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Q: Cat Turning 1-Yr Suddenly Acting like a Senior?

February 8, 2009 | By Davina T. | 5 answers | Expired: 2047 days ago

Cat Turning 1-Yr Suddenly Acting like a Senior?

My cat will be 1 at the end of this month. I just took him for a wellness checkup this past Tuesday (won some drawing), and he passed with flying colors. Since Wednesday though it's like he went into senior mode or decided he didn't want to do anything. He's stopped playing with my other cat and toys period and would rather just sit around and watch us go by. He doesn't even jump at the feather teaser anymore. He also sleeps and rests a lot more. He's still eating (but less), drinking, using the litter box, and grooming himself. He does seem tentative when it comes to jumping up on the sink or fridge like he used to and he does that kneading thing (with his paws) much more slowly. Every now and then, he'll show flashes of energy and run/walk around a bit, and he still shows "his" quirks: comes when he hears the treat cabinet open, comes when he hears a door open, walks across me on the bed at night -- just he does them much slower. I took him back to the doctor Friday and both the doctor & nurse chalked it up to him transitioning to being an adult. The doc said she didn't recommend anything at this time. Am I just a paranoid pet parent? Should I just let him ride this out?

update: He is an indoor-only cat and hasn't had any shots/vaccinations recently.

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Diane W.
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Feb 08, 2009

I'd find another Vet and start from the beginning. Did your cat get vaccinations? Sometimes they won't feel good for a couple of days but I wouldn't wait much longer to have him tested for other illnesses out there.

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Diane L.
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Feb 08, 2009

The first thing that I thought while I was reading your question was, "I wonder if he got any vaccinations recently?" Does he go outside? Could he have been exposed to something either outside or at the vet's office? This does seem like unusual behavior for a 1 year old cat. If you can't get any satisfactory explanation from the vet I would seriously consider getting a second opinion.

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Stevecat511
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Feb 08, 2009

The first thing I would ask if there have been any changes in your home? If not, take the advice or your vet and try not to worry so much. Taking him to the vet may have even been a reason for him acting differently. You didn't mention whether he got shots or not and if he did, that would be my guess. My cat is older and has slowed down a great deal but there are times when he's like a little kitten prancing around the house and acting just plain silly. I would say that if within the next week or two he doesn't seem right, check back with the vet. That is unless he stops eating alltogether, then I would go sooner. Hope this helps to ease your concern. Good luck!

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Dstrykr
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Feb 08, 2009

I am sorry that I can not help figure out what is going on with your cat, but I will tell you from lots and lots of experience that if you think something is wrong...then something is wrong.

No matter what the vet says, you are the one who knows your cat the best. I would seek a second opinion.

There are many things that are not tested for or ruled out during a basic exam such as (just examples) Feline Infectious Peritonitises, Coccidiosis, Toxoplasmosis and hemorrhagic feline calicivirus (the new strain of the Calici virus).

As the owner of a 26 cats, I can tell you as well, this is not normal behavior for a one year old cat/kitten.

And finally, I will tell you straight up that I have come across some really stupid vets who don't deserve to practice medicine. Just because they are a vet, doesn't mean they are an expert. A 'license' doesn't automatically render someone intelligent.

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Amy H.
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Feb 08, 2009

Maybe he jumped on one of his legs wrong and hurt it. (Just like us when we trip or fall) Hopefully it will go away on its own. But I would keep an eye on him for a week and it if persists take him back to the vet.

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