As your cat ages, you'll want to make sure she is not only healthy, but also as comfortable as possible. Here are some simple ways to improve her quality of life in her later years:
- Cut down on change. Cats' innate love of familiarity and routine grows stronger as they age. Physical frailty and weakening senses can add to their discomfort with changes. Some ways to do this: -- Stick to a routine for feedings and play sessions. -- Avoid introducing new people or animals to the household. -- Minimize the number of unfamiliar situations to which your cat is exposed.
- Keep her indoors. Outdoor living is particularly stressful for older cats, as their diminished senses make them more vulnerable to danger and their aging bodies have trouble adjusting to changes in temperature.