Hi,
I have an 18 year old cat who has recently exhibited very unusual behaviour. …

Hi,
I have an 18 year old cat who has recently exhibited very unusual behaviour. She is constantly hungry but doesn’t want to eat anything I try for her. She always ate dry food – until about 2 months ago and has stopped eating dry treats. So I tried her on wet cat food and she likes some of it for a day – but then won’t eat it the next day. Her fur has become matted and she will sit and stare at me. She hasn’t been to a vet since 1998 – because she never goes outside and has been extremely healthy up until the past couple months. Is this typical for an older cat to have matted fur and eating issues? Thanks

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Pete Wedderburn
7 years ago

Janet Thanks for your question – there are many possibilities here, and the short answer is that you do need to take her to your local veterinarian for a thorough check over to diagnose the precise nature of her problem. Older cats can suffer from a range of diseases that can cause signs like this. Read this general article about older cats to get some sense of what I mean: http://www.icatcare.org/advice-centre/cat-care/elderly-cats-%E2%80%93-special-considerations Specifically, common diseases that can cause issues such as you describe include dental disease (it could hurt her when she tries to eat). This can also cause matted fur,… Read more »