my 11 year old cat has been acting strange lately

my 11 year old cat has been acting strange lately. when she peed she got in her litter box but she peed on the outside out the box and when she walks shell go 3 feet then stop she usually aggressive toward others but now shell let anyone pet her or pick her up. and she seems more mellow im am scared that this is serious and that i might loose her(im really attached, ive had her since i was 3 and she was able to leave her mother) I JUST WANT TO KNOW IF SHE WILL BE OKAY

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charine138 years ago
Umm not true cats can live up to 22 yrs if they are indoors, 11 really isnt that old (I was a vet tech), the peeing outside the box could be a urinary infection or blockage/ kidney and bladder, I agree with everyone else, take her to a vet but try to get a urine sample first(take out the litter in her box and put just a wee bitof litter, like a tbps, or shredded paper, then bring just the urine with you,Might be diabetes too but she would be drinking alot more and urinating alot more, and maybe lethargic.... cats kidney function tends to be a problem because of food, and the cranky behaviour you mentioned sounds more like pain to me, kidney/bladder/blockage are very painful and can cause(blockage) the bladder to burst so try to get herhim there asap, sorry if I rambled ;0
Take her to a vet and get a blood test. This could easily be feline diabetes, a thyroid problem or a few other things. Most of them are very treatable, but you need a good diagnosis. The sooner the better, letting diabetes go (for example) can result in permanent nerve damage that will prevent her from being able to walk in the future, but treatment can prevent that altogether. Cats are kind of fragile when they have conditions like these, and can die very quickly. Get to the vet absolutely as soon as possible - a couple blood tests now are a lot cheaper and more pleasant than major surgery/emergency care/death would be later.
ddj (author)  technoplastique8 years ago
hey u answer my question bout my cat. i took her to the vet and it turns out that her kidneys were failing so they put her to sleep it was devastating i cried the whole weekend and it still hurts
Zimminger ddj7 years ago
I'm sorry to hear about your loss.  I dealt with losing four so far so I know it hurts.  (Two pairs previously; I have my fifth now...doesn't play well with others.)  But here's the deal with cats:

Cats are naturally solitary predators so it's amazing that they can domesticated at all, let alone be as friendly as they are.  It's a distortion of the kitten/mother relationship that must be started with a kitten, because a cat with no human contact is completely wild and untameable as an adult.  That's why, when they're sick and even in pain, they hide it and they hide it well.  A solitary predator that's sick is prey for a larger predator, so they hide the weakness and if it's extreme enough, physically go into hiding.  This is a behavior that never changes.  Dogs will show pain.  Cats can be nearly incapacitated by pain before you notice it, because they hide it so well.  The signs are subtle, but when they start secluding themselves, pee outside the box or stop eating--things you CAN notice--if it's serious, they're deeply ill.

Yes, it's frustrating.  The only consolation I can offer is that you did the best you could for her.  You didn't fail to provide care; she hid the need for it and that's just their nature.  Don't let it put you off from getting another.
I'm so very sorry. I know exactly what it's like to be in your position. I was hoping for a bladder infection or something like that. It's little consolation but you probably saved her from a lot of pain and suffering.
psymansays8 years ago
You should really speak to a veterinarian. Those seem like bad signs, but perhaps your vet can offer you a solution. 11 years is fairly old for a cat; it's like being 80 years old for a human.
ddj (author)  psymansays8 years ago
hey u answer my question bout my cat. i took her to the vet and it turns out that her kidneys were failing so they put her to sleep it was devastating i cried the whole weekend and it still hurts
psymansays ddj8 years ago
I'm very sorry to hear that. I was hoping your vet might be able to "fix" the problem medicinally. My fiance and I have lost two of our cats in the last few years, and I know that you must be feeling very devastated right now.
. Yep. Sounds like old age. A veterinarian can make a proper diagnosis and should be able to help with the symptoms.
ddj (author)  NachoMahma8 years ago
hey u answer my question bout my cat. i took her to the vet and it turns out that her kidneys were failing so they put her to sleep it was devastating i cried the whole weekend and it still hurts
NachoMahma ddj8 years ago
. I am sorry to hear that. You have my sympathy.
sound918 years ago
My good friend, Cameron SS, has a cat that has developed feline diabetes. This could be a similar thing, but no idea. You might want to send him a message.
ddj (author)  sound918 years ago
hey u answer my question bout my cat. i took her to the vet and it turns out that her kidneys were failing so they put her to sleep it was devastating i cried the whole weekend and it still hurts