A story by health correspondent Laura Donnelly appeared in the Sunday issue of Britain’s London Telegraph newspaper entitled, “One in ten cats has dementia.”
The story reports researchers at the University of Edinburgh say that conditions like Alzheimer’s are becoming increasingly common in cats over the age of 15. They call the condition “geriatric onset behavioral problems.”
Dr. Danielle Gunn-Moore, professor of feline medicine at the university, says the risk of dementia in cats is rising because, like humans, cats are living increasingly long lives (better diets and not spending so much time outdoors).
Signs of dementia listed in the Telegraph story include getting disoriented, loud crying especially at night, changed social relationships, increasing irritability or anxiety, altered sleeping patterns, aimless wandering, decreased grooming.
Their research on dementia in cats is continuing as they attempt to discover which factors increase the risks for elderly cats, and how best to prevent the onset of dementia. /Gary
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