Summer Care For Senior Cats

Summer is on the way! While our feline buddies love to bask in the sun, the heat can be hard on them. This goes double for older cats, as they have a harder time regulating their temperatures. Read on as a local Lexington, KY vet offers some advice on keeping Fluffy safe and sound this summer. 




Kitties are pretty diligent about keeping their coats clean and shiny. However, they have a harder time with this as they age, simply because they often get quite stiff and sore. Brushing your furry buddy regularly will go a long way towards keeping her comfy.


Keep Kitty In 


This is really great safety advice for any kitty: the outdoors is just too dangerous for Fluffy. Senior cats are at extra risk: they may not be fast or agile enough to escape potential threats, such as cars or stray animals. Keep in mind that many older pets also develop cognitive issues, just as human seniors do. Your feline friend could also possibly get confused or lost, and forget how to get home. 


Water Bowls 


Hydration is crucial for helping pets stay cool. (This is of particular importance here, as many cats develop kidney problems in their golden years.) Set out extra water stations, and get into the habit of checking and refilling them regularly. Fluffy may also appreciate a water fountain. You can also put some ice cubes into her bowl. 


Cool Treats 


Cats can be finicky about treats, so you may need to experiment a bit here. Frozen sodium-free broth cubes are a great option. You can also get your feline pal frozen squeeze treats or even some kitty ice cream!  


Cool Spots 


Fluffy is very, very good at getting comfortable. However, she may need some extra help in this area as well. Keep a few clean towels in the freezer to put on her bed. Another option is to just point a fan at or above your furry pal’s lounging spots. Of course, you may also find your furball sprawled out on the bathroom or kitchen floor, as those spots often stay cooler. (Fluffy will of course be right in the way, but that’s just purr for the course!) 


Do you have questions about caring for your feline buddy? Please feel free to contact us, your local Lexington, KY animal clinic, anytime. We’re always here to help! 

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