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3 Things Every Senior Should Know about Care for a Cat at Home

Home Care in North Canton OH

Caring for a cat may not seem like a complicated thing, but it can be, especially for elderly individuals who may be having difficulty tending to their own basic care. June is Adopt a Cat Month, which makes Home Care in North Canton OHthis an optimal time to discuss three things every senior should know about caring for this type of furry animal.

1. Cats may seem independent, but they need attention.

For the most part, cats have a tendency to come across as aloof, unconcerned about human companionship, and quite independent. All cats, whether they prefer staying inside or outside, will require human interaction.  Cats are domesticated which means they rely on human care for their own livelihood. Before making the decision to adopt, seniors should really think about whether or not they have the desire or time to spend time with their furry friend.

2. The litter box should be cleaned out regularly.

Far too many people have a tendency to ignore the litter box and only clean it once a week. This is not only unsanitary and unhealthy, it’s also unfair to the animal. Just consider what it might be like to use a bathroom that hasn’t been cleaned or toilet that has been flushed in days or even an entire week. It’s not something most people would find appealing.  The seniors’ ability to kneel down and clean out the litter box should also be considered before adopting.

3. Cats can get sick too.

Like humans, cats require vaccinations and regular medical check-ups.  They can also get sick, just like humans. Seniors who no longer drive or who may have difficulty carrying the cat in a carrier will also want to consider this aspect of feline care.

Family members, friends, and even neighbors might be able to help from time to time, but an experienced in-home care provider hired through a local agency could be the best asset in helping them take care of this beloved four-legged friend.

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring professional home care services in North Canton, OH, call the caring staff at Rather Be Home Senior Care at (330) 915-4575 today!

Deidre Scott, Founder

Owner, Founder at Rather Be Home Senior Care
Deidre Scott is the founder of Rather Be Home and has always found her passion in the health and well-being of others. Shortly after receiving her bachelor's degree she worked for Bristol Myers-Squibb as a cardiovascular representative. Her specialties included blood pressure, diabetes and cholesterol. She then worked 15 years with Procter & Gamble where she educated Veterinarians on how nutrition could help nutritionally manage various disease states such as kidney failure, colitis and diabetes in cats and dogs. During that time she pursued her education further and received her MBA.

She founded Rather Be Home in 2014 after seeing the tribulations her friends were having with their aging parents. Hard decisions need to be made and no one knows where to go for help. Having lived with her grandparents most of her childhood and helping her grandma care for her grandpa it just seemed natural to open a home care business. Deidre is also a certified instructor for CPR/First Aid & AED through the American Red Cross and a State Tested Nurse Aide registered through the Ohio Department of Health. Currently she is undergoing classes to become a Certified Senior Advisor. She sets rigorous standards for her company as well as the caregivers she employs.