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Hello from Wasaga Beach

February 16th, 2009, 03:48 PM
Hello everyone,

I have a wonderful 16-year-old cat named Jethro. Last fall, I had to put my older cat, Penelope down. She was 21 years old. She had been having difficulty walking and was showing signs of dementia. We were very fortunate in that we were able to have a mobile vet come to our home to put her to sleep, which was so much nicer than taking her in the car (which she hated) to the vet's office.

My "younger" cat, Jethro was wonderful throughout the procedure. He gave Penelope a last sniff on the head and then sat right beside me through the whole thing. Jethro was diagnosed with diabetes two years ago; however, after a few short months of "human" insulin shots and a change in diet, his sugar levels returned to normal and he was able to come off the needle. Unfortunately, he has pretty much stopped grooming himself since then, which is causing me some concern. I do brush him but he won't let me brush all of him, just his back.

I know he suffers somewhat from arthritis due to his age and I also know that he misses his old friend. I'm wondering if there is some way I can "encourage" him to start grooming again? I was thinking about giving him a bath in the hopes he might then be forced to groom himself but then I recently read an article that indicated cats stop grooming because it's painful if they suffer from arthritis and I definitely don't want to cause him any pain. If anyone has any suggestions, I would be grateful.

Thank you.

February 16th, 2009, 03:55 PM
Hello and welcome to the board....

I am so sorry to hear that you lost Penelope, but what a wonderful life she must have had to live to 21!!!

I have never owned a cat, so I cannot help you out, but I am sure one of the cat people will be along soon to offer some advice.....have you taken Jethro back to the Vet for a complete checkup to see if there is another medical reason why he won't groom himself???

Got pictures???? :D

February 16th, 2009, 07:26 PM
Yeah, I'm another dog person and have no advice :o but I did want to say hello! I do think a vet visit might be helpful to find out just exactly what is bothering Jethro...and I want to second that request for pictures! :D