We’re used to cats being graceful and defying gravity. But as they age, mobility issues can affect a cat’s quality of life. That’s when an observant pet parent can make all the difference.
Older cats are prone to arthritis, and stiff painful joints need extra care. After your cat reaches 11 years or so, try to cut back on the need for stairs and consider using ramps so your buddy can reach his favorite resting spots. It also helps to add some lower perches that are easy to access. You’ll also want to ensure accessibility to litter boxes, resting areas, water bowls and food dishes. And remember—soft, thick bedding is a must to comfort achy joints.
At the same time, encourage your older cat to get moderate exercise by gently tossing treats or placing dry food around a room. Physical activity will help her mental well-being, too.