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Summer With Senior Cats
July 1, 2023

Is your feline buddy in her senior years? Fluffy will probably want to spend her retirement napping, and after spending years working hard at being adorable and getting into mischief, she’s earned the rest. However, she will be extra susceptible to weather extremes at this point in her life, so you’ll want to take some precautions to keep her happy, healthy, and safe in that sweltering summer heat. A Frederick, MD vet offers some advice on summertime kitty care in this article.

Keep Kitty Hydrated

When it gets really hot, it becomes extremely important to make sure your kitty always has clean water. You may want to get Fluffy a fountain: many cats prefer to drink running water. You can drop an ice cube into your furry buddy’s bowl when it’s really hot out. Or, offer her a bowl of chilled sodium-free broth. This is great for hydration, as it contains electrolytes. 

Comfy Spots

Our feline pals are very, very talented at getting comfortable. Offer Fluffy different options. Put a bed near a fan or air conditioner for her. You can also put a frozen towel in her bed.

Help With Grooming

Many older cats need a bit of help with their beauty routines. IThis is just because it gets harder for them to twist, bend, and stretch enough to properly clean themselves. Brushing your feline friend daily will get that dust, dead hair, and dander out of her coat. With longhaired kitties, it will also help prevent tangles. Use this time to gently check your furball’s condition.

Don’t Let Fluffy Roam

We can’t overstate how much safer cats are if they are kept indoors. This goes double for seniors. Not only are older pets slower and weaker than their younger counterparts, they may not see or hear potential dangers in time. Fluffy could also forget where she is, and not be able to find her way home.

Don’t Neglect Preventative Care

Parasites such as fleas, ticks, and heartworms, which are transmitted by mosquitoes, are out in droves at this time of year. These are dangerous to any kitty, but they are particularly problematic for seniors, as they just tend to have weaker immune systems and less stamina overall. Vaccines are also important. Follow your vet’s recommendations.

Do you have questions about your kitty’s health or care? Contact us, your local Frederick, MD pet clinic, today!