5 Things Your Senior Cat Needs

If you have a senior cat, you may have noticed some changes in their behavior and health. To give your aging pet the best life possible, stock up on these items.

Courtney Elliott

Updated February 23, 2023 • Published February 22, 2023

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5 Things Your Senior Cat Needs

Felines aged 7 or older are considered senior pets, and often start requiring different levels of care and resources, from increased vet visits to special supplements.

If you have a cat in their senior years, you may have noticed changes in their health and behavior. Senior cats are prone to a range of conditions like hypothyroidism, periodontal disease, and arthritis. They may also start exhibiting odd behaviors like urinating outside the litter box or just acting less playful in general. Managing these conditions and behaviors not only requires the help of a trusted vet, but may also mean that you have to make some changes to your pet's lifestyle, and even inside your home.

For pet parents of senior cats, here are five items that can potentially make their life—and yours—a little bit easier.

5 things your senior cat needs

1. An orthopedic bed

As cats age, they can start experiencing joint pain and mobility issues, so it's important to have a bed made especially for these conditions. Choose an orthopedic bed that sits low to the ground and is easily accessible. An elevated bed with high sides all around the perimeter, for example, would make it more difficult for your feline to get inside. Cat parents may find that beds that are marketed for dogs actually work well for cats, too.

2. Pet stairs & ramps

Cat parents often marvel at their feline's ability to traverse any surface—from the tops of kitchen cabinets to the edges of bookshelves. Senior cats, however, may not be able to do these things anymore—and likely shouldn't if they're not in tip top physical shape.

Pet stairs and ramps can make it easier for your cat to snuggle up on their favorite part of the couch or get up to their cat tree.

3. Raised food & water bowls

Investing in raised and slanted food and water bowls can help prevent senior cats from straining their neck to eat and drink. Some are also designed to encourage cats to eat slowly, preventing indigestion and vomiting.

4. An accessible litter box

While some cats love when their litter box is creatively incorporated into a piece of furniture and getting inside is akin to an obstacle course, it's likely not appropriate for senior cats. Choose a litter box that has low entry so going in and out is easy for your elderly feline.

5. Age-appropriate toys

Perhaps the days of climbing up tall cat trees are slowly coming to an end, but you want to make sure your feline friend stays stimulated in their old age. There are plenty of toys and activities for senior cats that won't pose a fall or injury risk.

In addition to these items, make sure your cat is also on a vet-approved senior diet. If you have questions about diet or any other senior cat needs, the team at Pawp is here to help 24/7.

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