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Q: Is my cat rebeling because he is getting old?

April 30, 2008 | By Crystal F. | 1 answer | Expired: 2166 days ago

Crystal F.

My cat Caesar is somewhere in the area of 9 or 10 yrs old. For years, he has loved the Friskies Hairball treats and now he won't touch them. The same goes for his catnip mouse. He used to love to roll on the ground and play with his mouse that you fill with catnip, but now... nothing.. Could it be that he is just aging and don't feel like it or do you think it could be something else?

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Jill R.
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Apr 30, 2008

As cats age, they become less interested in play. That may be the reason he's not very interested in playing with the toy mouse. A change of appetite can happen, just like with us, at any age... however, since cat's mask signs of illness until they are REALLY sick, it cold be a sign of an underlying disease process. Regardless, veterinarians recommend to have cats checked over at least once a year, especially when they are over 8 years of age. This way, they can be check out from nose to tail for problems. Aging cats commonly develop problems such as hyperthyroidism, kidney disease, heart disease, and periodontal disorders, so its good to keep an eye on their health status.

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