There is increasing awareness and knowledge about why and how to take care of our furry friends. Thus, we have managed to extend their life expectancy, which is around 20 years on average. This brings with it an increase in cases of senile dementia. In fact, Alzheimer’s in cats does not stop growing among the elderly.
It affects 30% of 11-year-old kittens and more than 50% of those over 15 years of age. In veterinary slang, senile dementia in cats is called Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome (CDS) . Although there is no cure, its treatment slows its progress and alleviates symptoms. Do you want to know more about this incurable pathology?
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More than just age-related decline
CDS constitutes a progressive degeneration of the central nervous system more severe than that caused by aging. Neurological injuries damage the cat’s perception, consciousness, learning and memory, and reduce vitality and quality of life. They begin to forget established routines and become overwhelmed, for example, by visits.
The symptoms of Alzheimer’s in cats are very varied and not all kittens manifest them in their entirety. However, disorientation, loss of interest in grooming, persistent meowing at night, and disturbed sleep patterns are unmistakable signs of feline senile dementia. Take note of the symptoms :
- The cat is stunned, with an absent gaze, it gets lost at home and wanders without knowing where it is and what to do.
- He sleeps more during the day and little at night. Nightly meows claim your attention because they don’t want to be alone.