Senior Cat Ailments and Behaviors

Senior Cat Behavior and Ailments

Senior cats often been seen with common ailment that can lower their health. This can cause it to be less affectionate and more of being a loner. There are a few of sickness that you as diligent pet owner should notice. There are also senility in senior cats called Feline Cognitive Dysfunction. Signs of senility can be very vague and confusing, because it can mimic other disease or behavior conditions such as feline separation anxiety or petting aggression. This dysfunction usually happen when cat reach the age of fifteen.

These symptoms were once dismissed as a natural part of ageing, but feline cognitive deficiency is now recognized as a medical condition. However, because our felines are still part of the animal kingdom, the rule of “predator or prey” exists and cats will often hide any illness or discomfort so as to not appear vulnerable.

Affected senior cats typically seem to forget how to do normal activities. Such as:

1. Feline Cognitive Dysfunction

Disorientation

  • Wanders aimlessly
  • Does not recognized you or your family
  • Becomes lost inside the house
  • Confused a lot

Changes in Sleep Cycle

  • Awake and active at night
  • Sleep cycles are disrupted or reversed

Changes in Interaction

  • Avoid being petting
  • Does not like attention
  • No longer give greeting
  • Do not interact with other pets

Compulsive Behaviors

  • Yowls and cries for no discernible reason
  • Repetitive pacing
  • Licks the floor or objects
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Sadly, cognitive dysfunction in our pets can’t be cured. Some senior cats can be helped, at least temporarily, with drug therapy. There are also other diseases and ailments that you should be aware of. Chronic diseases often associated with aging can impair immune function even further. Dehydration, which is a side effect of certain illnesses that affect senior cats, reduces blood supply and immunity even more. In addition, an older cat’s skin is thinner and less elastic, has poor blood circulation, and is more susceptible to infection.

To help in the quest to keep our feline fur-kids happy and healthy in their senior years, here are some health issues common in older cats, and how to spot the signs:

2. Arthritis

Extremely common in senior cats, arthritis is a painful condition that can cause your pet to become less active, sleep more and appear unkempt because it hurts too much to groom. It typically impacts shoulders, hips, elbows, knees and ankles and your pet’s reluctance to be active should never be considered as just a normal sign of aging. While arthritis can’t be cured, it can be treated and once diagnosed your vet can prescribe a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to help with pain management.

3. Cancer

Senior cats can often be battling a number of diseases at the same time it can be difficult to immediately diagnose. While symptoms are specific to the type of cancer, they can include abnormal swelling that doesn’t go down, weight loss, difficulty eating or swallowing, difficulty breathing and sores that do not heal. Get your feline into your vet to get a proper diagnosis and to begin a program of treatment that will rid her of the disease or help her manage the pain.

4. High Blood Pressure

This health issue doesn’t just affect humans. Senior cats can suffer from high blood pressure and it can be serious if left untreated. It’s also known as hypertension and can affect your cat’s organs and cause a seizure, blindness, and other debilitating conditions. It often accompanies other diseases, so getting at the source is important. If your cat is diagnosed with high blood pressure, your veterinarian may recommend medication or a diet change or both.

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5. Kidney Disease

Kidney failure is the result of age or injury and means the organ is no longer filtering waste products from your cat’s urine but sending it into her blood stream. Symptoms can include weight loss, an increase in urine volume, bad breath and thirst. If caught early, your vet can prescribe a diet that is low in protein, sodium and phosphorus and includes Omega-3 fatty acids that can help slow the progress of this disease.

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