Environmental changes you can make at home for the senior cat
Identifying chronic pain in the older cat is not always easy. Cats are solitary survivors and can be very
secretive about demonstrating pain and discomfort. Look for changes in general behaviour, interactions
and activity levels. Are they eating less? Are they more grumpy than usual? Do their coats appear to
have more dandruff, or be dull looking? Cats who are too sore to adequately grooms often develop dry
lack lustre coats.
Some environmental changes you can make at home for a senior cat are;
Regular nail trimming helps maintain proper joint relationships and function.
The use of ramps or steps make it easier to climb on and off those favorite sleeping spots. There are lots
of cheap options on ebay.
Having padded, soft matts on sleeping areas helps protect those stiff bony joints.
By raising the food and water bowls, you will make it easier for cat with arthritis in the neck or
Add an extra litter box to reduce the distance between trays. This helps prevent unwanted accidents
and encourages regular use. Make sure the rims of the tray are not too high.
If you are unsure and worried that your cat may be in discomfort, feel free to contact your local Sydney
Animal Hospitals to discuss further.
Dr Angela Phillips
B.V.Sc. M.V.S. M.A.C.V.Sc
Director of Sydney Animal Hospitals Inner West