Yanno Kay, that is a good question! I have heard of cats living to unbelievable old ages - cats that are outdoor/indoor cats have a shorter lifespan, for obvious and no so obvious reasons I suppose.
I forgot to ask, is Mr.Kitty an indoor/outdoor? I worm all my cats every 3 months even though Abby is the only one who was ever an outdoor. Since her injury she is strictly indoor (cough, cough) sneaky little thing- she still runs out on occasion! But the dogs are in and out - so I feel they all still need routine worming.
My Siamese, Kiss, was the oldest cat I ever had - she was 17 when I finally had to put her down. She had a very loved, very long life with an interesting history. She came to me when she was about 8. It took me 2 years to make the decision to have her put down too
It turned into a quality of life issue .... I supposed had I pushed that issue she might still be here?? *might* being the keyword there - I had her put down almost 3 years ago this month.
Anyway - going way off topic here - if cats are exposed to any animal that goes outdoors they should be wormed on a routine basis. I found this out many years ago the hard way
I try to be faithful with it - and I get the wormer from my vet because the ones from the petstores don't get rid of all the types of worms. The dogs get regular worming with their heartworm medicine every month.
I found with my old cats - when all else fails - they will always beef up and scarf down jars of babyfood meat! Veal is always a favorite, chicken, turkey - what a treat for them! And easy for those old kitty teefers too!
adding some boiled rice mashed into it tends to quell the loose stool they might get from the baby meat. I find Abby tends to just lose her apetite - she's always been such a picky eater tho! Loving one thing for a while then one day - ICK! Turning her nose up at almost everything.
Babyfood meat is how I get her eating again
Oh what we do for our fur kids!