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Is my cat still traumatised?

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Silvercatowner Sun 05-Jul-15 19:56:41

My cat is 16 and behaving oddly. He struggles to settle, demands attention and miaows a lot. We have Feliway all round the house but it doesn't seem to help. He is a rescue cat - he came to us aged 9 months. When he was around 3 we lost him - he was gone for 2 weeks. It turned out he was shut in a neighbours house for the 2 weeks - they had gone on holiday and had locked their cat flap outwards but not inwards (so their own cat could be caught easily, I presume). When he returned to us he was a mess and the vet said he would not have lasted much longer. I just wondered whether that experience could be responsible for the odd, clingy, needy behaviour we see now - or whether he is just a bit batty.

Tinfoiled Sun 05-Jul-15 20:01:09

Cats can develop a sort of feline dementia which can be displayed in the ways you are describing, it sounds more like that to me. But I would be inclined to get him checked out at the vets anyway.

cozietoesie Sun 05-Jul-15 22:47:22

That was 13 years ago, Silver - 13 years. I think it's far more likely to be some condition. I'd have him thoroughly checked at the vets including teeth and eyesight.

Let us know how it goes anyway.

Silvercatowner Mon 06-Jul-15 06:31:48

Thanks cozietosie - yes, I am aware it was 13 years ago, there is no need for the capitalisation.
Thanks Tinfoiled.

DulcetMoans Mon 06-Jul-15 06:40:18

Is this a change in his behaviour or has he always been clingy? Feline dementia can cause a change in behaviour as you have indicated (becoming needy) but if he has been like that for the 13 years then I would imagine that isn't this and it is just the way he is.

Are there any other changes? Appetite? Vocalisations? That can help identify a possible link to feline dementia.

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