Grooming Senior Cats

Cats may be self-grooming creatures, but they still need regular help from their pet parents in the form of regular brushing to keep loose hair under control and prevent it from being ingested.  As they get older and become less agile, many are no longer able to groom themselves properly and rely heavily on their pet parents to get the job done efficiently.

There’s a variety of grooming paraphernalia including deshedding tools designed specifically for long-haired and short-haired cats that will help to remove as much as 90 percent of dead hair. It’s really important to brush regularly to ensure that dead hair is not ingested resulting in hairballs. In severe cases, hairballs can actually result in an intestinal blockage.  Hairball relief products such as Sentry HC® Petromalt® Hairball Remedy, which comes in both malt and fish flavors can help keep prevent hairballs from forming. Squeeze about an inch of the tube’s content’s onto your cat’s front paw and let her lick it off. Functional treats such as Sentry HC® Petromalt® Hairball Treats, are an intestinal lubricant and also help relieve constipation and the dry cough and vomiting that comes with hairballs.

As part of your senior cat’s grooming routine, always check that litter is not caught between her toes.  It’s a good idea to give her weekly wipe down with a specially formulated cat wipe to remove excess dust and dirt from her fur. Start round the face and ears and work down the body and tail and finally the feet.

Consider your cat’s grooming routine as a wonderful way to spend quality time together.

 

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