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An Older Cat, What’s Normal and What’s Not Normal?

Sunday, July 23, 2023
posted by Jim Murphy

Happy male veterinarian crouching next to the examination table and looking at the little cat lying on it. He is smiling and petting it.

Our cat Millie is 18 1/2 years old and is in pretty good health. When a cat gets older, they normally slow down. They may not be interested in chasing that ball across the room or jumping on furniture. How do you know whether or not your senior cat is ill? Here’s some guidelines. As they get older,expect a slowdown but ask yourself the following questions.

1. Is the cat losing weight?

2. Is he eating normally?

3. Does he drink enough each day?

4. Is he peeing and pooping normally each day. By “normally” I mean that the urine is a normal color and there is no blood mixed in. The stools should be firm and not contain any blood.

5. Is the cat making any unusual sounds?

If your cat appears normal and you don’t notice anything unusual, then probably your cat is doing fine. If you notice anything out of the ordinary, then I would get him checked by a vet.

Enjoy your senior cat. Keep them cool, comfortable and give them lots of love!

Remember, pets are family!

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