Tips on Providing Enrichment For Your Senior Cat
As cats age, they can struggle with physical and mental decline, just like us humans. It is important to keep an eye out for any signs of discomfort or changes in behaviour, and to make sure your senior cat is comfortable and happy in their old age.
To help enrich your senior cat’s life and keep them healthy, here are some tips.
1. Provide a comfortable and safe home environment. Make sure your cat’s bedding is soft and clean and that they have plenty of resting places where they can feel safe and secure. Provide toys and scratching posts to keep your cat engaged and active. Clean litter boxes daily and have at least one litter box for each level of your home.
2. Monitor your cat’s diet. As cats age, their dietary needs change. Make sure your cat is getting the right balance of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. Feed them wet food to help maintain their dietary intake and hydration and talk to your veterinarian about supplements that may help. Keep water dishes in many areas of your home to make drinking water as easy and enjoyable as possible.
3. Schedule regular veterinary visits. Regular vet visits are essential to monitor your senior cat’s health. Make sure your cat is up-to-date on their annual wellness exam, which often includes geriatric blood and urine testing and blood pressure evaluation. Be aware of any changes in your cat’s behaviour or physical activity that may indicate an underlying health problem, and share this information with your veterinarian.
4. Spend quality time with your cat. Cats are social animals and need attention and love. Take time to cuddle and play with your cat, brush their fur, and give them plenty of love and affection.
5. Give your cat fun and safe areas to explore. Cats are curious creatures, and by providing them with safe areas to play and explore, you can enrich their environment and keep their minds active. Cat towers placed in a sunny window, tunnels with treats hidden inside, catnip toys left on the window sill, or place a box on the floor (likely your cat’s favorite!) are all examples of things your cat may enjoy. If you have a cat flap or a safe, enclosed garden for your cat, make sure it is secure, and there is a sheltered area where your cat can relax in the sun. Enriching your cat’s environment can be fun for both cats and their owners.
By following these tips, you can help to ensure that your senior cat is comfortable and healthy in their old age. Make sure to keep up with your cat’s annual wellness exams as advised by your veterinarian. Keep an eye on your cat’s health and behaviour, and provide plenty of love and affection. With the right care, your senior cat can have a long and happy life.