Growing old gracefully
Older cats often benefit from small changes to your home. These little things can make a big difference to your cat's quality of life and help them cope with any aches and pains they are experiencing.
Beds suitable for elderly cats
Older cats will appreciate having a variety of cosy, well-padded beds in safe, warm places that are easy to reach. If your cat likes sleeping somewhere high, help them climb up by providing a ramp or a stool. Hammock-style radiator beds are especially warm, which older cats may appreciate.
Your senior cat may find it difficult to look after their coat. Gentle grooming will help keep their skin healthy and provides valuable bonding time. Stroking a cat is a great de-stressor and may lower your blood pressure.
Older cats can still be playful. And a little exercise is beneficial for their mental and physical health. Use toys that are unlikely to intimidate them, such as a feather attached to a string that you slowly move past them. Experiment with different toys to see what captures their attention. Any interaction - even just watching - provides useful stimulation.
Cats love routines. This is even more true as cats get older, when they appreciate familiarity and predictability, such as being fed at the same time. Avoid moving furniture if possible so the home environment remains familiar and easy to navigate.
Water and food bowls
Place water and food bowls in a few different easy-to-reach spots around your home, both upstairs and downstairs, so your cat doesn't have to struggle with stairs just to eat and drink. Ask your vet about a suitable diet for your older cat.