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All about Buffy's senility [Jul. 16th, 2008|11:46 pm]
Douglas Spencer
Buffy is Mother's cat, a Maine Coon or close relative, and she's very very old.

Her lungs and heart still seem to work okay. Her liver still seems to work okay. Her digestion still seems to work okay, although she's only about two-thirds of her old fighting weight, and her teeth are okay. She still seems to be able to get up onto stools and chairs, and to get down off them afterwards. In fact, most of the things that seem to stop working in other cats still seem to be working in Buffy.

But she's totally deaf, and very nearly totally blind (although she can see food or furniture or people when they're close enough to block out the sunlight), and seems to be terribly confused most of the time. When she wants attention from someone, she'll stand in the middle of the room making "baah baah" noises like a sheep until someone comes and strokes her, at which point she'll forget whatever it was she was complaining about. And last time she had an anaesthetic it took days and days for the dopiness to clear.

But despite all that she seems to be relatively healthy... just deaf, and nearly blind, and confused, and very very old.

Very very very old.

[User Picture]From: frandowdsofa
2008-07-16 11:13 pm (UTC)
When our dog Belle was like that, she found her way round the house by leaning her head against a wall and rubbing along it until she found a door. We had to block up the cellarhead because she kept falling down the cellar steps, and she often ran into the fridge in the mistaken belief that it was an open door.
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[User Picture]From: frostfox
2008-07-17 06:53 am (UTC)
By the time Spookie was 21 he was clearly going senile. He'd get half way to the litter tray then stand there, wondering where he was going. He was mostly deaf and his eyesight was okay but not particularly good any more. Saddest was when he'd look at me and clearly didn't know who I was for a minute or two. You could tell he was deaf, the miaows got louder.
The less said about hid digestive tract, the better, just ask maeve_the_red

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[User Picture]From: purple_peril
2008-07-17 08:38 pm (UTC)
I should introduce her to veronica_milvus' cat Tigger, who, at 19, is a fine old gentleman.
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[User Picture]From: julia_winolj
2008-07-17 09:31 pm (UTC)
My cat Sally made it to 21 - however for the last 4 years of so she would climb laboriously into the litter tray and crouch to pee with all the appropriate bits outside - still, at least the litter tray stayed clean. When I asked her why she explained that those gravelly bits hurt her old paws...
My sister's cat played the "scarey cats outside - gotta poo on the carpet in front of you" game for a number of years. They've finally given in and got her a litter tray. Two days of pooh-less carpet. Now she's back to 50/50. My sister is not feeling very affectionate towards her at present for some reason.
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