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Helping the Older Kitty With Cognitive Decline

Serious cognitive decline in cats is relatively common, but it's not inevitable or even normal. Know the seven signs that suggest your cat may need a helping hand, including a wide range of helpful supplements. Plus, be aware of the four diseases that can spark behavior changes.

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STORY AT-A-GLANCE

  • Cognitive decline in older cats is common, but it isn’t inevitable if you know what to look for and arrange for early intervention
  • Classic signs of cognitive decline in kitties include increased vocalization, sleep/wake cycle disturbances, disorientation, and activity level changes
  • It’s important to make an appointment with your veterinarian if you see any of the signs; your vet will do a thorough workup to check for underlying diseases that may be causing your cat’s symptoms
  • There are many things you can do to prevent or forestall mental decline in your cat and ensure she remains happy and healthy throughout her golden years

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