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    jselleck posted:
    My husband and I have a 10 year old neutered male domestic short hair that has a sleeping problem. Seems that lately he's been sleeping so deeply that my husband can pick him up and move him from one place to another without him waking up. This has also caused a slight inconsistent problem when he sleeps hard. I'm curious as to what might be causing this.
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    Bernadine Cruz, DVM responded:
    I've heard of sleeping soundly but this just doesn't seem appropriate. As pets age, their hearing starts to fail and they do sleep more (sounds like my aged mom). Being able to pick it up without wakening it is not typical. Pets can develop bladder incontinence (I think that is what you were trying to say) for a number of reasons. The aging process can cause the muscles controlling the flow of urine to weaken and the sound sleeping causes further relaxation and they wet the bed. Bladder and kidney weakening can also exacerbate an aged bladder. Diabetes, liver conditions and infections can lead to pet that drinks more and urinates more. I would strongly recommend having your pet examined by your veterinarian. A general blood and urine test may be just what the kitty needs. In the mean time, try putting on of the adult incontinence pads where the cat likes to sleep.
    Best of luck...
    Dr. Bernadine Crz


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