Grooming essentials for your older cat....

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bengal_cat.jpgAs your cat gets older, he may not have the same energy as he had when he was younger. Usually what this means for older cats is that they neglect to groom themselves as well as they used to. Here are a few things that you can do to help your older cat stay well groomed:

  • Daily brushing of your senior cat's teeth is essential. Bacteria from the teeth and gums can enter your cat's blood stream and actually damage vital organs. If you can't brush your cat's teeth every day, a couple of times a week is still better than none. I would strongly urge you to visit your vet and get some ideas on how you can keep your cat's teeth clean.
  • Older cats tend not to scratch their scratching posts as much as they used to. Take the time to clip your cat's nails every week.
  • It's a good idea to brush your older cat's fur at least once a week. This will not only keep your cat looking and feeling better, it will more importantly alert you to any bumps, bare spots or any other general oddities that you may have not noticed before. If you notice something on your cat's scalp that isn't normal, you should take him to the vet as soon as possible.
  • Over the next few days, I'll be posting some other tips for taking care of your older cat. If you have any ideas or recommendations on how to take care of an older cat, feel free to comment below and give us your ideas.

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