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photo: Courtesy Van Ness Litter Pans
photo: Courtesy Van Ness Litter Pans

Litter box location is of prime importance for your cat to use it successfully. But as your cat ages, you may have to re-look the location because problems associated with age may make your cat avoid the litter box. For example, if the box is kept in a basement, mobility issues may prevent your kitty from descending the basement stairs to get to the box, or, getting into the box at all. If you think about it in human terms, would you expect your 96-year-old grandmother to go up and down to the basement several times a day to go to the toilet? Thus consider repositioning the box on the level in the home your cat lives on the most.

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Mani-pedis are really important for both dogs and cats. If left unattended, nails can grow into the skin. Not only is this painful but it also makes walking extremely difficult. If you struggle to trim nails, both a groomer or the vet’s office can help. Some adoption agencies offer free nail trims for life. So be sure to ask when you adopt.

A nice cat scratching post will also help keep nails in good shape.