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Grooming a Senior Cat

May 15, 2021

Is your feline buddy in her golden years? If so, Fluffy may need a helping hand with her beauty routine. Senior cats often have a hard time bending and stretching, which can make it hard for them to clean themselves. Obesity can also be an issue. Plus, your cat’s skin may produce more oil as she grows older, especially if she develops medical issues. You’ll need to brush Fluffy regularly to remove the dead fur and dander from her coat. A local vet offers some advice on this below.

Do It Regularly

If you have a longhaired kitty, you’ll likely need to brush your furry little diva daily. This will help keep her hair from forming mats. It can also help prevent hairballs, which are just as unpleasant for Fluffy as they are for you. It’s also good for her circulation.

Choose Proper Equipment

Wire brushes may work great on dogs with double coats, but they can be too sharpfor older kitties. Use something softer instead. Ask your vet for recommendations.


Cats’ claws thicken as they grow older. Fluffy may also become more prone to getting caught on things. Make sure that your furry friend has a good scratching post or board!

Be Gentle

Be extremely careful when brushing an older cat. Senior cats have very thin skin that can rip easily. Plus, Fluffy may be very stiff and sore. Pulling too hard on knots can hurt her.


Does your cat sometimes get a dirty rump? You can use a damp washcloth or cat wipes to keep her fur clean. Ask your vet for specific advice on this.

Make It Fun

Fluffy’s beauty sessions will be more pleasant for both of you if your furry friend thinks she’s being pampered. Timing is very important here. Wait until Fluffy is feeling relaxed and cuddly. Incorporate pets, ear scritches, and treats, and talk to her gently. Your goal is to get that motor going!

Know When To Get Help

If your kitty ever gets extremely tangled or matted, you may need to bring her to a groomer. Fluffy may not be thrilled about going to the salon, but her safety and well-being should trump her opinion.

Regular Veterinary Care

Fluffy should see her vet regularly. Keep in mind that skin or coat issues can sometimes be indicative of underlying health issues. Use the time to discreetly inspect your pet!

Please contact us, your local veterinary clinic in Carlisle, ON, anytime. We are always here to help!

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