Since our fur babies are an important part of our families, it’s helpful to find what keeps them healthy and happy during their older years. I came up with this idea for this post about the best senior cat products when I had friends reach out and ask me about the items and food we give our cats.
How am I qualified to talk about the best senior cat products? Even though I’m not a veterinarian, we have had our two senior kitties for 7+ years, and with my biology and medical background as a dentist, I know a thing or two. Besides, a good friend is one who shares with others the tricks they know.
While not all of these products are for senior cats only, they are things that we purchase and have found to help with both of our senior kitties.
Insider tip: We drove 900 miles with these two kitties when we moved to Arizona 2 years ago. I wrote an entire post about our experience and what made it successful.
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Meet Monkey and Spookie
First, let me introduce our two rescued senior kitties. And yes, I decorate their collars with cute bows and flowers (found here on Amazon). Both kitties we rescued when living in Denver, and came with the names they have.
The two cats do not like each other and are hardly ever seen in the same vicinity. That’s exactly why I loved the featured photo so much with both of them looking out their big-screen television.
Funny story: Our tuxedo cat tends to hiss at Monkey from time to time. We also say, “More purring, less hissing”
On the left is Monkey. We rescued her after we put down our other kitty over 9 years ago. They told us she was 12 at the time, which would make her 21 years old now. Rob will tell you she is the sweetest kitty ever, but she can be an instigator at times. And she’s definitely a daddy’s girl.
We think she is a Maine Coon mix because of her incredible loud singing at 4 in the morning. In fact, my latest quip to her is to tell her to use her “inside voice”. She’s not as large as most Maine Coons, weighing in at just under 10 pounds lately.
When we rescued her, she was already declawed. Her fur is that very thick fur that gets matted easily.
On the right is Spookie. When we retired, I decided I wanted a kitty that was a mama’s girl. So we found this tuxedo kitty and she is definitely a rascal. They told us she was over 8 when we rescued her and that was 8 years ago, so she would be over 16 now.
Spookie used to love to go outside, so we bought her a harness and leash until she ate something she shouldn’t have and became deathly sick.
In fact, whatever she ate caused kidney damage so that we had to take her for subcutaneous injections at the vet for an entire year (we call her our million-dollar kitty). Needless to say, that was 7 years ago and she has been healthy since.
The Best Cat Scratcher
Number one for my best senior cat products isn’t just for older cats. It’s this particular cat scratcher.
Our Spookie girl absolutely loves these kinds of cat scratcher blocks. And while we appreciate her scratching on it instead of the furniture, they can wear out very fast and be incredibly messy with all of the small pieces that fall off.
We don’t hang ours up like is shown on the front of the package, but just lay it on the floor instead.
What’s so special about this particular cat scratcher?? This brand has lasted so much longer (6-10 months) and doesn’t have all of the mess like the others we’ve purchased. And for under $5 on Amazon, it’s a great deal.
Our pet babies are no different than us in that the food we eat has a huge impact on our health and well-being. Ever since Spookie had her kidney issues, we are very particular about the food we feed them. We actually read the ingredients and try to make sure the first 6 ingredients are recognizable (and not byproducts).
Some days we joke that we spend just as much on their food as ours!
In the last couple of months, we signed up with Chewy to have our wet food, dry food, treats, and cat supplements automatically sent to us monthly. This has been particularly helpful when the stores have had empty shelves lately.
A couple of the more healthy brands we buy for the wet food are Blue Buffalo, Tiki Cat, Scrumptious from Scratch, and Reveal (which only has 2 ingredients but is not always easy to find on Chewy).
We do give them dry cat food also, and the two brands are Acana and Blue Buffalo, and both from Chewy.
Supplements for Senior Cats
Does it seem silly to give our senior kitties supplements? They work for us so why not for our cats? Pets can be so tough because they can’t verbalize that they are in pain.
We started out with the Cosequin (from Chewys) for Monkey because she was having a hard time getting up from her bed. Once we noticed Spookie having issues, we then gave it to her too. Rob opens the capsules and sprinkles the powder on their food instead of trying to make her swallow it.
Just 2 years ago, Spookie started losing the fur on the back of her legs and tail. Our vet said she could possibly be in pain (or have allergies) and was pulling it out. That’s when we added in this homeopathic remedy for joints and muscles that helps both cats and dogs from PureFormulas. It is a liquid that Rob adds to their treats. This helped her immediately and we’ve continued it since.
Another joint liquid is hyaluronic acid that is given to them daily also. We do alternate between the Liquid-Vet and the other joint supplements from time to time.
Salmon oil is an oil that is added to their food to help with their coat and skin. Since we live in a desert, it’s dry even for the cat’s skin.
Best Senior Cat Products: Clippers
Our Monkey girl gets so many mats in her fur. Even though we try to brush her weekly (and we use the Furminator found here on Amazon), it’s a never-ending battle. Besides, she isn’t always happy when we use the Furminator when there are mats in her fur.
We asked the vet why she gets so many mats lately and was told it’s because she’s losing her flexibility and can’t groom herself as well as she used to.
That’s when we decided to buy some clippers to help. Having those mats in her fur seemed to hurt her so much, so we researched many brands and ended up getting these off Amazon.
We watched many YouTube videos before attempting to use the clippers on her. Many articles said to leave it to a professional, but with both of us, and only doing a small amount at a time, we ended up being very successful. Also, Monkey was a trooper when we did it since the clippers were not super loud, and I bet it felt good to get the mats out.
The Last Thing About the Best Senoir Cat Products
The last thing I’ll discuss is not a product per se, but it’s been a lifesaver to us with our senior cats. We use a mobile vet for the cats now that we live here. It’s absolutely wonderful that they come to the house, so we don’t have to crate up the cats and hear them cry all the way to the office.
The vet and her technician come with their supplies and we usually have them set up in the guest bathroom. (You can view our guest bathroom here, as it’s not very big). They put a mat over the sink and will check and weigh each of the kitties.
Since both cats are very old, we don’t have them take blood or give them rabies shots anymore since they are inside only kitties.
If there is a prescription or something needed, we have been able to purchase it right away from the mobile vet. I’m sure the cost is a tad higher for the overall mobile vet service, but we have found it to be well worth it.
Our particular mobile vet even will provide in-home euthanasia when the time comes. If that isn’t peace of mind, then I don’t know what is.
Insider tip: How would you find your own mobile vet? Just google “mobile vet near me”.
BTW, we also LOVE our cat litter furniture that you can see on each side of the kitties. The larger one (found on Amazon here) houses the bag of extra kitty litter and the shovel. Then the smaller one (found here) is on the other side.
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