Is your cat entering—or perhaps already in—her golden years? If so, Fluffy may need a helping hand with her beauty routine. Senior cats often get stiff and sore, and can have trouble bending and stretching. This can make it hard for them to clean themselves. 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 prevent mats and tangles. A local vet offers some advice on this below.
Fluffy’s beauty sessions will be easier and more pleasant for both of you if your pet thinks she’s being pampered. Timing is very important here. Wait until your furball is feeling relaxed and cuddly. Incorporate pets, ear scritches, and treats, and talk to her gently in a relaxed tone of voice.
If you have a longhaired cat, you’ll likely need to brush her daily. Grooming Fluffy regularly will help keep her coat from forming mats. It will also help prevent hairballs. Plus, it’s good for her circulation. Try to make beauty sessions part of your daily routine.
Always be extremely careful when brushing a senior cat. Fluffy may be very stiff and sore. Pulling hard on knots can hurt her. Plus, older kitties’ skin is very delicate and can rip easily.
Wire brushes can work great on dogs with double coats, but they’re not suitable for older cats, even those with thick fur. Use something softer instead. Ask your vet for specific advice.
Does Fluffy sometimes get a dirty bottom? Use a damp cloth or cat wipes to keep her clean. Ask your vet for more information.
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, as always, her safety and well-being should trump her opinion.
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.
Your furry buddy should see her vet regularly. Keep in mind that skin or coat issues can sometimes be indicative of underlying health issues.
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