Cats, like humans, may develop Cat Dementia disease with age, also known as cognitive dysfunction syndrome. This phenomenon is not uncommon. Many cats of different breeds will have Cat Dementia disease when they are old. As a result, symptoms such as memory loss and can’t find the way. However, if Cat Dementia disease is discovered in time, it can be temporarily improved by medications and nutrition.
Signs of Cat Dementia
1. Barking or make strange noises: Each cat will talk in various ways. Some cats make a purr noise, others meowing. But the characteristics of cats with Cat Dementia disease are not just simple meowing, but barking or other sounds you haven’t heard before. Cats with this symptom seem to be troubled by something, and this behavior is more common at night. If your cat has recently started making loud calls or calls you have never heard before, it may be because it has pain caused by arthritis or somewhere in the body, or it may be related to hyperthyroidism. If you are sure that your cat does not have the above causes, then it is likely to have Cat Dementia disease.
2. Don’t remember how to use cat litter box anymore: Cats with Cat Dementia disease may lead it to forget the position of cat potty that has been in use or even how to use it, due to lack of memory. But there are many reasons for not using the cat litter box. Perhaps it is stress, it may be caused by other diseases, or it is simply disgusting the cat potty that is currently used (generally not). If your cat has started shit and peeing around recently, it’s best to give it a check.
3. Behavior change: Cats like to keep their bodies clean, and they spend a lot of time on cleaning themselves every day. If your cat no longer cares about its cleanliness, it is possible that it has Cat Dementia. It may also be a sign of other diseases.
4. Restlessness (especially at night): Cat Dementia causes cats to lose their sense of direction and find no way. Disoriented cats are prone to anxiety and may even confuse day and night. It will cause cat with abnormal energy at night and even wakes you up often.
5. Drowsiness: If your cat’s recent sleep time has become significantly longer, it may be a decline in cognitive ability caused by Cat Dementia. For example, it may not remember the daily meal time and continue to sleep, or forget the time you go home without picking you up at the door.
6. The temper becomes irritable: You may start to notice that your cat no longer responds to your calls as usual. It no longer seems to feel that you are a member of the family, and you may no longer be an old friend he knows well in its eyes.
7. Decreased appetite: If your cat has no appetite lately, even its favorite food. It may be that your cat has forgotten to eat, this situation is very serious and should be consulted in time. In addition, cats who has not eaten for a long time are prone to cirrhosis.
Can Cat Dementia be Treated?
Remember to rule out the cause of the disease before diagnosing whether your cat has Cat Dementia. For example, the urinary system and other issues.
Unfortunately, Cat Dementia in cats cannot be cured. However, symptoms can be alleviated by medication and nutritional therapy. For example, Selegiline Hydrochloride (brand name: Anipryl) is approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of cognitive impairment in dogs. It has been found that this medicine can also treat some cats with Cat Dementia.
But according to the survey, even after taking this medicine, about one-third of the cats have no effect. The other one-third of the cats have improved their behavioral problems: for example, they can remember the bowl they eat, and they can find their way and no longer wander around.
The last one-third of the cats almost completely returned to normal after taking this medication, their appetite returned to normal, they remembered how to use the cat litter box, and once again recognized their owners. However, these are only temporary. According to the survey, all cats taking secondary medicine will eventually lose their efficacy and return to dementia in some weeks, some months or one year.
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