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25 April 2007
This interesting article from the Morris Animal Foundation shares important information about the surprising prevalence of cognitive decline in cats. Since many members’ cats lose a leg at an advanced age, I think it’s important to read this so that you can keep cognitive decline symptoms in mind if your cat is having a challenging recovery.
Studies report that roughly 28% of cats aged 11 to 14 years and 50% of cats over 15 years of age suffer from serious cognitive decline. Some experts believe these numbers might actually underestimate the true number of cats suffering from significant mental decline. . . .
* Vocalization – increased/ unusual vocalization (especially at night)
* Interaction – altered interaction with owners and other household pets
* Sleep – altered sleep/wake cycle disturbances
* House soiling
* Disorientation or confusion
* Activity changes, such as aimless wandering
* Learning and memory lapses