That is so true, goggomobil. I know what you mean the signs they show some time, we as people simple ingore as old age, but they are more serious health issues. We don't realize until its to late. Then we feel guility for not caring enough to them to the vet sooner. When its too late, we feel left them down, since they relie on us.
People with older cats be aware if your cat is not using its litterbox and have begun to soil your floors and or beddings. Watch for weight loss and if they are not eating or eating to much. Also watch how much water they are drinking and if are urinating alot. This could be hyperthryoidism. Be careful if you feed your cat moist food, try not buy can but instead buy pouch, because there could a link between what processor line their cans with and with thryoidism. Most important remember always use some type of flea control and make sure its working, if not those bloodsuckers can make your cat, amenic and weak a sick cat even more. If I only knew now, after I had to euthanized my cat, Shebba My baby would still be here with me.
I want people to know that hyperthryoidism is treatable. What was killing my cat, Shebba was servere amenic cause by fleas. They ( fleas ) fed on her weak body, due the weigh she loss. Her blood count was 10. She needed a blood tranfusion, just to get by. At her age and condition it was not sadly to say likely she would live through the tranfusion. It was hardest decision I had to make, allowing her to be euthanize. Luckily I had my dad there with me. He went through it when he had to put our family dog Sparkey to sleep, some years before.
Make sure you watch your pets behavior. Love,hug and kiss now while they are physically here with you. Because that one nightmare day dose come and they are taken away from us on earth. Then we have wait at bridge to see them once agian.