I am quite convinced his hearing is significantly impaired
for if he were to appreciate the bloodcurdling noises emanating
from his throat I am quite sure he would stop!
It has also been apparent that his visual awareness has
also become more limited and given his years it is not at
I have decided that his noisy efforts to communicate vocally
are in someway fuelled by his other failing senses. This
appreciation of his fading faculties lends him to be more
anxious than he once was and as such his vocalisations help
him to know that he is still alive and well!
Consequently, I have been using a feline pheromone plug
in diffuser to try and ease any anxiety further. Pheromones
are naturally occurring scents which provide a calming influence
and a feeling of security.............really a case of aromatherapy
for cats! For whilst their other senses may dull with age
their sense of smell remains much more acute than our own.
Providing this atmosphere of familiarisation does appear
to be very successful in the treatment of feline anxiety
and has now been used extensively where cats are known to
be stressed, e.g. travelling, other cats invading their
territory and moving to a new home.
Whilst I remain optimistic of improving Asterix's sense
of well being I have yet to come across a plug in diffuser
for myself which creates an aroma of malt whisky!
Dunne BVMS, Cert SAO, MRCVS
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