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Grooming a Senior Cat
May 1, 2021

Is your felin e friend in her golden years? If so, Fluffy may need a helping hand with her beauty routine. Senior cats often have trouble bending and stretching, which can make it hard for them to reach their whole bodies when grooming themselves. Obesity can also be an issue. Plus, the skin of many cats, particularly those with medical issues, produces more oil as they grow older. This can make your pet’s coat a little greasy. A local vet offers some advice on this below.

M  ake It Fun

Fluffy’s beauty sessions will be easier for both of you if she knows she’s being pampered, rather than punished. Timing is very important. Wait until your cat is feeling relaxed and cuddly. You’ll also want to sweeten the deal a bit. Incorporate pets, ear scritches, and treats, and talk to your kitty gently in a relaxed tone of voice.

Do It Regularly

Grooming Fluffy regularly can also help prevent hairballs. If you have a longhaired cat, you’ll likely need to brush her daily, to keep her fur from forming mats. Those brushing sessions will be much easier than trying to get rid of tangles! 


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

Be Gentle

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

Choose Proper Equipment

Wire brushes can work great on dogs with double coats, but they’re not suitable for older kitties. Use a softer brush instead. Ask your vet for recommendations.


Does Fluffy sometimes get a dirty bottom? You can use a damp washcloth or cat wipes to keep your furry friend clean. Ask your vet for specific advice on this.

Know When To Get Help

If your feline pal’s coat ever gets extremely tangled or matted, you may need to bring her to a professional groomer. Your little buddy may not be thrilled 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. 

Contact us, your local veterinary clinic, anytime. We are always here to help!