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We have a very old cat (taken on from a neighbour about 16

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We have a very old cat (taken on from a neighbour about 16 months ago) who is 22 and is in very good shape. Eats well, has little exercise now, has a beautiful coat, and her toilet is fine. She has a deep throated growl - is this normal in an old cat or is there a problem.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr. Susan replied 1 year ago.
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It's difficult to say if this is a problem, since you have only had her for a short time.

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It is possible that she has done this behavior all along.

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If we knew that this was a new behavior, I would be concerned about the possibility of a structural change or growth in her throat.

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The way to investigate this would be to have her evaluated by your local vet. I would start with a physical exam and sedation to examine her larynx/pharynx area.

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If there is something abnormal seen, I recommend biopsy.

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If everything appears normal, I would simply continue to monitor her activity level, appetite, and litter box habits.

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