9 Ways To Make Your Old Cat Feel Young
Give your cat a leg up.
Help your older gal get up on the bed (or reach her chosen windowsill perch) with a special staircase that lets her reach her favourite places. Nighttime snuggles await! Check out Armarkat for truly beautiful staircases designed to give your cat a leg up!
Get your freak on!
Help your super senior rediscover kittenhood with a new toy! All cats love the Da Purr Peller with its enticing feathers, and you can't go wrong with the NekoFlies series of absolutely terrific wand toys (picture: find it at nekoflies.com)!
Treats, treats, treats!
Your older cat deserves to be spoiled every now and then and some special treats are just the ticket! Bonus if these treats do double duty in the health department. Limited-ingredient freeze-dried treats from Redbarn are great for cats with potential allergies, and the irresistible salmon flavour and shape will have your cat chomping at the bit.
Next level catnaps!
Your older cat deserves a super-comfy place to lie down, and an orthopedic bed that’s easy on achy joints, like Bowsers Oslo Ortho bed, makes for dreamy catnaps. The memory foam cushion is infused with Cool Gel Micro Beads that cradle joints and regulate body temperature, and the scooped front allows easy access for older, arthritic pets.
Stop the spread.
Aging cats need fewer calories because of their decreased activity level, so a specially formulated food for seniors is a smart choice to keep the pounds off—carrying extra weight is responsible for a whole host of health problems. If your senior is experiencing particular health problems, some brands have food specially formulated to offer joint support, urinary tract support, and adjusted protein levels to suit your older cat's needs. Try Snappy Tom's Ultimates Nutrition Plus Senior, made with fine tuna flakes and garden greens. Specifically formulated for an aging and sensitive digestive system, they provide protein and antioxidants to support a healthy immune system.
Stop food theft.
If you have a multi-cat home and your senior has a special diet, you’re going to want the SureFlap microchip pet feeder. It prevents food theft ensuring prescription food is eaten by the right cat. The sealed bowl only opens for the correct cat (recognized by a microchip collar, included), plus it keeps food fresh, and reduces pests and odours.
Engage that brain!
Keep your cat's mind active and engaged with a window perch, like the innovative Window Kitty ($50). This unique cat window-seat gives your cat a fun play tunnel that offers a stimulating view while protecting your window blinds and your privacy. Bird watching has never been so simple!
Keep those joints happy.
Older cats often experience joint pain, and that pain can hinder their nighttime runabouts. Though identifying your cat's joint pain can prove difficult (they are notoriously good at hiding it), studies show that around two-thirds (!) of cats over twelve have degenerative joint disease. Signs of joint pain include reluctance to move, reduced activity, altered grooming, and a change in temperament. Providing a joint supplement designed to support and sustain joint health and function is a good way to help your cats stay active. We like Cosequin from Nutramax, which contains Glucosamine Hydrochloride and Chondroitin Sulfate to promote joint health. (If your cat is inactive, no longer maintaining her diligent grooming, and reluctant to be touched, it’s time for a vet check-up!)
Keep things interesting.
Add new fun items to your cat's home by signing her up for a monthly subscription box like Meowbox! What could be more fun for you both than handpicked toys and treats, delivered right to Mr. Mittens' door? $23 dollars a month gets you four to six items, perfect for one or more cats, shipping included!