I have four cats and know the ages of three of them but not this cat. I rescued her 8 or 9 years ago when she appeared in my yard pregnant and horribly thin. She was friendly and sweet. I put food out and opened my carriage house door and garden house for her to find shelter. After she was absent for a day, she appeared.. much thinner still. It took me two weeks to find her babies under a neighbor's porch. I put her in a carrier and got the three babies and brought them inside to my upstairs away from my other cats. I fostered them and then the two boys went to the same family, and I kept mom and lookalike daughter..both Torties. Nellie, the mom was thought to be 8 years old or so back then by the vet, so I'm wondering if this is an age thing. She doesn't have bald spots, just all over thinning and her neck looks scrawny. She has not lost weight and eats well. Is this because she is just an old gal?