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While humans have to be well into our 60s to achieve senior citizen status, in cats the magic number is debatable, but likely somewhere between 11 and 14. Like humans, cats may experience health and behavior issues due to aging.
First and foremost, report any behavioral changes to your veterinarian. Many medical problems can resemble behavioral ones, so the best approach is to rule out medical issues first. That means taking a trip to the vet for your cat, and possibly some diagnostic testing to investigate her new behavior. That said, there are some changes that are expected as cats age. For example, most cats naturally become less active and less playful. They may even groom themselves less often and less thoroughly. Sometimes, they even eat less enthusiastically. While these may be normal aspects of aging, they can also be signs of disease, so it's important to discuss these changes with your veterinarian as soon as you notice them occurring.
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