by Jo Visser
(Lethbridge, Alta Canada)
Hi, I have a 9 yr old, spayed himalayan crossed. 5 months ago, her
"senior" check-up was awesome, all her blood work came back 100%. We have never moved since she came to live with me, her life-style is rountine & stable. She is only allowed outside under strict supervision. She lacks for nothing. My concern is that the past couple months, she wakes in the middle of the night "crying". She is not in pain, as soon as she realizes I am there she purrs & goes back to sleep. I have added a night light in the bedroom for her & the waking up "crying" has not been as often now. My question is; Is this normal for senior cats ? Do cats actually have nightmares ? Thank you for your help
Answer by Kate
Hi yes don't worry this is not uncommon. My old cat was just the same.
As cats get older they do start to suffer from old age ailments, such as failing eyesight, hearing etc and so sometimes they can become a little more insecure.
At 9 she is not terribly old yet, so she is probably just having a bit of a dream..
I do have a web page about senior cats which you may find of further interest here
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