Is an old cat's attitude change necessarily due to age?

@scribe1 (1207)
United States
May 22, 2008 12:20pm CST
My Columbus cat is nearly 12 years old and used to be very friendly and affectionate. But lately, he seems to be more distant and irritable, even though he eats very well and sleeps with me and Waffles cat every night. He growled at me when I picked him up and tried to pet him. I love all of my cats and have given resident cats extra attention since I adopted a year-old stray male cat that I've named Maxie. Could it be that Columbus is still very jealous of Maxie? Or could it just be that Columbus is old compared to Maxie? I really don't want to give Maxie up.
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@spalladino (17927)
• United States
22 May 08
Has Columbus been seen by a vet lately? He may be in pain for some reason and that's why he growls at you. Cats do get arthritis and other conditions that can cause pain.
@scribe1 (1207)
• United States
22 May 08
Not yet. I intended to bring him to the vet this or next week. I just hope that the cat is okay. He's been a real sweetie and I will do anything to help him.
@aplaza (631)
• Netherlands
22 May 08
Yes I agree with this. It's quite possible that Columbus has a pain and that's the only way to let you know to be "careful" when you want to touch him. It could be something that isn't serious at all. I'd definately consider going to a vet for a check up just to sure. After all if it's something that can be treated quickly you'll be able to enjoy Columbus all the more!
@scribe1 (1207)
• United States
22 May 08
Yes, I will definitely take him to the vet. Columbus's last check-up was in July last year, and he was just fine.
@mcat19 (1358)
• United States
22 May 08
Perhaps something physical is bothering him. Older cats can get arthritis. It might hurt him when you pick him up. Can you take him for a vet check? I've been adding Cosequin to Josie's food. She has arthritis. The Cosequin is in a capsule that you open and mix with wet food. She doesn't mind it, and after a while, she seems to be more comfortable. I would have any change in behavior checked out by a vet. They can't talk; this is the only way they have of communicating with you.
@joe168 (2)
• China
22 May 08
Oh,your cat is very old.And I like cat.Maybe Columbus is too old.And he don't want another cat share your love.
@magikrose (5425)
• United States
22 May 08
It really sounds like the poor baby is getting old. Remember cat years is diffrent to human years. To you he may be 12 but to him he may be 84. All you can do is accomodated him as best you can.