Gah! This will be a quick reply because Mallie has just come to tell me it is time for bed.
My childhood cat (Snow) was born in our garage after her mother adopted our family. Snow lived to be 21yrs old. She was my best-bud and slept with me every night. She had a special meow when she brought me dead mouse-gifts at the sliding door. I always thanked her and told her I wasn't hungry, and if she wanted to, she could eat it for me. She would. Then I'd sit outside with her for a few minutes, waiting for her to vomit it up before we both went inside.
As she aged, she grew frail and forgetful. She would walk into the hall, just a few steps outside my bedroom door, and wail such a mournful cry. As soon as I spoke/called to her, she perked up and had a 'happy' meow. As her hearing went, I'd have to go get her, but as soon as she saw me she perked up. I do think our older pets can suffer from dementia and alzheimers. With the advances in pet nutrition and veterinary care, many of our pets are able to live much longer than cats of the past. However, like everything, all pets are going to be different and have varying metabolisms and health issues.
Love 'em for their lifetime, and keep their love alive by loving other pets who need us for all our lifetimes. heidi =^..^=
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