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  Most well-cared-for pet cats can live to age 14 or 15, with some occasionally reaching 20. Life expectancy is increasing due to advances in disease prevention, a better understanding of diet, improved drugs and treatments, and more cats being kept indoors away from traffic hazards. SENIOR YEARS  By about age 10, your cat may begin to show signs of aging: weight loss (or gain), deteriorating eyesight, dental disease, a decrease in mobility, less fastidious grooming, and a thinner, less shiny coat. His personality may change, too, with your cat becoming easily irritated and noisier, especially at night. As a senior, he may occasionally feel disorientated and relieve himself outside the litter box. The older cat will need more frequent health checks. You may want to start increasing his routine visits to the vet to twice a year. Many veterinary practices now offer clinics for older cats, to detect and deal with age-related problems. There are many treatments now avai