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Grooming a Senior Cat
June 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 trouble bending and stretching, as they tend to be quite stiff and sore. This can make it hard for them to clean themselves as they age. Obesity can also be an factor. Plus, your kitty’s skin may produce more oil as she grows older, especially if she develops medical issues. You’ll need to brush your pet regularly to get that dead fur and dander out of her coat. A vet offers some advice on this below.

Be Gentle

Be very careful when brushing Fluffy. As mentioned above, senior cats can get very stiff and sore. Pulling too hard on knots can hurt her. Plus, older pets have thin skin that can rip easily.

Do It Regularly

If you have a longhaired kitty, you’ll likely need to brush her out daily. This will help keep her fur from forming mats, and can help prevent hairballs. Plus, it’s good for her circulation.


Does Fluffy sometimes get a dirty bottom? Use a damp washcloth or cat wipes to keep her fur clean. You can also trim her behind a bit, using blunt-end scissors.

Make It Fun

Fluffy’s beauty sessions will be more pleasant for both of you if she thinks she’s being pampered. Timing is very important here. Wait until the furball is feeling relaxed and cuddly. Incorporate pets, ear scritches, and treats, and talk to your fuzzy buddy gently in a relaxed tone of voice. Complimenting your pet won’t hurt, either. 

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.

Choose Proper Equipment

Wire brushes are great for dogs with thick double coats, but they’re really not suitable for older kitties, as they’re quite sharp. Use something softer instead. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Know When To Get Help

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


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

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