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5 Things to Do When You Adopt a Senior Cat

November is a very special month for our furry friends: it’s Adopt A Senior Pet Month! This is a great cause, and one we are happy to spread awareness about. Older pets make fantastic animal companions, but they often have a hard time finding forever homes. If you’ve recently decided to bring a senior kitty into your home, you’re doing a truly wonderful thing. Read on as a local Carmel, IN vet lists some things to put on your to-do list.

Go Shopping

Before you bring your feline friend home, you’ll need to pick up some supplies for her. Your kitty will need toys, treats, food, dishes, a carrier, and, of course, a litterbox and litter. When picking out your furball’s litterbox, choose one with low sides, as it will be easier for Fluffy to get in and out of. You may also want to get pet ramps and/or some cat furniture.

Set Out Pet Beds

Senior cats are expert nappers. Fluffy may spend up to 20 hours a day snoozing! One of the best ways to pamper an older cat is to set out lots of comfy pet beds for her. Store-bought beds are great, but you can also just put pillows and blankets into wicker baskets or empty boxes. (Tip: you get bonus purrs for putting some of your kitty’s beds in places with sunbeam access and/or window views.)

Prepare Fluffy’s Room

Put all of your kitty’s things in a quiet back room at first. Fluffy may need some time to adjust to her new home, so she will appreciate having a safe, comfy place to just relax and settle in.

Schedule A Veterinary Appointment

A trip to the vet is definitely in order. It’s very important to have Fluffy thoroughly examined, so that any medical issues can be diagnosed and treated quickly. You’ll also want to make sure your kitty is spayed or neutered, microchipped, and current on her vaccines and parasite control. While you’re there, ask for advice on your furball’s dietary, activity, and care needs.

Get Your Camera Ready

Senior cats are super cute! Don’t forget to take lots of photos of your new feline buddy as she takes control of her new kingdom.

Do you have questions about senior cat care? Contact us! As your Carmel, IN animal clinic, we are here to help!

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