In the past few weeks we’ve noticed that he is even lazier than usual. He’s not ill. He eats well, drinks plenty of water, and has no trouble evacuating, but he just doesn’t have the same pep and verve that he used to. Nowadays all he wants to do is lie about and sleep. He won’t play any games with me. He rarely gets into mischief. These days the only time he shows any signs of enthusiasm is when Sonbeam gets home from work, and even then only for a short while.
Ben will be 10 years old next month. According to my research, most healthy indoor cats can expect to live until 15 if not longer. Why is my pampered puss aging so quickly? I wish I knew. So far I haven’t taken him to the vet (as I’ve said, he eats well, evacuates well, and isn’t in any obvious pain) but I wonder if I should do so just to have him checked out for incurable diseases. If it turns out that he has one, then sorry but my response will be swift and painless. It’s the least I can do. I only hope that somebody has the courage to do the same for me, some day.