Cats are known for being playful and frisky, which definitely makes them lots of fun. Just watching a cat hard at play can be entertaining! Playing is actually quite beneficial for Fluffy, both mentally and physically. Senior cats still benefit from all of that running, jumping, and pouncing. However, you may need to change things up as your kitty ages. You’ll read a few helpful tips on playing with an older cat in this article from me, your local Marion, IA area veterinarian.

Make It Routine

Cats are very much creatures of habit. Fluffy tends to stick to pretty set schedules for all of her naps and mealtimes. Try to make playtime a part of your kitty’s everyday care regimen. The stability will help her feel safe and secure.

Keep The Same Schedule

Play with your feline pal at the same time every night. This is easy to do as you’re watching TV: just keep a few kitty toys on hand. 

Choose Safe Areas

Older cats can be a bit clumsy, and they’re more prone to slips and falls than their younger counterparts are. Pick soft areas with good traction. Don’t play with Fluffy near anything that could be dangerous, such as stairs, pools, or fireplaces.

Change Toys Out

As your furry friend gets older, she may start to prefer different types of toys. For instance, she may find toys that light up easier to track. Try new things, and see what she likes best.

Don’t Worry About Overdoing It

While dogs will push themselves to the brink of exhaustion and beyond to please their humans, cats aren’t quite that motivated. Fluffy will push herself to the brink of a yawn and then quit the game.

Don’t Play Favorites

Do you have more than one cat? You’ll need to be careful not to play favorites. That could spark kitty jealousy! If you have younger felines, tire them out with extra play sessions, ideally while your older cat is sleeping. You want to burn off their zoomies, so they’ll leave your senior in peace.

Enjoy The Purr

It really doesn’t take much to please our feline overlords. Even a few minutes of running, jumping, and pouncing may get your cat’s motor going!

Please contact me with any questions or concerns about your cat’s health or care. As your Marion, IA, area veterinarian, I’m here to help!