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  • #19476
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    planetkitty
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    Just was curious as to how old your oldest kitties are. The reason I ask is my oldest is acting like she is dying and I was just curious how old is old? My oldest is 12 and a half.

    #270921
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    spacecatsgarden
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    The cat I had as a child lived to be 21.

    my current cats are 2.

    Maby she is sick or something.

    Chey

    #270922
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    CheetahBoysmommy
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    How is she acting, and for how long has she been that way?

    What does her vet say?

    #270923
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    LadyValkyrie
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    Our adopted out side kitty Puss was with us up until she was 15 but she was already an adult and well fixed, she was around 5 or 6 years before mom and I came to live with step dad, so 20 to 21 or maybe more!

    #270924
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    planetkitty
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    She seems to be more or less normal, just not excited about her dinner or anything. I found her in the tub earlier under the faucet (while it was running). She used to meow at her food, but hasn’t the past 2 days. She doesn’t seem to be dehydrated, but I haven’t seen her eat. She never has eaten much, so she may eat when I’m not watching. At times, she acted like her back end wouldn’t wok, but she does walk and jump ok. She hasn’t done anything other than lie around since she was 6. She just looks old today. Nothing really specific I can pinpoint, just looks really old and not quite like herself. I am dropping three kitties off at the vet for some inside surgery tomorrow – I will ask them what they think. I can’t take her in tomorrow because I have to work, but I can check. I may just be paranoid. She is the oldest animal I’ve ever had and I’m not ready for her to go (i’ve had her since she was 6 weeks old – now 12 and a half years)

    #270925
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    spacecatsgarden
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    That dosnt sound too abnormal. She is 12, my calico can lay around for hours and be as lazy as can be. Maybe if your concerned about her hind legs you can get those checked out. Otherwise it sounds normal.

    Chey

    #270926
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    anncetera2
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    It would be a good idea to get some lab work done on your kitty. It sounds like there might be kidney, liver, or hypothyroid issues. If they’re caught early enough, these problems can often be successfully managed with appropriate medication. Sometimes the medication’s inexpensive, too.

    #270927
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    planetkitty
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    There is nothing phsyically wrong that I can see, she just acts like she doesn’t care about anything. She twitches her tail whenever I talk to her, and purrs when I touch her. She did drink some water on her own eariler. She may just be pretending to get more attention. I’ve had cats do that before and it is hard to give everybody attention every day. I’ve been paying more attention to the three going to the vet so they won’t feel bad tonight (no food or water for them after bedtime).

    #270928
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    AZDEBRA 5/27 & crew
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    My oldest currently is 14.5 yrs old, got him and his life-long friend when he was 8 yrs old. He acts just like anyone that old, listens when he feels like it, does what he wants, and is still shy as every…oh wait he is a cat, so he’s normal :)

    #270929
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    planetkitty
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    I put her picture on catster, along with one of her when I first got her.

    Her name is Powder:

    http://www.catster.com/cats/858126

    #270930
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    anncetera2
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    I suppose it’s possible that she’s pretending disinterest, to get more attention… but not eating is not normal. You say that her back end didn’t appear to be working for a bit, that there a general behavior of not being quite her normal self.

    Even though you may not know what’s wrong, if this were my cat and my intuition was evaluating this set of data, I’d make a vet appointment. Bloodwork can often point to more serious and systemic problems. Examining her mouth closely may reveal a bad tooth; that was the reason my mom’s cat, Misty, was eating lightly and was spooky and reclusive. After having 6 bad teeth pulled (which is a lot, for a cat), her appetite improved and her gregarious personality shone. If she hadn’t been treated, she’d surely be dead by now; that was 6 years ago, and she’s still going strong at about 15 years of age.

    I’ve lost cats at 6 weeks of age, also at 7, 9, 13 and 19 years of age. Twelve years is not young, but neither is it terribly old.

    #270931
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    AZDEBRA 5/27 & crew
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    planetkitty, your Powder is the same coloring as my Max, love the pictures :)

    #270932
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    planetkitty
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    I don’t actually know if she is not eating – she has never eaten much, so she may eat in the middle of the night when everyone is sleeping (she hates all the other cats). I’ve looked at her mouth and everything seems normal – she just acts disintereted. I was away on vacation for a week and just got back a couple days ago. May be related to that, she doesn’t like other people much either.

    #270933
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    Catwoman
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    My cats have all lived to be around 19. My oldest right now is 14 and is still active.

    #270934

    My oldest is Volley. She’s 16 and going strong. Stills plays like a kitten.

    #270935
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    CSBM
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    Yuki Michi, my childhood kitty, lived 1 day short of 24 years.

    And Velvet, my current oldest soulmate turned 16 in mid-July…

    #270936
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    MaxandCali’sMom
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    My calico, Kirby, lived to a ripe old 17 years. She was pretty healthy right up until the last couple of months–she had renal failure. I do miss my beauty!!

    Max and Molly are now 9 (I think)–people I got them from didn’t know exactly how old they are because they got them from someone else!! These guys have been around. Molly is very healthy, Max has occasional bouts with UT problems.

    #270937
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    SoxsMom
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    That disinterest is how Basil started, then not eating, then he wet on himself in the vet’s office and it was downhill from there. He was 4 and in 100% renal failure. Do not put this off. Take him into the vet.

    #270938

    Sheba is 13. My oldest cats were 19. I had a friend and a boss who had cats until 25.

    #270939
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    Tigerlilly
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    My current oldest is 13. In the past few years lost a 16, 18 and 19 year old.

    Planetkitty, if in doubt it’s best to take your kitty for a check up. Better safe than sorry. I wish you many more healthy and happy years together.

    #270940
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    jcat
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    My mum’s cat, Abby, was 17 when she started having small strokes. The main sign was that she fell over — her hindquarters stopped working for a few minutes and she couldn’t walk. It only lasted a few minutes and then she seemed okay again. The vet gave her the all clear but then it happened again when we got her home and the vet realised what was happening. Not wanting to worry you, but if you think that your cat might really be having episodes when her hindquarters don’t work, and not just pretending, I would take her to the vet. Best of luck, PK.

    #270941
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    miu
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    Juuei is estimated to be 5-11 years old. My ex-cat lived 17 healthy years.

    #270942

    My oldest cat is Maybelline, a calico; she is about 12.

    #270943
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    Stubbys Momma in MO
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    My oldest is 13 1/2. He has always been a loner except when he wants attention. He sleeps most of the time but is always there at feeding time.

    #270944
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    Moonshadow_NZ
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    Shadz is 6 going on 7, but a previous cat called ‘Whitefoots’ was 18 when she went over the bridge as was our dog ‘Nellie’. Our next cat ‘Sharp’ was an adoptee so we had no idea of his age when cancer took him.

    #270945

    Jiggs was 16 when he died in January, and Shaddo was 17 when he died in June. Their baby sister, Leela, is a whopping 4 months old.

    #270946
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    planetkitty
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    wow, lots of old kitties. She is more active this morning (or at least she moved from the bedroom to the kitchen sink). I am truly entering new territory with her as I have never had any this old before. My parents said Little Marb had her kittens at 1:30 this morning, on their bed! Don’t know how many yet – will have to call them when they get up.

    #270947
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    Siobhan
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    My little girl Tansey will be fifteen on Labor Day weekend! She can’t “fly” like she used to, her jumping mechanisms are getting old (she has kitty arthritis in her little kitty hips). She’s still VERY active, very vocal. She has her “hurting days” like all of us with arthritis, but she has a whole lot of Most Excellent kitty days(tm)

    #270948
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    planetkitty
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    that arthritis is what I am thinking is going on with her – she just moves like she is old and stiff. If she is expecially hurting, that may explain her disinterest in food. I think i will get some pedialyte tonight at work (I work at walmart) just in case.

    #270949
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    Siobhan
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    You might want to look into Kitty Cosequin too. I got the kind that is a powder in a capsule, sprinkle it on the food. Tansey is very savvy and won’t take meds like that, but she doesn’t mind the Cosequin, she just chomps right through it. You can get it at a savings over the vet, if you look online.

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