Aging is a fact of life for all of us, including our beloved feline family members. Cats between 7 and 9 years old are considered senior cats; once our cats reach this life stage, there are certain needs we must look out for. As cats age they may develop arthritis or other mobility issues, so you’ll need to make sure they have easy access to necessities like food, water, beds, litter and scratchers. They also need things to keep them active, both mentally and physically. But meeting your senior cat’s needs doesn’t mean giving up on good design; catification is all about providing for your cat’s needs to climb, perch, rest and play without compromising the beauty of your home or your own personal style.
If you have a senior cat, or if you’re thinking about adopting one, make the most of the golden years and enjoy this special time together. Here are some simple ways to "catify" your home and help keep your older feline happy and healthy.
Pet stairs can make reaching the bed or sofa a little easier for your senior cat. They come in a variety of styles, and some even fold for storage when not in use. Look for stairs that have carpeting or sisal on the treads to help prevent slipping.
Senior cats can have difficulty navigating slippery surfaces,
so consider adding a nonslip mat anywhere your cat might try to climb.
Sisal mats with nonslip backing are perfect for window sills and chair seats. You can buy sisal rug remnants and cut them to the exact size you need.
An elevated feeding dish can make mealtime
more pleasant for your senior cat. With her food at just the right height, she won’t have to
bend over to eat, which can hurt cats with neck or back problems.
A heated cat bed can provide welcome relief for senior cats,
especially those with arthritis. Heated cat beds come in a variety of shapes
and sizes, and some have orthopedic foam cushions for extra comfort and support.
Your senior cat may not be as physically active as when she was
younger, but she still needs mental stimulation as part of her daily routine.
Consider playing a video for her while you’re away.
"Cat Sitter" videos are filled with images and sounds from nature, including birds,
mice, fish and other entertaining critters.
Vetstreet.com delivers advice from veterinarians, trainers and pet experts who are dedicated to giving you the most trusted, authoritative information for keeping pets healthy and happy. Our Find A Vet service connects you with leading veterinarians in your area. Launched in 2011, Vetstreet.com features veterinarian-reviewed medical advice and has quickly become one of the top animal health and lifestyle sites on the web. See more.