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Grooming a Senior Cat

May 1, 2021

Is your feline buddy in her golden years? If so, she may need a helping hand with her beauty routine. Senior kitties often have a hard time bending and stretching. Obesity can also be an issue. This can make it hard for them to keep up with their beauty routines as they age. Plus, the skin of many cats, particularly those with medical issues, produces more oil as they grow older. You’ll need to brush Fluffy regularly to prevent painful snarls and mats. A veterinarian offers some advice on this below.


Make It Fun

Fluffy’s beauty sessions will be much easier on both of you if she thinks she’s being pampered. Timing is very important here. Wait until your furry friend is feeling relaxed and cuddly. Incorporate pets, ear scritches, compliments, and treats, and talk to her in a relaxed tone of voice.


Do It Regularly

Grooming Fluffy regularly will help keep her hair from getting tangled. It can also help prevent hairballs. Brushing your feline pal is always easier than trying to untangle matted fur. If you have a longhaired cat, you’ll likely need to brush her daily.


B  e Gentle

You’ll need to be extremely careful when brushing an older cat. Fluffy may be very stiff and sore. Pulling too hard on knots can hurt your cute pet. Plus, senior kitties have very thin skin, which can rip easily.


Choose Proper Equipment

Wire brushes can work great on dogs with double coats. However, these are not suitable for older kitties; they’re just too sharp. Use something softer instead. Ask your vet for recommendations.


Wipes

Does Fluffy sometimes get dirty rump? Use a damp washcloth or cat wipes to keep her clean. Ask your vet for specific advice on this.


Know When To Get Help

If Fluffy ever gets extremely tangled or matted, you may need to bring her to a professional groomer. Your furry pal may not be thrilled going to the salon, but her safety and well-being should trump her opinion. 


Pawdicures

Fluffy’s nails will thicken as she grows older. She may also become more prone to getting caught on things. Make sure that your furball has a good scratching post or board.


Regular Veterinary Care

Your fuzzy buddy should see her vet regularly. Keep in mind that skin or coat issues can sometimes be signs of underlying health issues. Contact your vet if you notice things like lumps, bumps, or lesions. 


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