Q: Fourteen years ago, I adopted three cats from our local humane society. Within the past 9 months, I lost my youngest and oldest cats. Remaining is Hunter, my 17 year old. Initially, he didn‘t seem to care that the other cats had died, but now he seems lost or lonely. Perhaps old age is just creeping up on him. Would adopting another playmate help him? —W.C., Eagan, MN
A: First, have Hunter checked out by your veterinarian, not only for disease but also (based on your saying he seems lost or lonely) for feline cognitive dysfunction syndrome, which is similar to a cat’s version of Alzheimer’s. Sometimes when profound changes occur in their lives, cats don‘t wear their emotions on their sleeves, but it looks as if Hunter is registering some signs of distress.