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dogs start to show their advanced age by the gradual graying of their snouts and paws, it seems that the majority of
older cats somehow hang onto that kittenish glow.
According to Dr. Marcus G. Brown, DVM, of the
Capital Cat Clinic in Arlington, Va., some felines do go gray, but it typically happens much later than it does in
dogs — and not as intensely.
“It is felt that
cats may have more melanocytes [cells that produce pigment in skin and hair] than dogs,” Dr. Brown says. “Cats are very old when they gray, usually around the age of 17.”
And the amount of gray hair doesn't reflect how active or healthy your kitty is — it's only related to melanin, Dr. Brown adds.
“You can see it in their eyes to some degree,” Dr. Brown explains. “There is a normal graying of the lens called nuclear sclerosis, which does not affect vision.”
Another visual sign of aging in
kidney disease and other diseases is a decrease in muscle mass, while a less visible sign of normal feline aging is hearing loss.
“They also sleep more and more soundly,” Dr. Brown says.
In other words, maybe senior kitties benefit from all that beauty sleep.
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