Things cats do when they feel they are about to die

Things cats do when they feel they are about to die

In this article we are going to deal with a topic that is very strong on an emotional level, but we believe that you should also be prepared because it is an inevitable step in life.
Each person processes it in a different way, but we wanted to leave a note on the table and that is that, if possible, we would like you to always remember your cats as wonderful beings who have given you a lot, but to whom you have given a lot too.
Realize that your cats have lived an experience full of love, with a warm roof over their heads and with all their needs met – they have lived a great life! And we are sure they are very happy about it.

So, without further ado, let’s fill you in on what a cat usually does shortly before it dies. Every cat is different, but it is true that they follow some instinctive and totally natural patterns.

Decrease the amount they eat and drink

The first thing that can be noticed in a cat is the loss of appetite and thirst. A sick body or a body that can no longer cope energetically with everyday life is a body that is no longer recharged.
This is mainly because the body is very weakened and can no longer cope with everyday processes such as digesting food or simply prefers to save energy for other processes.

His countenance is very tired

The body feels tired and heavy. It is almost getting ready to go to sleep for eternity and that is why you will see it move less. His body will have a greater tendency to sleep to save energy and be relaxed.
His hind legs will probably start to show less strength.

Your cat’s temperature decreases

This is one of the most marked aspects and it is that their body temperature decreases. Cats, in general, maintain a temperature of 39 degrees.

That is why their temperature drop is well perceived since they tend to be very warm. It will be especially noticeable in the areas furthest from the torso: the paws and ears.

He no longer spends time cleaning himself

When you are sick, you have less energy to clean yourself and the same happens when you are old, you have less agility to do it. We have all suffered a strong flu that has left us in bed for several days and we did not even have the strength to get up.

In the case of cats, the same thing happens. When a cat is suffering from an illness, it is very likely that it does not have the same energy and therefore stops grooming itself. The same happens if your cat is old, as it has less ease and energy to do it.
This makes their coat start to look more unkempt and they may start to smell bad.

They instinctively hide

We wanted to indicate that they do it instinctively because it has nothing to do with the family around them. This is something that felines do when they feel weaker and more vulnerable.

You already know that cats have a strong bond with their wild life (although they no longer live it as such) and that is why in the face of an illness that has weakened them or an advanced age, they feel less skilled and therefore, they feel that they can be easily hunted.

This makes them try to protect themselves and the best way to do this is by hiding at home or even running away from home. You can facilitate this step and make hiding places in the house to make them feel more protected as it is an inevitable process.

Do not take it personally, as this is the way your cat copes best with this process.

It is possible that your feline chooses to get closer

We always say that every feline is different. There are those that instead of hiding get much closer to the family because we must always remember that in a healthy bond between a cat and a human, we are their safe place.

For them there is no safer place than being with their human. Therefore, some of them transform that instinct to hide into closeness with their human so that no predator will hunt them.

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