It’s Adopt A Senior Pet Month! This is a wonderful cause, and one that definitely needs some attention. At any given time, there are plenty of sweet older cats in shelters, hoping someone will take them home and offer them love, ear scritches, and lap space. A local Hendersonville, NC vet discusses adopting an older kitty in this article.
While some things, like beds, are pretty much one-size-fits-all for our feline buddies, other things can and should be chosen with Fluffy’s age in mind. For instance, litterboxes with low sides are going to be easier for your furball to manage than regular ones. Your kitty may also appreciate cat furniture that is soft and comfy, and easy to get in and out of.
Older cats aren’t as frisky as kittens, but that doesn’t mean Fluffy won’t let her inner kitten out. She may also have a few quirks, such as a fondness for eating plants or even plastic. Put anything that isn’t safe in a spot that is well out of paws’ reach. Ask your vet for petproofing tips.
Going to a new home can be very scary and stressful for cats. Fluffy may have found herself a wonderful forever home, but it will take her some time to feel safe. If possible, put her things in a quiet room, so she can have a safe space to settle in.
Do you have other pets? Make introductions slowly. First impressions are a huge deal to kitties! Keep your furry pals separated at first, and let them get used to each other’s scents before letting them meet.
One of the first things you’ll want to do is take your kitty to meet her new doctor. Fluffy will need a full examination. Don’t be afraid to ask for tips on things like diet and grooming!
Our feline pals can be very loving and loyal, but that friendship really needs to develop on their terms. Don’t force attention on Fluffy: you’ll need to earn her trust. Giving her toys, treats, and catnip will help her start to bond with you. It’s also important to talk to your new furry friend in a friendly voice.
As your Hendersonville, NC animal clinic, we’re here for you! Contact us with any questions or concerns about your cat’s health or care.