Question by Kevin: What are tell-tale signs that your cat’s mental health is deteriorating and when is it time to put her down?
My 14 1/2 year old cat is acting very strange for the last few months and I’m just wondering what signs and symptoms tell you that her cognitive functioning is impaired enough for euthanization?
Answer by Catkeypurr
You consult your vet!
Anytime your cat’s behavior changes it should be examined by your vet. Many, many times it’s something very simple.
It is not fair to simply write off different behavior to “old age”. Several of my senior cats have had behavior changes attributable to medical conditions.
One had developed a heart murmur & does really well on a once a day med that’s very inexpensive- she’s 16 now. My 18 year old developed vomiting problems due to an irritable bowel- she’s doing fabulous with some diet changes & an inexpensive med given every other day.
One of my old men was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism. Talk about some strange behavior changes- he started pacing & caterwauling like he was in pain! He only had about 6 more good months after that- didn’t tolerate the meds very well.
At that age they start to develop aches & pains due to arthritis. Very often some simple accommodations are very helpful. Maybe it’s time for a litterbox with lower sides or one on each floor because the stairs are more difficult.
Often a supplement for joints is very helpful.
My list could go on & on.
Anyways, by the way your question is worded I suspect your cat has some good time left. I honestly believe you’ll know when the time has come. Meantime, make a vet appointment, Dear.
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