Can senior cats start hating their owners?

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Older cats are more reclusive. This behavior is a normal byproduct of aging. What bothers you-the owner- that you can distinctly feel your loved kitty moving away from you. It is time to reinforce the bonds which exist between you and your cat.

Stately kitty

Older cats are more sedate and less active than their younger counterparts. These changes can be caused by a number of reasons, like arthritis, hyperthyroidism, and dental disease. Dementia and other cognitive diseases can also be the cause of loss of affinity towards you. The list of symptoms of such diseases includes limited mobility, irritability, and discomfort. Dementia suffering cats could wander all day and frequently meow. The activity level of a senior cat will go down even if it's perfectly healthy. The big difference between their younger selves is that they do not want to play anymore. As an owner, you just have to make sure that they possess the ability to walk around. If your cat can do this, it is perfectly okay.

Caring and bonding

It could be a challenge to manage your senior cat's behavior. Experiment with multiple activities to find what makes it happy. The list of activities could range from quality grooming sessions to lazy lounging on the sofa. If your kitty loves food, hand feed it. Do not offer it excessive treats. Make the cat understand that you are someone who it should follow.You should check any abrupt change in the behavior of your cat. A few older cats become more dramatic as they age. They meow, try to bite, and squat. Others may not be as vocal and may exhibit discomfort. This will be manifested in changed litter box behavior. Eating habits may also change. Do take note of all changes. Take your kitty to a veterinarian as soon as possible.According to veterinarians many owners cannot connect the dots and think changes in behavior have nothing to do with age. The change, in reality, is a symptom of the underlying medical condition. It is recommended that senior cats should be taken to the vet every six months and not once a year as recommended for younger cats. Take the cat to the vet as quickly as possible if you notice any behavioral change. Do remember that every cat likes attention and on its own terms. Your kitty will make it clear when it has enough attention and also when it needs love.

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