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Adopting A Senior Cat

November 1, 2022
November is Adopt A Senior Pet Month! We’re happy to support this wonderful cause. There are many sweet and gentle cats in shelters that desperately need homes, but are passed over because they are approaching or already in their golden years. Why not give one of them a chance? A Spring Hill, TN vet discusses adopting an older kitty below.

Benefits

Kittens are almost impossibly adorable, but older cats are actually also super cute and charming, and tend to be very lovable and friendly. They’re also much calmer than baby cats. You won’t have to deal with Fluffy knocking her favorite toys down the hall in the middle of the night, or attacking your shoelaces as you’re cooking. That’s a definite plus! Older cats also require shorter commitments than kittens do.

Getting Set Up

Keep your feline friend’s age in mind as you go shopping. Pick things that were made specifically for senior cats. For instance, Fluffy will probably prefer a litterbox with low sides, as that will be easier for her to get in and out of. Your furry pal will also appreciate a soft bed … or five. If you get a cat tower or other ‘purrniture’, pick pieces that will be easy for her to get on and off.

Coming Home

Fluffy will need time to settle in. If possible, set her up in a quiet, private room at first. Provide all the kitty requisites, such as toys, a litterbox, and comfy beds. Give her time to relax and adjust to her new home. If you have other pets, make introductions slowly.

Veterinary Care

Bring Fluffy to the vet as soon as you can. A full nose-to-tail exam is definitely in order! It’s also important for you to get a good overall idea of your new furball’s overall health. Plus, this is a purrfect time to get some tips on your feline pal’s diet and care needs.

Purrs

Adopting an older cat is a wonderful act of kindness. You’ll be rewarded with cuddles, purrs, and unconditional kitty love, which are all pretty precious gifts in our book. Cats tend to become very fond of those who take care of them. It may not take Fluffy long to jump into your lap or start snuggling up with you at night! As your Spring Hill, TN animal clinic, we’re here to help! Call us anytime!
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