Adult cats tend to have more set sleeping schedules that average out at about 12 – 20 hours of sleep each day. Senior cats will tend to have less energy and reduced mobility which means they will sleep more than younger cats.
As cats become older, they also sleep more. This includes any sleeping, from deep sleep to cat naps to dozing. Older cats go out less, explore less and generally do less, giving them more time to rest and sleep.
The average adult cat may spend 16 to 18 hours per day sleeping. This is normal, but much of that sleeping is “catnapping.” A cat should respond quickly to usual stimuli, such as the owner walking into the room or cat food being prepared.
In recent years, feline ages and life-stages have been redefined, cats are considered to be elderly once they reach 11 years with senior cats defined as those aged between 11-14 years and super-senior cats 15 years and upwards. When caring for older cats it sometimes helps to appreciate their age in human terms.
She may become more vocal or develop more anxieties about change, strange people or new noises. She may show less interest in play, although she’s still willing to participate occasionally, and she is more likely to indulge in longer catnaps.
Signs Your Cat Could Be Dying
Cognitive dysfunction or disability As senior cats age, they’re more likely to become clingy. This could be a sign of cognitive dysfunction. Older cats may experience a range of symptoms, including loss of sight, hearing, balance and coordination.
Senior cats will tend to have less energy and reduced mobility which means they will sleep more than younger cats.
Indoor cats live on average 10-15 years, while outdoor cats live on average 2-5 years This handout is intended to help you sort out the pros and cons associated with each lifestyle so you can rest assured your cat will have both an enriched life and protection from environmental hazards.
Well-recognized causes of weight loss in old cats include chronic renal disease, diabetes mellitus, hyperthyroidism, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), exocrine pancreatic insufficiency, and dental problems. Dental disease can contribute to weight loss in senior cats.
Signs that your cat is in pain and may no longer have a good quality of life can include:
There is, unfortunately, no cure for dementia (FCDS) in cats, so any treatment your vet is likely to suggest will aim at slowing your precious pet’s cognitive decline down and making his/her life as comfortable and happy as possible, for as long as possible.
It is normal for cats to sleep a lot – up to 16 hours a day. But, it is normal for this sleep to be part of the rest, hunt, eat, groom, sleep cycle. If your cat is sleeping more than is normal, he/she may need more play/hunting stimulation during the day.
As cats age, they’re prone to developing an overactive thyroid and kidney disease, and either one may result in excessive meowing. Before you try to curb your cat’s excessive vocalizing, you need to determine the cause. Look at the circumstances around her meowing and make note of what seems to get her to stop.