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Adopting A Senior Cat

May 1, 2023
May is Adopt A Specially-Abled Pet Month. This awareness campaign is geared at helping animals with physical disabilities, such as vision or hearing impairments, get adopted. However, many older kitties also fall under this umbrella. Cats often develop hearing, vision, and/or cognitive issues as they age, just as people do. A local Columbia, MD vet discusses giving Fluffy a great retirement in this article.   


  Senior cats can be pretty purrfect pets. For one thing, they’re often very easy keepers: Fluffy will spend most of her time sleeping. Older kitties also tend to be calmer and less destructive than their younger kin. Your feline pal will still need toys and scratching posts, but she probably won’t knock all of your potted plants over. There’s also just a lot to be said for helping that one sweet furball live the rest of her days in love, peace, and comfort. Helping animals is a very rewarding and beautiful experience, one that often leaves us with paw prints all over our hearts. 


  Although we think senior cats are pretty purrfect pets, they may not be the best match for every household. For instance, Fluffy may not be right for someone who wants a playful, frisky feline. You’ll also need to consider your other household pets. Another potential downside to consider is the fact that you may not have as much time with your furry pal as you’d like. However, that can actually be a benefit to some: it just depends on your situation and long-term goals and plans.  


  Going to a new home is a big deal for Fluffy. It’s important for things to go smoothly as she adjusts and settles in. Making your home safe and comfy for your furry retiree is a big part of that. Look for senior-friendly items when choosing things like litterboxes and furniture. Pick things that will be easy for your feline buddy to get in and out of. You’ll also want to give your kitty time to settle in slowly. Offer a comfy safe space, and just let her relax. A trip to the vet is definitely in order, but aside from that, just let your new buddy get used to her new kingdom. Senior cat purrs are truly precious!    Do you have questions or concerns about your pet’s health or care? Contact us, your Columbia, MD animal clinic, today! 

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