Prognosis for Feline Dementia

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Prognosis for Feline Dementia
Older cats may put on too much weight. (Image by, courtesy of Sylvia)

Feline dementia or "kitty Alzheimer's," is properly known as feline cognitive dysfunction or feline cognitive disorder. According to veterinarian Dr. Nicholas Dodman, feline cognitive dysfunction affects each cat in a slightly different way.


Low-dose lead poisoning can lead to senility, lack of coordination and lack of bowel control in cats. The cat should be tested for lead poisoning, and treatment for the poisoning may alleviate the symptoms.

Worst Case Scenario

According to Dr. Dodman, brain tumours can cause the symptoms of feline cognitive dysfunction. These are very hard to treat.


If not caused by lead poisoning or brain tumours, then the cat can be put on deprenyl (brand name Anipryl). Dr. Dodman notes that cats can make a partial or full recovery on Anipryl.


According to Mansfield Animal Clinic, putting a cat on a diet can help reduce the symptoms of feline cognitive dysfunction.


According to "Cat Owner's Home Veterinary Handbook," symptoms of feline dementia are the same as for a dysfunctional thyroid, kidney or liver.

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