Ageing Issues

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  • My 13 year old Cat is exhibiting odd kneading behavior
    My 13 year old cat is exhibiting odd behavior. He will jump on me to lay down on my stomach or chest (normal for him) and will start kneading. He keeps kneading and lowers his hind quarters into a crouch almost like he is going to defecate (though he never has) and continues to knead. He won't lay down and relax. If I try to touch his hindquarters to encourage him to lay down, he cries out and jumps off me. He does have hyperthyroidism and takes 5 mg of methimazole twice per day. He doesn'
  • My cat is a unregulated diabetic with numerous problems
    Our 15 y/o DSH NM diabetic recently had a bout of severe pancreatitis and hepatic lipidosis. Hospitilazed for 5 days, feeding tube inserted. Home with clavamox, baytril, prednisone, pepcid, carafate. Seemed to be doing much better. Today blood work BUN 67. Seems like renal failure? My question is this something we can overcome or are we fighting a losing battle? He's been a difficult to regulate cat for almost 3 years
  • My sixteen year old cat keeps getting sick after she eats
    my sixteen year old cat keeps getting sick after she eats, at first I thought it was only when she was eating food with fish , I stopped giving her the fish and it seemed to get better for awhile,now its almost daily, is their anything I can try, without a trip to the vet?,as money is very tight!
  • What can we give our cat (16) for arithritis?
    Can we give our cat something to ease the pain or help her move with less pain. Aspirin or other??? thanks
  • My female dog of 11 years. her back end is going out
    do i need to be worried and take to vet? hi there, my dog is female and 11 years old. her back end is going, but just lately she seems to be walking on her knuckles at the back. she doesn't appear in pain at all though, just a little unsteady.
  • My 15 year old cat seems to have trouble walking
    Hi, About a month ago my cat seemed to have balance problems and was leaving blood from his penis whenever he sat down, I took him to the vets and they gave him antibiotics and did several blood tests on him. The blood tests came back clear and after the shot and the medication he seemed to get better. He lost weight over the last 6 months or so, but not drastically. Today he has woken up and he seems to have trouble walking. His left leg seems very weak, but he doesn't cry if I touch it.
  • 16 yr old cat who is vomiting and has diarrhea?
    Approximately 2 months ago periodically I began finding mucousy, bloody diarrhea and vomit that was mostly fluid with very little matter in it. I finally determined it was my oldest cat (16 years). I took her to my vet who surmised a thyroid issue, but the blood work came back negative. My vet says her blood work is remarkably good for a cat of her age. What else should I be looking at? She also lost 1/2 lb. this past year. Her appetite appears normal. She seems to vomit shortly after eating.
  • Old cat pooping with blood behind curtains
    Our 15 year old cat is pooping behind the full length curtains in our bedroom, and I have seen what looks like blood in her poop. She seems happy and healthy, but she is getting old. We give her lots of attention and love but we're not sure what to do. Any advice would be greatly appreciated
  • Geriatric cat with urination issues
    I have a 16 year old neutered male cat, that for the past 2 years has been urinating on my kitchen counters, and bathroom floor. He has his own litterbox, since we also have two 5 year old female cats who are mostly outdoor kitties. Mostly this happens when we leave for the weekend, but not always. He has a clean bill of health other than a slight heart murmur, that the vet assures me is normal for his age. Do you have any idea why he would do this? Or how to stop it?!
  • Older cat behavior and bowel movement changing?
    0ur cat is 14 years old. She is starting to meow a lot more and now her bowls are running. What could this be? Is it just about getting old?
  • What age are cats spraying?
    I have 2 cats that are 5 months old, one is a boy and th4e other is a girl and i wanted to know what age do they start spraying?
  • 13 year old cat weight loss. Is it serious?
    I have a 13 year old male cat who has always have been kind of laid back, but for the past few weeks I noticed a lot of weight loss, even though he eats daily, and he does not want to get out of under my daughter's bed. He only comes out to eat early morning and goes back under her bed. I'm really worried, what should I do?

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