Cats age just like every living being; they undergo changes both external and internal which unfortunately gets weaker in time. Just like us humans, cats experience a decline in their cognitive abilities as they age. For those with worse cases of deterioration, there is a diagnosed health issue called cognitive dysfunction system (CDS) for cats or commonly known as cat dementia.
Feline Senile Dementia
Dementia influences a cat’s memory, learning, awareness, responsiveness and even personality. This cognitive deterioration usually starts when a cat is around 12 years old. Cats this age start to exhibit weird behaviors or being “unlike themselves” but it doesn’t automatically mean they have dementia. Naturally, just as how behaviors and inclination of old people change, cats go through the same. The worrisome diagnosis of cat dementia however typically affect felines 15 years old and above; the cognitive decline at that point would become more severe and apparent and reportedly, 50% of cats develop dementia.
Signs/Symptoms of Cat Dementia
If you want to make sure that your cat has or has no dementia, this list of signs or symptoms can be your primary basis.
- Excessive Meowing
- Lack of Self Grooming
- Increased irritability and restlessness
- Avoiding interaction
- Loss of Litter Training
- Decreased or increased appetite
Should your feline bud start exhibiting all or many of the behavior listed above, it’s time to consult with your vet. This is especially important for senior cats. It should also be noted that cat dementia is often associated with other health problems so cat owners should become more attentive to their cats’ needs to avoid fatal scenarios.
Cat dementia treatment
The sad truth is that there is no treatment for cognitive decline, specifically for cat dementia. As such, cat owners need to prepare prevention over treatment. When a cat is still growing, make sure you keep your kitty healthy with good diet and lifestyle. As for those cats already diagnosed with it, the best thing cat parents can do is to support their kitty and help maintain its well-being. Feline senile dementia will not only be difficult for a cat but also for its human family or guardian. So, please do consult with a trusted vet that can help in order to prepare and handle this situation better.