Adopting a Senior Cat

November is Adopt A Senior Pet Month! This is a great cause, and one we are happy to shine a spotlight on. Older cats have a very hard time competing with frisky young kittens when it comes to getting adopted. If you’re adopting a senior cat, you definitely have our support! Here, a Cameron Park, CA vet offers advice on adopting a senior feline.

Helping Fluffy Settle In

Make sure Fluffy has a nice, comfortable place to relax and settle in. Senior cats are pretty drowsy, and can sleep up to 20 hours a day, so offer your feline pal lots of soft beds to snuggle up in. Your kitty will also appreciate a comfy window seat, where she can relax and watch birds and squirrels. If you have other pets, put these things in a quiet back room, and keep your furry friends separated at first. Ask your vet for tips on making introductions.

Choose Good Food

Good nutrition is key to keeping your cat healthy. Offer Fluffy high-quality, senior-formula kitty food, but don’t overfeed her. Ask your vet for nutritional advice.

Keep Your Kitty Active

Playing is of course fun for Fluffy, but it’s also very beneficial for her. Running and jumping—even for just a few minutes—will keep your furball strong and healthy. And, since cats must concentrate to time their pounces just right, playing also provides them with beneficial mental stimulation. This is great for older kitties, as it can help combat the cognitive decline many kitties go through as they age.

Provide Regular Veterinary Care

Proper veterinary care is very important! Follow your vet’s recommended appointment schedule. At home, watch for signs of sickness, and call your vet immediately if you notice anything unusual.

Offer Senior Comforts

Choose a litterbox with low walls, which will be easier for Fluffy to use. Setting out pet ramps, or just arranging footstools so your furball can use them as stairs, will help her climb onto beds and sofas. When buying cat furniture, choose pieces that will be easy for your kitty to get onto.


Older cats are often very cuddly. Fluffy may want nothing more than to be petted and held. Indulge these adorable requests for attention. Senior cat purrs are truly special!

Do you have questions about caring for a senior cat? Contact us, your Cameron Park, CA vet clinic, today!

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