Taking over as chief groomer
There are all sorts of reasons why as your cat grows older, you'll start to play a more and more important role in caring for her (just like when she was a kitten). One thing cats take pride in doing regularly by themselves is indulging in their grooming routine. But however hard she tries, your older cat might not be able to maintain the same glossy, healthy coat as she once could.
Locks losing their lustre?
The quality of your cat's coat is all to do with her diet. She needs to get the right balance of nutrients for both internal and external health. Unfortunately, your older cat's digestion just won't be as efficient as it once was, which means she won't be able to absorb those nutrients as successfully. That's why it's so important you make sure she's on a suitable diet as she grows older, like the Whiskas® Senior range designed for senior cats’ specific needs.
Or has she lost the inclination?
A lack of nutrients may not be the problem. Senior cats sometimes just aren't as bothered as they once were about maintaining a healthy coat, so they may spend a lot less time on their once rigorous grooming routine. As a result, your cat's skin could become flaky and her coat could show signs of grey or white hairs developing.
All you can do to help is to take over the role of groomer (if you haven't already!). Getting into a regular grooming routine will help keep her fur shiny and healthy, and her skin soft. Just be sure to treat her delicately as those bones aren't as strong and powerful as they used to be!