"Jerry Bank" > wrote in message
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> > "Jerry Bank" > wrote in message
> > .. .
> > > My beloved companion of 16 years (she is 17) has the symptoms of what
> > > would be Altzheimers in a person. She is geneally confused and often
> > > either agitated or lethargic. Does anyone know if there are any
> > > treatments for this? I very much miss the personality of her as she
> > > previously.
> > The first order of business is getting her in to the vet for a thorough
> > geriatric exam including bloodwork (CBC + chemscreen inc. T4) and
> > to rule out any medical causes for the change in her behavior. Problems
> > creep up quickly and silently in older cats.
> > If your vet gives her a clean bill of health, ask him about L-deprenyl
> > (Anipryl). L-deprenyl has been used in geriatric dogs with canine
> > dysfunction with a lot of success. There aren't any published studies
> > least I haven't found any) on the efficacy of L-deprenyl in older cats
> > cognitive dysfunction , but there have been a lot of anecdotal success
> > reports from vets around the world. Its also safe to use in cats and has
> > adverse side effects-except vomiting and salivation at very high doses.
> > don't use it with an antidepressant.
> > The things she needs the most right now are your patience,
> > and most of all, love.
> > Best of luck,
> > Phil
> She surely has my love. Reading about cognitive dysfuncton syndrome is
> like reading a description of her behaviour. It truly breaks my heart to
> see her as she is.
> One of the symptoms that seems to have arisen is her urinating not in her
> box. Any idea of how I can deal with that?
Try moving her litterbox to within sight of where she sleeps (but not too
close to where she sleeps). You could also get a few more litterboxes and
place them near her favorite places.
Any type of behavior modification will probably confuse her and only stress
her out. The only thing I would do is adapt to her condition and try to make
her life as easy as I can for her.
Best of luck,