It may sound like a silly question but I would bet most owners with older cats could recount multiple examples of ‘feline senility’. Some are funny, some are sad and some are just plain unpleasant. But as tempting as it is to be angry with your cat for, say, mistaking your bed for a litter tray, the truth is that more than 50% of cats over 15 years of age suffer from some degree of dementia, also known as Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome (CDS). Is your cat one of them?
Let’s start with a couple of questions to get you thinking:
1) Has your older cat started to urinate or defecate in inappropriate places?
2) Does your cat demand more attention that she used to?
3) Have you noticed your cat crying out more frequently, particularly at night?
4) Is your cat less adventurous than he used to be, preferring to stay close to home?
5) Is she behaving strangely – staring at walls, forgetting there is food in her dish or perhaps interacting differently with a housemate?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then your cat is in fact showing at least one of the signs of feline dementia or CDS….