Cats are really quite extraordinary little pets. They’re cute, they purr, and they sometimes like to bite or yell at us for fun. One thing that makes Fluffy so entertaining is the fact that she’s got such a playful, frisky purrsonality. Kitties are super cute when they’re hard at play! While your feline pal will slow down over time, she’ll still need activity and entertainment as she grows older. A Fayetteville, NC vet offers some advice on playing with an older kitty in this article.
Kitties are very much creatures of habit. If you pay attention, you’ll probably notice your furry little friend sticking to a pretty set kitty schedule for her meals, snuggle time, and, of course, those 43 daily naps. Try to play with Fluffy at the same time each night. You may be surprised at how quickly your little buddy comes to expect—and even demand—those nightly sessions.
When it comes to playing with senior dogs, we often caution people to be careful about not tiring Fido out. This isn’t an issue with cats. It’s no surprise what happens when Fluffy gets the least bit tired: naptime! Your furball may tap out after a few pounces. That’s purrfectly fine!
Older cats aren’t as agile as younger ones are, and they’re more liable to slip and fall. Play with your feline buddy in a safe spot. Preferably, you’ll want to choose a spot with good traction and a soft surface, such as a carpeted room.
By taking time to play with your furry friend every day, you’re not just entertaining her: you’re keeping her happy and healthy. The exercise and mental stimulation playing provides is great for Fluffy, both mentally and physically. Those cute pounces and jumps will keep her strong and fit, while the concentration she needs to time those ‘attacks’ provides beneficial mental stimulation. Give yourself a pat on the back! Finally, don’t be surprised if your cute pet acts super affectionate after her playtime. Our feline overlords know when we’re doing something to please or pamper them. (They sometimes thank us in odd ways, but that’s another topic.)
As your local Fayetteville, NC pet clinic, we are dedicated to offering great care. Please feel free to contact us for all of your senior kitty’s veterinary care needs.