1) Simple question: what does mean "old person"? Is it 65 y? 60? 70?
Is the definition to be related to the average life span? Or to what demographic indicator?
2) Each country, region, area have their own demographic status and health status. Although I am not familiar with USA demography...
@bear I have some plants in the room - I will check the toxicity
I fully agree - the dry food is not appropriate. The only reason I opted for dry food is that he eats mostly during nighttime, so I cant leave wet food in the bowl.
If I could train him to feed daytime I could feed him wet food only.
Thank you, @Talien, @gilmargl!
My tomcat is clearly in distress: attacks me (well, playful, not hurting but is still not the way he behaves usually) purrs without being petted.
Apart from feeding wet food only, I do not know what else to do.
Some say not to let him drink for 6 hours after...
As a very personal attitude, I always go for the fight.
So, before discussing when it is the right time, I dare to say that there are still solutions to try.
A 12 yeas old cat may be considered old, but it is not at the end of life.
In order to decide the cure, an investigation is absolutely...
My tomcat has gastritis, for 2 years now. He was on Nexium (esomeprazol) for 2 months. When I stopped the treatment (vet decision), he started to vomit and/or regurgitate (gastric juice + non-digested dry food) a few minutes after feeding dry food - Purina Delicat. I switched to Purina...
Food matters a lot.
A well-known brand does not equal "good for all cats".
Check the label, check the internet, experiment with various brands.
The first option, in my humble opinion, is to check and double-check the food. Only after careful investigation of the food, there is time for...
First, I would check for feline asthma - there is a specific maneuver to investigate this. The maneuver cant be performed at home.
Then, an abdominal echo may help to see whether there is a stomach or bile problem.
Frequent smaller meals as @mrsgreenjeens mentions - this strategy works for my...
My cat can not take 100% protein food. He vomits right away. But the meal frequency also counts.
The frequency is a disputed matter.
I feed a mixed diet:
50% wet - 50% dry - roughly.
The wet meals are 1 in the morning and 1 in the evening. The dry ones - at will rest of the time.
The probability does not apply to individual cases.
Also, they are a number of causes of death. If one wants to relate individuals to statistics, then the risk shall be computed taking into account most of the risk factors, such as occupation, weight, heart diseases, family, smoking, drinking...
The weight looks OK to me, but the vet is the one to appreciate it.
From my experience, cat owners have a special feeling, which goes beyond science :-). So if you suspect that your cat is obese, this is something to look closer at, regardless of the measurement results.
All dry food has...
Here you have another approach.
The ideal weight shall be around 10 pounds (4-4.5 kg) for a normal breed cat.
Slightly more for a tomcat.
More when cats (es[pecially tomcats) store energy.
Measure your weight by a bath scale.
Then pick the cat and weigh both of you together. Subtract. You get...
People at 30 and 40 can die as well.
The problem is who will die, not what is the probability.
Lets say you have in front of you one man 80 years old and one young woman 20 years old - can you bet who out of the two will die in 5 years?
The probability goes for large numbers, not for...
In my view, it is a purely contractual matter and not a moral question.
What happens with the cat when the adopting owner passes away?
The answer to this question shall be in a contract term, in my opinion. Not in an interdiction based on probability of death, because the probability is related...
I do not know about cats, but for humans:
- HbA1C is the leading test for insulin resistance evolution
- Echography shall reveal fatty pancreas and fatty liver
I also had a look at the feline diabetes site. It misses some important points.
It does not explain that insulin resistance...
The correct name of the condition should be "insulin resistance".
Diabetes mellitus is just a stage of insulin resistance. Therefore, a distinct condition called "diabetes" does not exist. Unless one prefers to call the total death of the pancreas like that. But this is the very final stage of...
The same level of blood glucose can be maintained by either low or high insulin. High insulin levels to maintain "normal" glucose level is the first stage of insulin resistance. The sad point here is that if somebody - human, but I suspect cats as well, but please correct me if I am wrong- if...
If the pancreas cells are heavily damaged or if the life regime does not change sufficiently, then it is no chance of remission.
But, for humans, I found that far too easy people go for metformin and reject a lifestyle change to cure insulin resistance, change which can literally save their life...