Cognitive Dysfunction in Cats: Spring 2022 PetConnections Magazine

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My Old Man

In reviewing an topic I’d written about several years ago, dementia in pets, I found that a good bit of study had been done on the topic since then, and the condition actually had a diagnosis: Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome. I decided to write about the findings in the Spring 2022 issue of Pittsburgh PetConnections Magazine.

Can Cats Develop Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome?

“With the experience of watching both of my parents and a few older relatives slip into what we used to call “senility,” I’ve often wondered if I saw the same sort of cognitive issue in my elder cats.

“Today we use the term “dementia,” but “cognitive dysfunction” is a more specific term. Symptoms of both can range from barely discernible, like occasionally forgetting something familiar, to effects on even physical activity. Symptoms can result from a list of sources such as acute or chronic physical conditions or diseases, certain medications or treatments, organ malfunctions or imbalances in the body, even lack of sleep.

“But unlike those treatable conditions, cognitive dysfunction syndrome (CDS) is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system, and our pets can develop it just as humans can.”

I listed a number of resource articles and studies with the article.

I did have a difficult time bringing up the page a few times on both my computers and on my phone, and at other times I did not, so if you do have trouble, please be patient.

You can also find the latest cat resources on the resources page on this site.

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Each month features one of my commissioned portraits of a feline or felines and their rescue story along with a kitty quote on the left page, and on the right page the month name with enough lines for all possible dates, with standard holidays and animal-themed observances and events. Great Rescues also includes a mini cat-care book illustrated with my drawings including information on finding strays or orphaned kittens, adopting for the first time or caring for a geriatric cat, a list of household toxins and toxic plants, or helping stray and feral cats and beginning with TNR.

Each book includes also 10 sheets of my “22 Cats” decorative notepaper with a collage of all the portraits in black and white so you can make your own notes or write special notes to friends.

The portraits in this book, collected as a series, won both a Certificate of Excellence and a Muse Medallion in the 2011 Cat Writers’ Association Annual Communication Contest, as well as the 22 Cats Notepaper mentioned below.

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Weekly schedule of features:

Sunday: Essays, Pet Loss, Poetry, The Artist’s Life

Monday: Adoptable Cats, TNR & Shelters

Tuesday: Rescue Stories

Wednesday: Commissioned Portrait or Featured Artwork

Thursday: New Merchandise

Friday: Book Review, Health and Welfare, Advocacy

Saturday: Your Backyard Wildlife Habitat, Living Green With Pets, Creating With Cats

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From health and welfare to rescue and adoption stories, advocacy and art, factual articles and fictional stories, "The Creative Cat" offers both visual and verbal education and entertainment about cats for people who love cats, pets and animals of all species.

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