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Common Problems with Senior Cats

Sunday, July 18, 2021
posted by Jim Murphy

Our cat Atlantis is nearing 18 years old and is showing real signs of aging. Although we are over pampering him and giving him all of the love and care possible, there are still signs that his age is taking over.  Hillspet,com has put together some problems that can develop with  senior cats. How many boxes are checked off for you?

Aging cat issues are often similar to those faced by humans. Older cats are susceptible to such problems as arthritis, obesity, vision and hearing problems and dementia, as well as a host of diseases such as diabetes, cancer, kidney or liver disease and thyroid problems. Aging cats are susceptible to dental issues like gum disease and feline tooth resorption, a disease in which teeth dissolve at the roots. Here are some signs that your cat might be experiencing one of these common senior cat problems:


  • Difficulty or reluctance to try jumping or climbing
  • Changes in weight
  • Strange lumps or bumps
  • Failing to use the litter box
  • Appetite loss
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Incontinence or lack of urination
  • Lethargy or listlessness
  • Forgetfulness
  • Excessive meowing, yowling, or other vocalizations
  • Runny nose or eyes
  • Cloudy eyes
  • Bumping into objects
  • Pawing at her eyes
  • Excessive blinking

Be there for your senior cat, he really needs you!

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