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How Do You Know That Your Cat is Getting Old?

Sunday, April 27, 2014
posted by Jim Murphy
She'll be turning 15 in August.!

She’ll be turning 15 in August.!

One thing that really stresses me out is knowing that my older cat Molly will be turning 15 this summer. In case you don’t know, Molly is extremely attached to me. In fact, she’s sitting and leaning on my computer as I type this. She doesn’t leave my side. We are the best of friends as we’ve been together for 15 years. I always look for signs that she’s aging. One thing that I did notice, she has slowed down and sleeps more. Are there other signs that a cat is aging? Not really. If she is healthy, she should still have a good appetite and she should have bright eyes and a shiny coat. Luckily Molly seems like she still is in good health. ┬áTake your senior cat in for a checkup a few times a year to rule out any possible problems.

If you notice any of the following symptoms, take your cat in for a checkup immediately.

  • Loss of appetite or weight.
  • Coughing, shortness of breath, or rapid, labored breathing.
  • Weakness or difficultly moving about.
  • Increased thirst and/or frequency of urination
  • Change in bowel function with constipation or diarrhea.
  • Bloody or purulent discharge from a body opening.
  • An increase in temperature, pulse, or breathing rate.
  • A growth or lump anywhere on the body.
  • Any unexplained change in behavior.

Remember, your pets count!

 

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