Cats Get Older Too
With good veterinary care, an indoor lifestyle, cooperative genes and a pinch of luck, cats can sometimes live to the age of twenty years or more. Aging, however, brings with it both physical and behavioral changes which, if ignored, may challenge even the most well-meaning of human companions.
As cats grow old, their bodies change internally as well as externally. Almost all body systems are affected by aging. Lifelong activity leads to joint inflammation or osteoarthritis, which can stiffen and slow cats as it does humans. Important physiological functions taken for granted over the course of a decade may start to slow or malfunction. Kidney disease is a common affliction of old cats, as is hyperthyroidism (an oversecretion of thyroid hormone due to cancer of the thyroid gland). Each of the senses deteriorates eventually, leading to