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November 23, 2013


How To Make Life Easier For Senior Pets Around the Home

As cats age, they are often no longer able to jump to access their favorite snooze zones around the house such as the bed and your favorite chair! This can be stressful, especially when there are other pets in the home that they may want to escape from for a little privacy.

The problem can easily be solves by placing pet steps and ramps around the house.
These days, there are many designs that will slot perfectly into the interior design of your home.

If you cat has a variety of different snooze zones, it may be a good idea to invest in steps made from heavy duty sponge, or corrugated cardboard which are firm enough for a cat to step on to comfortably, but light-weight enough for you to carry around the house so that she can keep you company in different rooms.

Train your cat to go up and down steps by placing treats on the steps and don't forget to offer lots of praise. Even a reluctant cat will get the hang of it – even if it takes a couple of weeks.

Having steps and ramps for elderly kitties empowers them and gives them back their independence.

Deafness in senior pets
One way of ascertaining if your senior cat is hard of hearing is if she no longer runs away from the vacuum cleaner or worries about the noisy garbage truck.

And elderly cat that is fast asleep will catch a fright if you suddenly pounce upon her from behind. So always approach from the front so that she can see you coming. If her eyes are shut tight, it may be a good idea to walk “heavily” so that she will pick up the vibrations of your movements, open her eyes and be aware that you are close by.

As your cat ages, it may be necessary to introduce her to different toys too. Since she may no longer be able to hear balls with bells or mice that squeak, consider introducing her to interactive games with wands and lasers. However, be careful never to shine the laser beam directly into her eyes. There are wonderful battery operated lasers such as the Frolicat and toys such as Mouse in the House that can be preset to go off so that your cat can play when she is home alone.

Cats that have an indoor lifestyle are not exposed to outside dangers such as traffic and predators. If your cat has been allowed outside, as she ages, these dangers increase because she will no longer be alerted by noises. Consider building a safe outdoor enclosure for her so that she can still enjoy the sunshine and watch butterflies and birds. Alternatively, keep her indoors and compensate her lifestyle with special feline DVD’s that feature mice, birds and other wild life to keep feline interest piqued.

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