Senior Cat Care

Is your kitty a senior? Although the average lifespan of the housecat is about 13 to 17 years, it isn’t uncommon for cats to live into their 20’s or even longer. Read on for some advice from a Lexington, KY veterinarian on keeping an older cat happy and purring.


As your furball ages, she’ll be more interested in working on her napping skills than her pouncing skills. Offer her lots of comfy beds and napping spots. Fluffy may also appreciate having pet ramps or stairs. In summer, she may enjoy a kitty hammock. You can also aim a fan at or above her bed to help keep her cooler.


We always recommend keeping cats inside. This goes double for senior cats. Fluffy will be more sensitive to temperature extremes. She also won’t be as quick or agile as she once was, and may not be able to escape predators or other hazards. Plus, there’s also the possibility that she could forget how to get home!


Look for a litterbox made specifically for senior cats. These are often easier older kitties to get in and out of. If your home has more than one floor, keep extras on every story, so your feline friend doesn’t have to use the stairs as much.

Veterinary Care

Proper veterinary care is important for all cats, but it’s absolutely crucial for kitties in their golden years. Your vet may recommend more frequent appointments, especially if Fluffy develops medical issues. Follow your vet’s recommended appointment schedule.


Fluffy may get quite stiff and sore as she ages, and may find it difficult to groom herself. Give your furry friend a helping hand by brushing her regularly. This is also a good way to spend time with your kitty, and just make her feel loved.


No matter how old Fluffy gets, she’ll always be a kitten at heart. Take time to hold a laser pointer or wand toy for your kitty to pounce on. This will be good for her both mentally and physically. Plus, it’s cute to watch!


Pay lots of attention to your feline pal! Making sure that Fluffy feels loved, safe, and comfortable will go a long way towards keeping that little motor going.

Please contact us, your local Lexington, KY pet hospital for all of your senior cat’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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