Why senior cats need special handling

“A retrospective study revealed that 22 percent of cats over 1 year old and 90 percent of cats over 12 years old had radiographic evidence of degenerative joint disease.” This is why I use plenty of towels when I groom a senior cat.  They rest on soft surfaces. If they’re not heavy, I even supportContinue reading “Why senior cats need special handling”

Arthritis in older cats & grooming matted seniors

Imagine what it would be like if a hairdresser pulled on your grandmother’s arms and legs while doing her hair.  Would your grandmother be happy or upset?  Would you feel good about the situation, or would you feel worried? Grooming the older, matted cat poses challenges which are distinct from the challenges involved in groomingContinue reading “Arthritis in older cats & grooming matted seniors”

What happens if you don’t trim cat claws?

The claws grow longer and longer, eventually becoming long enough to get snagged on furniture — or on you. Ouch. For some cats, things get much worse. I’ve seen cats with claws embedded in their paw pads. It happens more often than you’d think. The most common scenario is an old cat living with anContinue reading “What happens if you don’t trim cat claws?”