Cats May Suffer From Alzheimer's Disease

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There are many tell-"tail" signs that your senior cat is experiencing feline aging. According to ABC News, Japanese scientists have discovered protein deposits in the brain of wild cats that are similar to those found in human Alzheimer's patients.

In the study recently published in science journal Plos One, researchers examined the carcasses of 14 Tsushima Leopard cats. Five of the 14 contained neurofibrillary tangles or NFT, a protein rarely found in animals.

"If we closely compare changes in the brain among many different animals, we may be able to contribute to a study into the mechanism of the disease," said James Chambers, an assistant professor of veterinary pathology at the University of Tokyo.

Researchers say there is no way to determine whether these cats displayed Alzheimer's-like symptoms since they were already dead, but they hope to conduct a similar study on house cats.

For your own cats, veterinarians encourage a good diet, stimulation and companionship -- all of which are vital to reversing mental decline, just as they are in humans.

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Puzzled, my cat Grady male is 6 years old, been with me for two years, this last month at night he has bitten and scratched me, when I get into bed he jumps up and starts to scratch and bite, Does anyone have an idea as to what the cause is? He is fine during the day, I talk to him pet him and play with him. Should I take him to my Vet?

October 11 2012 at 10:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What have wild "leopard" cats got to do with housecats?

October 08 2012 at 11:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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