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Grooming a Senior Cat

May 1, 2021

Is your feline buddy  in her golden years? If so, she may need some help with her beauty routine. Senior cats can get quite stiff and sore, which can make it hard for them to reach their whole bodies. Obesity can also be an issue. Plus, Fluffy’s skin may get greasier as she ages, especially if she develops medical issues. You’ll need to brush Fluffy regularly to prevent painful mats and tangles. A local vet offers some advice on this below.


Make It Fun

Fluffy’s beauty sessions will be more pleasant for both of you if your furry little diva thinks she’s being pampered. Timing is very important here. Wait until your pet is feeling relaxed and cuddly. If she’s a lap cat, wait until she’s settled in on you. Incorporate pets, ear scritches, and treats, and compliment your kitty gently in a relaxed tone of voice.


Do It Regularly

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


Be Gentle

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


Choose Proper Equipment

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


Wipes

Does your pet sometimes get a dirty behind? This isn’t uncommon in older cats, especially fluffy ones. 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 Fluffy’s fur ever gets extremely tangled or matted, you may need to bring her to a professional groomer. She might not be thrilled going to the salon, but her safety and well-being should trump her opinion. 


Pawdicures

Fluffy’s nails will thicken as she grows older. You may notice her getting caught on things more often. Make sure your feline friend has a good scratching post or board.


Regular Veterinary Care

Proper veterinary care is crucial for older kitties. Your furry buddy should see her vet regularly. Keep in mind that skin or coat issues can sometimes be indicative of underlying health issues. Call your vet if you notice anything unusual.


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