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Grooming a Senior Cat

May 1, 2021

Is your kitty in her golden years? If so, she may require a helping hand with her beauty routine. Just like humans, senior cats often have trouble bending and stretching. Obesity can also be an issue. This can make it hard for them to keep up as they grow older. Plus, the skin of many cats, particularly those with medical issues, tends to produce more oil as they age. You’ll need to brush Fluffy regularly to prevent painful mats and tangles. A Black Hills vet offers some advice on this below.


M  ake It Fun

Fluffy’s beauty sessions will be more pleasant for both of you if she thinks she’s being pampered. Timing is very important here. Wait until Fluffy is feeling particularly relaxed and cuddly. Incorporate pats, ear scritches, and treats, and talk to your kitty gently in a soothing tone of voice.


Do It Regularly

Grooming Fluffy regularly will help keep her fur from developing mats. It can also help prevent hairballs. Brushing your feline friend is always easier than trying to deal with fur that’s already tangled. If you have a longhaired cat, chances are you’ll need to brush her daily.


Be Gentle

Always be extremely careful when brushing an older cat. Due to age, Fluffy may be very stiff and sore. As such, pulling hard on tangles can hurt her. Plus, senior cats have very thin skin that can injure easily.


Choose Proper Equipment

Wire brushes may work great on dogs with double coats, but they’re not suitable for older kitties. Use something softer instead. Ask your Black Hills vet for recommendations.


Wipes

Does Fluffy sometimes get a dirty behind? You can use a damp washcloth or specially designed cat wipes to keep her clean. Your Black Hills vet can provide specific advice on this.


Know When To Get Help

If your feline pal’s fur ever gets extremely tangled or matted, you may need to bring her to a professional groomer. Fluffy may not be thrilled going to the salon, but her safety and wellbeing should trump her opinion. 


Pawdicures

F luffy’s claws will thicken as she grows older. As a result, she may also become more prone to getting caught on things. Make sure that your furry friend has a good scratching post or board that she can use regularly.


Regular Veterinary Care

Your furry buddy should see her vet regularly. Keep in mind that skin or coat issues can sometimes be indicative of other underlying health issues. 


Contact us, your Black Hills veterinary clinic, anytime. We are always here to help!

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