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Senility in Cats

Friday, June 25, 2021
posted by Jim Murphy

Our AtlantisOur cat Atlantis is up there in age my guess is that he’s between 17 and 18. We’re not really sure because we adopted him from a neighbor who since has passed away.  Atlantis has several medical issues including Hyperthyroidism and Kidney disease. In addition to these issues he has become senile. Here are some signs of feline senility.

  • Vocalization (excessive crying or yowling), particularly at night.
  • Pacing, circling, wandering, getting stuck in a corner.
  • Change in sleep patterns, confusing days and nights.
  • Loss of responsiveness to known people—far-off, staring look.
  • Change in appetite.
  • Lethargy.
  • Forgetting where the litter box is or how to use it, resulting in house-soiling.
  • Personality changes—more irritable, less social.

Atlantis howls periodically throughout the day and is missing his litter box. He also has lots of digestive issues. The good news is that he’s in a very loving home. He’s well cared for and gets constant attention.

Unfortunately, there really isn’t anything we could do about feline senility. Love, comfort and attention are the best we could do with older feline friends.

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