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Grooming a Senior Cat

May 15, 2021

Is your cat in her golden years? If so, Fluffy might need a helping hand with her beauty routine. Senior cats often have trouble bending and stretching, as they can get quite stiff and sore. This can make it difficult for them to clean themselves as they age. Obesity can also be an issue. You’ll need to brush Fluffy regularly to get that dead fur and dander out of her coat. Plus, Fluffy’s skin will naturally produce more oil as she grows older, especially if she develops medical issues. This can make her look a bit greasy. In this article, a local vet offers some beauty tips for senior cats.

Make It Fun

Fluffy’s beauty sessions will be more pleasant for your both if she thinks she’s being pampered. Timing is very important here. Wait until your furry little diva is feeling relaxed and cuddly. Incorporate pets, ear scritches, and treats, and talk to your cute pet gently in a relaxed tone of voice. Try to get that little motor going!

Choose Proper Equipment

Wire brushes can work great on pets with double coats, but they’re not suitable for older kitties. They’re just too sharp. Use something softer instead. Ask your vet for recommendations.

Do It Regularly

If your feline pal has long hair, you’ll likely need to brush her coat daily. This will help keep that pretty fur from forming mats. It can also help prevent hairballs, which are no fun for either of you. Plus, it’s good for her circulation.

Be Gentle

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


Does Fluffy sometimes get a dirty rump? Use cat wipes or a damp washcloth to keep her fur clean. Ask your veterinarian for specific advice on this.

Regular Veterinary Care

Your kitty should see her vet regularly. Keep in mind that skin or coat issues can sometimes be indicative of underlying health issues. When you brush Fluffy, look for lumps, bumps, bruises, and other red flags.

Know When To Get Help

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


Your kitty’s claws will thicken as she grows older. She may also become more prone to getting caught on things. Make sure Fluffy has a good scratching post or board!

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