How's she gonna eat it if she can't bend down to reach it?
September 14, 2013 2:43 PM Subscribe
Our 20 year old cat is having a really hard time with some functional issues in her golden years. We're running out of ideas. Help?
posted by mcbeth to pets & animals (11 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
We've rigged up some significantly raised food and water dish stands so she doesn't have to bow to reach the bowl, but because she's not particularly strong and has relatively few teeth she needs us to hold the bowl up at a 60ish% angle so she can press her tongue against the bowl to get the wet food scoopstuck to it. We bought a 4-step carpeted stairs thing from the pet store so she could get to her favorite place on the bed, which worked for a while but now the stairs have become too steep for her to feel safe/balanced climbing up on them, so she's not using them anymore either.
I've looked around online and cannot believe how few products there are for senior/special needs pets past the soft beds and the multivitamin supplements. I must not be using proper search terms or something... Can you please point me toward old cat independence help?
Specifically, we're trying to find:
- A low, wide litter box + a flat non-slip mat the litter box would sit on, without edges she won't be able to sees so she doesn't trip, and when she oopsies over the side it doesn't ruin carpet
- Tall tilted or adjustable-angle food and water bowls.
- VERY gently-angled non-slip ramps, bonus points if it has sides or edges to help her feel securely positioned.