Short Takes

June 2005 Issue

Short Takes: 06/05

Behavioral changes in older cats; why well-cat exams are so important

Misbehaving Seniors

Just as human Baby Boomers are about to swell the senior-citizen ranks, a “Kitty Boom” has more families sharing their homes with lots of geriatric — but generally healthy — cats of retirement age.

In the cat-happy times between 1983 and 1996, the percentage of cats six years of age and older nearly doubled to 47 percent of the feline-American population. All those cats that were “only six” in ‘96 are 15 today. And they…

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