Sudden Caution in Older Cat

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by Rick & Linda (Medford, OR)

Skunk

Skunk

Our cat, Skunk, is an outdoor country cat. She has always been an excellent hunter and pretty much the “queen bee” around the other cats and dogs. She comes indoors often and sleeps on the bed when its cooler outside. An all around wonderful cat.Recently, and quite suddenly, she pauses and inspects EVERYTHING that is low and close around her before moving on cautiously. Going in and out of doors, just an all around EXTREME caution when she approaches anything.At first we thought it might be her sight, but she seems to see just fine find her food, us when we call her, etc. So, I don’t think it’s a vision problem.Do older cats lose their senses and sensibility with age?Skunk is in good health, and we would just like to know what is going on. Has anybody experienced anything similar?Rick & Linda

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same thing happening to my cat by: Anonymous I was shocked to read your post – the exact same thing has happened to our cat. He’s only 6 years old and is an indoor/outdoor cat. He seemed to be getting into a lot of scrapes with other cats (coming back home with scratches and such) and most recently has started showing extremely strange behavior. He’s very cautious when going outside, or coming in, takes a long time to smell everything around him before moving and is even slow to snuggle up in his favorite sleeping spot. I wonder if maybe he’s been recently traumatized by a fight or something…any thoughts?


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she most likely has vision problems. by: Anonymous Unfortunately, it seems that Skunk is most likely losing her vision. The fact that she comes when you call her means her hearing is still sharp, and the fact she can find her food means her sense of smell is still just fine.My husband’s parents has a cat, Cricket who went through the same thing. The sweet darling is just getting older and losing vision gradually. The good news is, most likely her hearing and sense of smell with improve to make up for this.


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Tiffany by: Anonymous Thanks for your input, Tiffany. You may be right because over 18 months ago, when we moved to our new home, Skunk became dis-oriented and went missing for about 10 days in a pretty severe snow storm for this area. We found her quite a ways off under a neighbors deck and she has stayed around here ever since. Perhaps this strange behavior started way back then. We can’t be sure.Anyway, I left this detail out of my original story so as not to corrupt anyone’s opinions. I guess it is possible that this stress has caused some long term problems with Skunk that manifests as “extreme caution”.Anyway, thank you for your input.


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Losing Senses? by: Tiffany Well, that’s a good question. And, I am not sure. However, while I was reading your post, I kept thinking that maybe something bad or serious happened while he was out. Run in with a snake? Dog? Mean person? I, of course, can’t be sure, though. I hope everything turns out OK.