Playing With a Senior Cat

Is your feline friend entering—or already in—her golden years? You probably won’t notice major changes right away. Your kitty will slowly become less frisky, and will spend even more time napping. However, Fluffy will still be a kitten at heart, and will still have bursts of friskiness. Playing with your pet will not only keep her entertained, it will also benefit her both mentally and physically. Here, a Cameron Park, CA vet discusses playing with a senior kitty.

Don’t Worry About Overdoing It

Overexertion is always a concern with dogs, as they can exhaust themselves to please their owners. Cats? Not so much. The moment Fluffy gets tired, she’ll quit the game, and turn her attention to something else … likely either eating or finding her next napping spot.

Make It Routine

Kitties are definitely creatures of habit, and they tend to thrive on a set schedule. Try to play with your furry buddy at roughly the same time each day. After dinner but before bedtime is a good time.

Let Fluffy Win

Use a toy that you can control, like a wand toy or a laser pointer. Also, be sure to let Fluffy ‘catch’ her prey sometimes.

Choose A Safe Spot

Play with your feline pal on a soft surface. Carpet may be best, as your furball will be able to get better traction. Don’t play with Fluffy on beds, chairs, or sofas, or near stairs or other hazards.

Pick Senior-Friendly Toys

Your furry friend’s toy preferences may change as she ages. She may start preferring softer toys, or ones that light up or make noise. She may also lose interest in catnip: many senior cats are immune to it. Try a few different things, and see what Fluffy prefers.

Keep It Simple

Don’t expect Fluffy to pull off those crazy run/jump/pounce/roll/bounce combos she did when she was a kitten. Your furry pal may just make a few halfhearted swipes with her paw. That’s perfectly fine. Even a few minutes of playtime will benefit her.

Have Fun!

There are few things more adorable than frisky felines batting at their favorite toys. Don’t think of playing with your cat as a chore. It may be just as much fun for you as it is for Fluffy!

Please reach out to us, your Cameron Park, CA vet clinic, anytime. We are here to help!

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