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Could my elderly cat have dementia?

Dr Pete Wedderburn / 26 November 2018

A reader wonders whether a change in behaviour means her elderly cat has dementia.

Meowing cat
A reader's cat has become very vocal in old age


My elderly cat’s behaviour has changed recently, she is very talkative and sometimes starts running about the house. Could this be dementia, or something else?


Dementia is possible but it’s important to rule out two other common illnesses.

First, a blood test will show if she has hyperthyroidism (an over active thyroid gland) and second, your vet can measure her blood pressure (if this is high, she may show the signs you describe). Effective treatment is available for both of these conditions.

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