Since my cat has gotten older, his behavior seems to be changing. Does this have to do with his age? Is it normal? – Johanna A.
Cats, just like people, can certainly start to show behavioral changes as they age. This may be a normal change in behavior or it may be a subtle sign of the beginning of an underlying disease process like kidney disease, liver disease, or any other multitude of diseases that older cats acquire. Nobody knows their cats better than you so I would take any behavioral changes seriously, especially in an older cat. I tend to recommend more frequent wellness exams in older cats. It would be a good idea to strive for a minimum of two yearly wellness exams in all cats that are older than 8 years old. The best treatment for any disease is prevention. Typically the earlier a disease is diagnosed, the better the chance is for being able to treat the disease more effectively and more efficiently.
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