Anyone with experience with Senility/Dementia in Cats?
I've got a cat who is turning 17 this year - he's the oldest cat I've shared my life with. He's slowed down a bit. He has trouble jumping onto the bed (so I put a chair next to the bed. He can make it into the chair and from the chair into the bed). He's matted as he can't groom himself well, but I am working on the mats (he isn't crazy about being brushed or trimmed and I have to work in very short sessions to avoid being bitten).
He's been seen by a vet not long ago and we had blood work done to make sure all was as well as it could be for an older kitty-boy.
But lately he's been acting somewhat senile. He gets 'lost' in the house and sometimes doesn't seem to know where he is. He yowls and wails. This morning he was convinced that he needed to climb up to the ceiling and kept staring at a spot on the ceiling. Then he went into a corner of the room and scratched at the walls. And then he went under my desk and seemed quite perturbed that the wall was in his way.
I will, of course, be talking to our vet about this, too. But I was wondering if anyone has dealt with something similar in a cat before - and how you helped them with it?
Sleeping in the liter box
My 19 and 1/2 year old has been found sleeping in the litterbox lately. When I pull her out, she looks surprized. She has also developed some sort of scratching mania, where she will nearly fall over scratching. It isn't fleas, I am sure it is dementia. But I agree with two dogs, I don't really want to put her to sleep until she loses interest in her food, which she has definately not done.
Originally Posted by Chall