One of my cats has been behaving strangely recently. He's always been quite thick an unusual cat but for the last month or so he's been getting weirder.
The first thing that happened was that he started struggling with the cat flap. Not physically, it just looked like he'd forgotten how to use it. He was scrabbling away for ages. He's cracked it again now though.
Also he's become more of a lap cat after years of sitting on his own. His brother has started doing it too though, so maybe that's just down to cold weather.
And the last thing is that he's started sleeping in funny places. He has his own bed, access to ours and the DDs' beds, and we have an enormous sofa but he keeps sleeping in the middle of the floor or on the kitchen floor which is tiled. He's started sleeping more deeply as well.
There aren't any physical symptoms and he's eating fine. He's a 10 yo neutered male and has never had any health complaints, other than being a bit slow.
I've read about cat dementia but he's only 10. Any ideas? Thanks
He's not too young to be having a neurological problem or two depending on his constitution but it doesn't sound bad so far. (When you live with an animal, you tend to notice very small changes in their behaviour but they may not be a disaster.)
I'd just keep a weather eye on him and make sure that his physical health continues to be good. When is he due for a check up at the vet's next?
Oh - and maybe get a litter tray or two in for nighttime/alternative use as a pre-emptive strike. If you don't already have one on the go.
Oh dear, he's getting weirder He's scrabbling at cupboard doors trying to get in (don't think there are any mice, his brother is the hunter so would have noticed first). He's still eating OK but just wandering round being odd. DH is wondering if we should take him to the vet.
Does his eyesight seem ok? My cat was quite a bit older (16) but started to behave a bit weirdly last year, we put it down to him being contrary but the poor thing was going blind He is on treatment now for high blood pressure and has adapted fairly well to poor eyesight but I do wish we'd gone to the vet sooner
He'd also had overactive thyroid the previous year and had been lying on the laminate/tiled floors a lot, we think it was because his body temperature was higher due to the thyroid problem, and the floors were cooler for him
I'd definitely get him checked over by the vet, good luck.
He always sounds distressed, he's half Burmese so he's got one of those loud oriental yowls
I'll try and get him to play, he usually just looks confused if I do that though. I wonder if maybe he's been hit on the head by something? It's happened quite suddenly. Do cats get concussion (probably a stupid question)?
for eyesight - my cat started to have difficulty finding his food, we would put it down and he would still stand there miaowing for it, and he was always getting under our feet Also he found it harder to judge distances e.g. he fell off the sofa once, & he stopped going outside (he used to adore going out in the evenings and would jump up & run along all of the nearby walls, now of course he can't do that any more )
Just been to the vets because he stopped eating and lost a lot of weight and they've found a massive tumour in his stomach I've dropped him off at the animal hospital for an ultrasound to find out exactly where it is and then we'll have to decide what to do next. He did figure out the cat flap again and start behaving a bit more normally so this has come as a bit of a shock.
Thanks. Just brought him home from the vet. He's had a steroid injection to try and give him a bit of an appetite so we could have him back for the weekend, but she said the tumour was so bad there's nothing they can do. Absolutely dreading telling the DDs.
Thanks. He's eaten a salmon fillet and seems quite chipper. Still very thin though. We're going to tell the girls after the eldest is back from her skating lesson. We didn't want to tell them too soon, but also wanted to give them time to say goodbye. DH is going to pick up some play clay on the way home from skating so the DDs can take paw prints.
It can be rough when they've had a steroid injection because the effects can be (temporarily) almost miraculous and you start to think 'Oh maybe he's winning' - but they wear off pretty quickly I'm afraid.
I'm glad you and he are having a good weekend though.
Yes, the vet did say we could carry on with steroid injections but it may only buy him a couple of weeks so I decided that it wasn't worth the stress for him. In a way I'm really glad it's so sudden and hasn't involved lots of long, drawn-out treatment. He hasn't been in any pain and he'll be able to be PTS at home where he's happy. And his big brother is still with us so we'll get lots of furry cuddles!