Shopping Checklist for Adopting a Senior Cat

November is Adopt A Senior Pet Month! If you’ve recently decided to give a senior kitty a forever home, you’re doing a wonderful thing. To help get you and Fluffy started out on the right paw, you’ll want to make sure you have everything ready and waiting for your new pet before the big day. A Colorado Springs, CO vet lists some must-have items below.

Bedding

Senior cats tend to be quite sleepy. Fluffy may spend up to 20 hours a day snoozing! Offer your drowsy furball lots of comfy beds.

Toys

Playing is great for kitties, and is particularly beneficial as they age. A fun round of ‘Catch the feathery thing’ or ‘Chase the red dot’ will get Fluffy off the couch and moving, which is great for her physically. Regular play sessions also offer your furball mental stimulation. This will help keep her mind sharp, and can help fight off the dementia and confusion cats sometimes experience in their golden years. Toys should definitely be on your list!

Litterbox

Fluffy may have trouble getting in and out of a litterbox with high sides. Choose one with low walls, which will be easier for her to use. If your home has more than one floor, keep litterboxes on each story. That way, your kitty won’t have to go up and down the stairs as often.

Food

If you know what your feline friend has been eating, get that brand for now. Ask your vet for specific nutritional recommendations, including serving sizes, suitable treats, and supplements. Be sure to make any changes to your kitty’s diet slowly: adjusting Fluffy’s menu too quickly could upset that cute furry tummy!

Grooming Supplies

As cats age, they often have a hard time reaching their entire bodies when grooming themselves. You can help Fluffy out by gently brushing her to remove the dead fur from her coat. Pick up some beauty supplies for your furry little diva.

Furniture

When buying pet furniture for an older kitty, choose pieces that are easy for Fluffy to get on and off. A tall cat tower, which she will have to climb to use, may be too difficult for her to manage.

To learn more about senior cat care, or to schedule an appointment for your kitty, contact us, your local Colorado Springs, CO animal clinic. We are happy to help!