Early on-set Cat Dementia


by Iain O'Brien April 01, 2019 2 Comments

While we have been putting the absolute finishing touches on our Hedkayse ONE we were made aware of an issue concerning our furry feline friends.

 

There has become a small, but growing, awareness of dementia in pets; the domestic cat in particular.

 

Feline cognitive abilities start to decline at around 11 - 12 years of age. Feline senile dementia typically occurs after a cat reaches 15 years old. But current studies have seen cognitive abilities decrease, in line with a dementia diagnosis, in cats as young as six.

 

We puursued (sorry) some of the best feline specialists in the UK to look into the possible causes of feline dementia.  We genuinely do take brain health seriously. The results are as interesting as they are worrying. 

 

Our lives are changing, we’re at home less and so we’re relying on a cat’s natural territory wondering and then feeding when hungry more and more.  We leave food and water out so the cat’s natural feeding patterns are not disrupted by us being out of the house.

 

 

Signs that there may be irreversible cerebral damage are: 

           

Loud or Odd Vocalisations.

Loss of Litter Box Training.

lack of Attention to Grooming.

Increased Agitation, Especially at Night

Sleeping More Than Usual

Irritable or Cranky

Decreased Appetite

 

List taken from: https://www.thesprucepets.com/senior-dementia-in-cats-3384896

 

Hedkayse didn’t want to sit around and do nothing about this.  We love cats. Everybody loves cats.  We so much that we hid the used our logo as a way to hide CAT – this is true and, yup, that’s the “cat” is out of the proverbial bag.  

 

We are doing something about this disease for our furry little friends.. 

We hired some best feline specialists in the UK to look into the possible causes of early-onset feline dementia.  The results are as interesting as they are worrying. 

 

Our lives are changing, we’re at home less and so we’re relying on a cat’s natural territory wondering and then feeding when hungry more and more.  We leave food and water out so the cat’s natural feeding patterns are not disrupted by us being out of the house.

 

This has lead to an increase of cat door/flaps.  A lot of these are secured by a magnetic/micro-chip that the cat wears and the cat flap sensors and allows the cat, that is supposed to, come in.

 

These doors don’t always open as they should and the research we’ve seen informs us that the more head knocks a cat has while trying to get through the flap is actually contributing to early onset Feline Dementia.

 

This form of dementia is also not covered by your pet's insurance as it’s seen as the owners own cause and effect.

 

So, this is what we’ve done about it…

 

You may laugh, you might even think it’s a little bit silly. But we couldn't just let our little companions suffer at our own expense.

 

The microchip in helmet not on the neck

 

We are working on two options, a pad for your cat flap, or a cat helmet. 

 

So not only can you rest assured that your cat will be as well protected from suffering from the debilitating disease, but the helmet also gives you the opportunity to feel comfortable taking your beloved out for rides (cycle/motor) and put the risk of head injuries to both you and your cat behind you.

 

 

 

https://www.thesprucepets.com/senior-dementia-in-cats-3384896

 

https://trupanion.com/pet-care/feline-senile-dementia




Iain O'Brien
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2 Responses

Chris
Chris

April 17, 2019

Never mind about Cat’s.
What about the loyal Dogs always performing their masters wishes.
They deserve a mention😊

Scott J
Scott J

April 01, 2019

I have been well aware of this issue for some time and knew you were working on a solution with the introduction of the “Hedkayse Cat”. That was one of the reasons for inspiring me to come up with one of the suggestions I made for the name of the new helmet colour …. “Cat Shadow” OR “Cat Moonshadow”.

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