Other causes of vocalisation include dental pain, high blood pressure and kidney disease. 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.
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.
Signs Your Cat Could Be Dying
Oversleeping in the geriatric cat can also have medical roots. Any time a cat experiences illness or pain, she may retreat to hide this “vulnerability,” and spend more time sleeping. Arthritis is a common cause of pain as cats age. Cognitive dysfunction, which is similar to dementia in people, can affect cats.
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.
Older cats tend to be less active and playful, they may sleep more, gain or lose weight, and have trouble reaching their favorite places. Don’t chalk up health or behavior changes – often gradual – to old age, however.
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.
Dying cats will become withdrawn and irritable, unprovoked aggression may become more common, the cat’s appetite will change, and it’ll spend more time hiding or become clingy as it feels afraid. Heavy breathing, seizures, lower body temperatures, and an unkempt appearance are other signs.
Signs that your cat is in pain and may no longer have a good quality of life can include:
If your cat is ill, even if you don’t realize it, he will probably become very weak as his body tries to fight off whatever is ailing him. You may notice weakness particularly in your cat’s hind legs, and you also may notice him sleeping a great deal more than he usually does.
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.
It will hardly come as a surprise that senior cats sleep most of the day. Even at the peak of health, cats spend most of their day resting. As mentioned, you should expect an old cat to sleep as much as 20 hours a day.
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.
When the weather gets warmer, your cat will probably seek out cooler places to sleep, like a cool linoleum floor or a breezy bedroom. This behavior is normal and is part of how cats keep themselves comfortable.