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Elderly cat has started sleeping outside...

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Jazzies · 20/09/2012 13:03

Is she ok?

She's always enjoyed laying out on the decking in the sunshine, but it hasn't been sunny or warm the last few days and she's curled up in the borders. If I bring her in she hangs around for a bit and then goes straight back out again. At this time of year she's normally on the sofa or a bed, or on one of her warm spots in the house. She's 18.

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Japple · 20/09/2012 13:27

As some of our elderly cats have done,when their Time to Pass grew Near-
perhaps kitty wants just a few more "Days in the Sun".They Always "Know"
when the Time is nearing, and they begin to want the Freedom to Choose just
Where they will Pass.Just writing this brings tears to my eyes,as we have seen
this behavior many times in our precious elderly Cats.Jill.

Wheresmycaffeinedrip · 20/09/2012 13:32

Think japple is right :( think she's " taking herself off" to pass. She's 18 that's amazing age for a cat. Would suggest u shower her with treats and love. so sad :(

Jazzies · 20/09/2012 13:52

Oh dear, this is what I feared Sad

She seems pretty ok in herself, still eating and purring, but sleeping outside when it's not sunny is defintely out of the norm for her.

Thank you for your help.

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Wheresmycaffeinedrip · 20/09/2012 14:04

Hope when it happens it's quiet and peaceful :( will be thinking of u x

out2lunch · 20/09/2012 14:06

both of mine do this all summer - they are not old
i didn't see them at all yesterday but one turned up at breakfast time

Jazzies · 20/09/2012 16:32

Mine used to spend all summer outside when they were young too. And my boy cat would occasionally disappear for a day or so while he was off exploring. My boy cat died of cancer a few years ago and since then my girl cat has spent most of her time indoors unless she was sunbathing. Unfortunately I think this is a little different as she's not stretched out in the sun, just curled up in the borders. I'm hoping she might just have a little virus or something so she's just a bit under the weather.

Thank you Wheresmycaffienedrip Sad x

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Fluffycloudland77 · 20/09/2012 18:11

Are you going to take her to the vet? we thought one of ours was just old and near his time but he had a parasite eating his red blood cells.

Mom wouldnt pay for vet treatment so I had to wait for my redundancy money to come through and take him myself. I think we left it too late.

Wheresmycaffeinedrip · 21/09/2012 09:53

How's your cat today ? X

devilinside · 21/09/2012 10:47

yes, this is what my elderly cat did when his kidneys were failing :( so sad

But, my other elderly cat just started behaving out of character (went and hid in a car engine), turned out she had a tummy bug and her glucose levels were dangerously low. After a course of antibiotics, she's fine

There is always hope

sleepymum50 · 21/09/2012 10:53

My cat started doing this when she had a thyroid problem - would sleep outside even when it was cold and raining (foreverygoing out with cardboard boxes and blankets).

She went on thyroid tablets and eventually had it removed and lasted a few years after that. I didn't know her age but the vet thought she was about 15 yrs when she died.

alistron1 · 22/09/2012 23:26

My old cat did this last year in the couple of days before he died. We couldn't keep him in. He was purring, eating, sleeping peacefully - but it wasn't his usual 'thing'. As Japple said, it's like he wanted some time in his favourite spots. We buried him where he spent his last couple of days - it's a spot that catches the sun and I like to think that he's nice and warm.

I hope though that your cat is just being a bugger and changing her routine on a feline whim!

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