cat

June 1, 2021

Is your cat in her golden years? If so, she may need a helping hand with her beauty routine. Senior kitties often have trouble bending and stretching. This can make it hard for them to clean themselves as they grow older. Obesity can also be an issue. Plus, your cat’s skin may produce more oil as she ages, especially if she develops medical issues. You’ll need to brush Fluffy regularly to get that dead hair and dander out of her coat. In this article, a local veterinarian offers some advice on this.


Be Gentle

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


Make It Fun

Fluffy’s beauty sessions will be more pleasant for both of you if she thinks she’s being pampered. Timing is very important here. Wait until your kitty is feeling relaxed and cuddly. To get that little motor going, incorporate pets, ear scritches, and treats, and talk to her gently in a relaxed tone of voice.


Choose Proper Equipment

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


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 about going to the salon, but her safety and well-being should trump her opinion. 


Do It Regularly

If you have a longhaired kitty, you’ll need to brush her daily. This will help keep her fur from forming mats. It can also help prevent hairballs, which are no fun for either of you. Plus, it’s good for your kitty’s circulation.


Wipes

Does Fluffy sometimes get a dirty rump? Use a damp washcloth or cat wipes to keep her fur clean. Ask your vet for specific advice on this.


Pawdicures

Fluffy’s claws will thicken as she grows older. 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

Your furry buddy should see her vet regularly. Keep in mind that skin or coat issues can sometimes be indicative of underlying health issues. 


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

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