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Adopting a Senior Cat

Did you know that November is Adopt A Senior Cat Month? This is a wonderful cause, and one that we are happy to support! Senior cats are very cute and lovable, but they have a hard time competing with kittens when it comes to getting adopted. If you’re ready to adopt a kitty, please consider giving an older furball a great retirement. In this article, a Folsom, CA vet discusses adopting a senior cat.

Why Adopt An Older Pet?

There are some really great benefits to adopting senior pets. Just like people, kitties tend to slow down as they age. While kittens are very rambunctious, and need quite a bit of playtime and supervision, a sweet senior furball will spend her time napping, sunbathing, and generally looking adorable. Another good thing about getting an older cat is that most adoptable senior felines are already spayed or neutered. Plus, you’ll be saving a life, and giving that one lucky cat a second chance!

Helping Fluffy Settle In

Being in a shelter can be very scary for a kitty! Give your cat plenty of time to recuperate and settle in. We recommend setting up a quiet back room, such as a spare bedroom, with bedding, toys, treats, food, a litterbox, and kitty furniture. That way, Fluffy will have a nice, comfy place to relax and adjust. If you have other pets, make introductions slowly and carefully, over the course of several days. Ask your vet for more information.

Purrs and Snuggles

Senior cat purrs are truly precious, but it may take some time to get that little motor going. Don’t force attention on your cat: just focus on offering her good food, a clean litterbox, and, of course, proper veterinary care. Toys, treats, and playtime will help win your pet’s trust. If your furball seems nervous, make sure she has a hiding spot in every room, whether it’s a pet tent, a cat tower with an enclosed level, or just a spot under the bed. Pet ramps or stairs will help Fluffy climb to her favorite perches. Finally, pay attention to your kitty: talk to her, pet her, and offer her lots of ear scritches. Your feline friend will have that cute smug look on her face before you know it!

Do you have questions about adopting a senior cat? Contact us, your Folsom, CA pet hospital, anytime!

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