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Hi. Welcome to Just Answer. My name is***** and I've been a veterinarian for 15 years. Thank you for your question. Do you feel that she's in the litter box more? Is she straining to go while in there? Is she vocalizing at other times?
Thank you for giving this older girl a good home. If she's not visiting the litter box more often or having accidents, then it would seem less likely that this is due to a UTI. UTI's typically have straining to go, more frequent trips to the litter box, and small amounts getting out. If her eyesight is poor, then she may be doing this vocalization as she's not as visual. IF the litter box is covered, you may take the lid off to allow more light into it. Some as they become less visual and not hearing as well will definitely become more vocal. IF she's still eating well, drinking well and not vomiting or breathing hard, then it would seem that her overall quality of life still is decent. For arthritis issues, some may supplement glucosamine with their diet to try and improve arthritis situations. Dasaquin for cats is something easy to try to see if it helps.
It is tough to know when that time has come to let them go, but in situations like this - I really look at eating, drinking and socialization. If she's again still eating well, drinking well, and having some socialization - then the time doesn't seem to be now.
With cats, they can definitely be fickle as far as what they like and what they'll eat with their food. It sounds like she's been lucky to have you as well as you are lucky to have her. These older girls can be great companions. They don't ask for much but love, attention, and food. As far as the vomiting of the hair balls, you can try to brush her more to help reduce the amount of fur consumed while grooming.
I know exactly what you mean!!! I have a 19 year old cat at my house that lets me know when brushing is good and exactly when brushing isn't so good! Thank you for being there to help her out. You have no idea how much I appreciate people like you who open up their homes / lives / hearts to a pet that otherwise has so few of chances. Thank you!
It could be a part of her nocturnal nature. If she's sleeping that much during the day, then she's more apt to be up and around at night. If you could stimulate her more during the day, she may be more likely to sleep more at night. One of the best things that I've found for this is something pretty simple. A bird feeder in front of an easily accessible window. When the birds come to feed, it is like a great TV show and they can't help but sit there and dream about catching one of them. By being stimulated during this time, she'll be more ready to rest at night.
I'm glad to help here Wendy! Give her a good ear scratching for me when you see her next. Fire away on the question.
If she has a UTI, it would be something that I'd feel has a good chance of responding well to treatment. If you notice her being in there more frequently or straining or having accidents - then it would seem very reasonable that she has a UTI and could respond well to treatment.
I absolutely believe that a blind cat with minimal hearing to being deaf can have a great quality of life. They can seek out petting and be so content to be in the company of an owner and be petted.
Take care again Wendy. I hope that there are lots of good days with this special girl. Thanks again for all you're doing for her!
She's sitting in the sun right now and enjoying a nice day. Hopefully it warms up soon for everyone!
Thank you for the compliment! Life is full of adventures. enjoy all that you get the chance to be a part of. There are lots of people out there and your special one will be there.