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Unread 04-16-2009   #1 (permalink)
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My cat Philly is 17 yr old male indoor cat who is going through senile stage. Philly is healthy no arthritis or any major problems. Only 1 little problem I need
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Philly has lost his hearing and howls cries ALOT, my vet says he is ageing gracefully with senelity. I spoke to my mom she said its time to put him down but I will not.
Is there anyone out there with the same situation ?
what can I do ?
He has had us awake for 3 nights now!
We try to keep him awake all day.
Please help? ASAP
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Hi Philly's Mom. . .

I'm smiling as I read your post, so forgive me. I have much experience with 'senile' cats. My first cat lived to be 22 and was healthy as a horse until the end. Yes, she howled as she too was deaf, and partially blind. Let me tell you, I miss those howls.

Presently I have a senior citizen. We don't know how old she is, but we figure she is just slightly on the sunny side of 20. She isn't howling (yet), but surely is showing signs of her age. I will tolerate each one of her quirks and treasure every moment I have with her.

If Philly is not sick, there is no reason to put him down. As far as keeping you up at night, you may try to get him to play before bedtime, or give him something to eat, or even some catnip. Maybe he will sleep better with a full belly, or a 'happy nip" fix.

Treasure every howling moment, you will miss the noise when he's gone.

Welcome to the group by the way...post often and tell us how he's doing, and how you're coping.
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I cant do it to him I love him with all my heart he is a very special and well loved little boy . Philly is my 1st and only cat. I am owned by 7 birds,1 chihuahua, Philly and a hamster. I love animals
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Philly's mom : Welcome to the forum !

Mary, when I read your post, I'm also smiling...thinking about each word and associating it with my three "young" kitties. I think I understand what you mean by saying : "I miss those howls.." and "Treasure every howling moment, you will miss the noise when he's gone."
All these statements are released after spending uncountable days, during those many long years with them since the first day they entered our lives...
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You're correct Irene. Although you're sorrounded by the rest of your cats, you feel there's something missing. This "something" is not only your Bridge cat's presence but his love, his company & as Mary said: to miss his noise when he's gone.
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So we have to treasure EVERY howling moment .... and never complain about it when he's still with you...
I am not trying to be sentimental, but I hope Philly's mom reads this post...
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