Getting Your Senior Cat Moving

Pet Health and Safety  •   Pam Karkow  •   Aug 30, 2019

Watching our pets get older is tough.  Especially when your normally active kitty isn’t interested in chasing the laser pointer anymore or pouncing on the feathered wand.  But you do not have to sit on the sidelines and watch as your cat’s mobility declines.  By being proactive, you can set your fluffy senior citizen up for success.  Help him live his last years of life as happy and healthy as he possibly can, since your cat helps to keep you healthy and happy!

Keep Him Active

Try walking your cat on a leash.  Yes, you heard that right.  Many cats enjoy the smell of freshly cut grass and the sounds of birds chirping every bit as much as dogs.  Adding a leash walk to your routine can strengthen the bond between you and your cat, and provide him some much-needed exercise.  It will also give your cat something to look forward to, especially if you are at work much of the day. 

Adapt to Your Cat’s Age

It is important to make sure your house is a haven for your cat.  Many senior cats suffer from osteoarthritis and suffer from joint pain.  Often, these cats are unable to move the way they did as youngsters. The more you can do to help your senior cat maintain his independence, the happier he will be.  This may mean installing ramps or stairs that will allow him to climb to his favorite windowsill without having to jump.  Try the Aeromark International Pet Stairs to aid your cat in climbing up to high places.

Try a New Toy

You can teach an old cat new tricks!  Make your cat work for his dinner by presenting a portion of his food in a puzzle feeder.  The puzzle will slow him down and keep his mind sharp, as he works to dig out his food!  Try the Catit Senses Digger for Cats to activate your cat’s senses!

Add Variety

Install a bird feeder so your cat can watch the birds coming and going. Build a catio. Invest in a pet faucet, like the Veken Automatic Cat Fountain, so your cat can stay hydrated and entertained at the same time.  Surprise him by making time for one-on-one play and extra scratches behind the ears.  We get bored when life gets too predictable, and cats do too!

Enjoying the Golden Years

Whether it is osteoarthritis or simply aging that is slowing your cat down, there are some things you can try that will enhance your senior cat’s quality of life.  Just remember to keep life interesting, consider adopting a kitten or focus on helping your cat maintain some of his independence and you’ll be good to go.  Here’s to the golden years!

 

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Pam Karkow

Hi, I'm Pam. List maker, note taker, and avid reader. I'm married to my college sweetheart and we have three amazing kids, all of them boys. We also have one furry child, a golden retriever rescue dog. I have been blogging for PetPartners since 2015, and I love researching and writing tips about how to be a better pet parent. I spend most of my time sharing my adventures at lavenderandlaugh.com, where I share the ways I am learning to be a better wife and mom--to my two and four-legged children.