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Adopting a Senior Cat

November is Adopt A Senior Cat Month! If you are ready to bring a new kitty into your home, why not give a sweet older furball a great retirement? We all know kittens are adorable, but they don’t have much trouble finding homes. Older cats, however, are often overlooked. Here, a Plano, TX vet lists some great benefits to getting a senior cat.

Benefits of Adopting Senior Cats

There are some really great benefits to picking a kitty in her senior years. For one thing, you won’t have any surprises as far as what your pet will look like in a few years, or what her purrsonality will be like. If Fluffy is sweet and cuddly in the shelter, she’ll be sweet and cuddly at home. Another great thing about older felines is that they spend most of their time snoozing. Fluffy will be more interested in curling up on your lap than in knocking everything off your counters. You’ll also be able to feel great about saving a kitty’s life, and freeing up space at the shelter.

Bringing Fluffy Home

Going to a new home is a huge change for a kitty. When you bring Fluffy home, put her in a quiet back room with bedding, food, toys, and treats, and let her settle in. If you have other pets, let them all get to know each other slowly.

Keeping Kitty Comfy

Small touches can really help make Fluffy feel comfortable, loved, and safe. Offer her lots of cozy beds, and set out pet ramps or stairs for her. Your kitty may also appreciate having heating pads or thermal blankets to snooze on. We also recommend getting a litterbox with low sides: these are easier for older cats to get in and out of. Last but not least, keep a nightlight on for your furball after dark.

Care Tips

Make sure that Fluffy sees the vet regularly. Most senior cats should come in every six months or so. While you’re there, get specific advice on your pet’s nutritional needs. Playing with your furball regularly will also benefit her, both mentally and physically. Finally, spend lots of time with your feline pal. Talk to her, brush her, pet her, and cuddle her. Senior cat purrs are precious!

Please contact us, your Plano, TX vet clinic, for your senior cat’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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