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Grooming a Senior Cat

May 15, 2021

Is your feline buddy in her golden years? If so, Fluffy may need some help with her beauty routine. Senior cats can be quite stiff and sore, and they often have trouble bending and stretching. This can make it hard for them to clean themselves properly, especially if they are obese. Plus, Fluffy’s skin will produce more oil as she grows older, which can make her look a bit greasy. You’ll need to brush your kitty regularly to get that dead fur and dander out of her coat. A local vet offers some advice on this below.


 Be Gentle

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


Pawdicures

Fluffy’s claws will get thicker and more brittle 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, so she can keep up with her pawdicures.


Wipes

Does Fluffy sometimes get a dirty rump? You can use a damp washcloth or cat wipes to keep her fur clean. You may also need to trim the fur on her bottom. Just use blunt scissors. Ask your vet for specific advice on this.


Make It Fun

Fluffy’s beauty sessions will be more pleasant for both of you if she thinks she’s being pampered, not punished. Timing is very important here. Wait until your pet is feeling relaxed and cuddly. Incorporate pets, ear scritches, and treats, and talk to her gently in a relaxed tone of voice. 


Know When To Get Help

If your feline pal ever gets extremely tangled or matted, you may need to bring her to a salon. Fluffy may not be thrilled about this, but, as always, her safety and well-being should trump her opinion. 


Choose Proper Equipment

Wire brushes can work great on some pets with double coats, but they’re not suitable for older kitties. They’re quite sharp, and can cause injuries. Use something softer instead. Ask your vet for recommendations.


Do It Regularly

If Fluffy is a longhaired cat, you’ll likely need to brush her daily. This will help keep her coat from forming mats. It can also help prevent hairballs. Plus, it’s good for her circulation! Finally, it’s a good way for you to spend time with your pet, and get that little motor going.


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. As you are grooming your cat, watch for signs of medical problems, such as lumps, lesions, and/or sore spots. Call your vet if you notice any of these. 


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

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