What Are Signs of Aging? An older cat may exhibit the following signs: - Meows more frequently; - Avoids favorite resting place (and finds places to hide instead); - Misses or doesn't use litter box; - Doesn't come when called; - Changes sleeping or eating patterns; - Any change in behavior or health - acute or gradual - warrants a visit to your veterinarian without delay.
What wonderful advances veterinarian medicine,research, and our own treatment of cats have contributed to our cats longevity. In fact,the Cornell University article emphasizes how a cat is not considered "old" anymore at age 8. Knock that number up to 12 or 14 and you have a cat that is today considered older.
It is not all unusual for today's veterinarians to have quite a few "20 something" cats on their customer rosters.
Keep in mind that a decrease in appetite does appear as your cat gets older. If issues such as gum disease have been ruled out, consider dribbling a small amount of tuna or mackerel oil over your pets food. Sometimes an increased amount of "scent" stimulates the appetite when our cat no longer smells scents as well as he once did.~
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