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Signs That The End May Be Near For Your Older Cat

Thursday, February 26, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

oldercatCats can live healthy lives into their late teens even early twenties. But there comes a time that your pet will begin to decline. You should be aware of the signs and be ready to make the right decision. Understanding your pet’s changing health will help you make her more comfortable toward the end and will give you an idea of what to expect as her final stage of life approaches. You should take an aging cat for regular check ups.

When cats are dying, they tend to seek out hiding places, sleep a great deal and even isolate themselves to some degree. It’s no reflection of your cat’s love for you, it’s just a natural tendency as she nears the end. Make sure that she is in a warm, comfortable place. Keep her water and food close at hand. You may even want to relocate her little box so she can reach it easily.

You may notice weight loss or that your cat is having trouble grooming herself. Brush her very gently. Stop if you notice that she’s in pain. Depending on her prognosis, it may be necessary to make a decision whether to euthanize her. This is a most difficult decision. If your cat is suffering and there is no hope, maybe it’s a good choice. Always consult your vet. My advice is that if there is absolutely nothing that can be done and your cat is suffering and only has days to live, it’s better to put her at peace sooner rather than later.

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