The older one who went missing, we think she might have the beginnings of kitty dementia. :[ She is almost thirteen years old after all. She was missing for a few days before the neighbors picked her up. Normally she comes back inside after a couple of hours. She apparently got lost just down the street from here. She's been an outdoor cat all of her life, she should know this area, and I know she used to.
And she's been extremely vocal recently. I think at first it was just competing with the other cat (who is normally quite vocal) but apparently it can also be a sign of dementia in cats as well. :[
It kind of makes me realize that this is how life goes. Things live and then they get older, and then they die. It makes me sad to think that my cat could have cognitive problems, but I'll do my best to keep her happy and healthy. And that's all I can do. I can't make her younger or reverse time.
But it's okay.