After spending several years alongside a pet, we become so attached to it that we would like it to live forever. Unfortunately, like us, animals are not immortal. One day or another, they end up giving up the ghost. Some people live very badly the separation with their dog or their cat, especially if it filled a big emotional void. However, most people will tell you: the weeks leading up to his departure are the hardest to pass. Feeling the suffering and loss of your pet is a very painful moment to live. In denial, many cat owners refuse to face reality. Yet there are indeed some very telling signs that the end is near. Is it time to say goodbye to him? To prepare you for this fatality and to comfort him until the end, we are going to reveal eight clues that indicate that your hairball is dying.
Because they are so independent and self-sufficient, cats hate feeling weak and vulnerable. Also, when they get sick, they have the ability to hide it. But some changes in his behavior should put you on the alert. It is thus necessary to watch his actions and gestures to try to determine if it is time to say goodbye to him. Even if it is not easy to see your cat suffering, there are certain specific signs to watch out for: sudden weight loss, poor mobility, a neglected appearance or a lack of interest in its toys.
1. His breathing is abnormal
The cat’s lungs are controlled by muscles and nerves. When old age sets in, these organs begin to weaken: his breathing may thus slow down or intensify for no reason. If you pay attention, you will notice some pretty serious variations. Indeed, for short periods, the cat’s breathing may suddenly stop and then immediately start again.
2. He has an abnormal smell
As the cat nears the end of its life, it may develop abnormal body odor. In question, the degradation of tissues and the accumulation of toxins in the body. The smell can therefore vary according to its state of health. For example, diabetic cats may have a sweet body odor, while those with kidney failure sometimes have ammonia-smelling breath.
3. He is no longer interested in his favorite toys.
As your cat’s health deteriorates, he will lose interest in the things he once loved. Suddenly, he leaves his toys to go take a nap or he refuses to eat his favorite treats. An unusual attitude that has something to destabilize you. If you notice that he suddenly loses interest in the things he loves, that he lacks spirit and cheerfulness, then this is surely a sign that he will soon leave this world.
4. Low mobility
Cats often have poor mobility due to muscle loss and pain caused by arthritis or other health issues. Is her condition starting to gradually deteriorate? He doesn’t climb trees anymore, doesn’t jump high enough like before, doesn’t want to climb stairs anymore? Unless it’s a very lazy cat, if you feel a sudden change in physical energy, then chances are the end is near.
5. Weight loss
Most cats lose weight as they age. Indeed, their stomach can no longer digest properly, nor assimilate proteins well, which leads to a loss of muscle mass. Therefore, even if you believe that he is eating enough, you will notice that he is no longer gaining weight, on the contrary he is losing it more easily.
NB : Extreme weight loss can also be caused by diseases such as cancer, hypothyroidism or chronic kidney disease.
6. The Tendency to Hide
Admittedly, cats like to isolate themselves quietly in a corner, far from noise and agitation. But if yours has always been sociable and well surrounded, and he suddenly changes his attitude, there is reason to wonder about his recent need for isolation. Cats always hide in small dark places, but usually when they sense that they are going to die soon, they change hiding places and refuse to come out. Sometimes, even when it’s lunch time, they don’t want to come out.
7. Messy appearance
When cats feel a deep sense of unease, they stop worrying about their appearance. And this is surely a very telling sign, since these felines are addicted to cleanliness. They lick themselves daily to clean themselves and hygiene is fundamental to them. This unexpected letting go must therefore challenge you. Result: his fur is messy, oily and dirty. Inevitably, if he no longer licks himself, his skin may even become dry and scaly. His hair may also be overrun with dandruff. No, it doesn’t look like him! If you see him in this state, take matters into your own hands and try to provide him with appropriate care, if he lets himself be done of course. Feeling clean again will lift her spirits.
8. Lack of appetite
When a cat does not feel well and feels very weak, then it loses its appetite and does not eat as usual. If you bring him back his food and he no longer touches it, you have to be prepared for the possibility of losing him in a short time. At the same time, the administration of certain medications can influence its taste or smell, making it less interested in food. Try reheating food or adding a small amount of tuna sauce to intensify its flavor. It may arouse his appetite and make him want to eat. But it is important to know that if it is nearing the end, your cat will categorically refuse to eat.
Of course, every feline is different. As a general rule, these are harbingers of an imminent end, but they can also be symptoms that arise from a specific illness or illness that must be treated. As a precaution, as soon as you witness a significant change in behavior in your cat, it is always better to consult the veterinarian to find out for sure.
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