Question by STRAUSSIAN: How does cat behavior change as the cat gets older?
I don’t mean health problems, or anything of that sort.
As cats age, do their behavior patterns remain the same, or do they change over time? I’ve heard that some cats become more mellow and less aggressive when they are old. What other behavioral changes might there be?
Answer by cat lover
They do sleep more, but then how do you really recognize the difference between sleeping a lot and a lot of sleeping?
But seriously, it becomes a situation of “been there, done that”. My oldest cat is over 14 1/2, and has no interest in tracking falling leaves, while my younger cats will go after leaves that fall against the screens.
And in many ways, she watches my younger cats play, but isn’t interested in joining. But if she is chased by the younger ones, she can move quickly.
I guess I can consider my oldest cat more of an observer, while my younger cats more of a participant.
They do fall more into set patterns. Mine are all fixed, so I haven’t seen aggressiveness in the first place, so I can’t answer that question.
There perhaps is the biggest change around age three, when they transition from more typical kitten behavior to more adult behavior.
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