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Mon Jun 22, 2020, 04:53 PM

Help with cat.

Have the bugger for 14 years. About two weeks ago, started "yowling" ... 2 a.m., 3 a.m., various times throughout the night. Stops around 7:00.

If I get up and pet her, she's ok for about an hour or two. She does not go in my room.

I don't believe it is pain because she does not continue this in daytime.

Thoughts?

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Reply Help with cat. (Original post)
3Hotdogs Jun 22 OP
The Velveteen Ocelot Jun 22 #1
SheltieLover Jun 22 #3
Moostache Jun 22 #2
BusyBeingBest Jun 22 #4
SheltieLover Jun 22 #5
3Hotdogs Jun 22 #10
SheltieLover Jun 22 #16
Doreen Jun 22 #6
3Hotdogs Jun 22 #11
packman Jun 22 #14
spinbaby Jun 22 #7
Karadeniz Jun 22 #8
Laffy Kat Jun 22 #13
SheltieLover Jun 22 #17
Phoenix61 Jun 22 #9
Laffy Kat Jun 22 #12
3catwoman3 Jun 22 #15
radical noodle Jun 24 #18
3Hotdogs Jun 24 #19

Response to 3Hotdogs (Original post)

Mon Jun 22, 2020, 04:55 PM

1. It's pretty common in older cats.

They can get confused and disoriented at night. http://www.animalplanet.com/pets/cats-howl-when-they-get-older/

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #1)

Mon Jun 22, 2020, 05:02 PM

3. Ty for article

Very interesting!

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Response to 3Hotdogs (Original post)

Mon Jun 22, 2020, 04:59 PM

2. Leave a small might light on for her?

Not sure to be honest....we have had a lot of cats, but none that refused to come into our room or to the second floor of the house (where the bedrooms are all at)...

Maybe ask your vet too? Might be able to change food or something if it were digestive? Older cats can also be picky eaters in my experience...

Good luck!

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Response to 3Hotdogs (Original post)

Mon Jun 22, 2020, 05:03 PM

4. One of my kitties is a daily yowler, she yowls in the basement

and in the guest bathroom. Doesn't seem to be connected to anything, very random. A dear departed male cat I used to have yowled sometimes when using his litter box as he got older--he had chronic kidney/urinary tract/bowel issues.

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Response to 3Hotdogs (Original post)

Mon Jun 22, 2020, 05:06 PM

5. Does your kitty get outdoors?

Just guessing here, but if you taker her out & let her hear dawn symphony / watch birds, etc., perhaps that might help.

My vet rxd a transdermal compounded antidepressant for mine for short term use for different reason.

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Response to SheltieLover (Reply #5)

Mon Jun 22, 2020, 06:11 PM

10. Never outdoors

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Response to 3Hotdogs (Reply #10)

Mon Jun 22, 2020, 07:54 PM

16. Could you carry her out & hold her?

I do that sometimes with my (strictly!) Indoor kitty. Giv3s them a change of scenery. Just thinking your kitty might sleep better. (?)

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Response to 3Hotdogs (Original post)

Mon Jun 22, 2020, 05:10 PM

6. If she used to sleep in bed with you and no longer does it might be

because it is hard for her to get on the bed. Steps or ramps up to bed and furniture. Sometimes it is arthritis, or balance or lack of distance judgement to jump up on to things. A small electric pad covered with blankets on low at night can provide a warm secure place also. I would also suggest a specific "senior check" up with the vet.

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Response to Doreen (Reply #6)

Mon Jun 22, 2020, 06:13 PM

11. Slept, and stil has access to sleep in room mates bed

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Response to Doreen (Reply #6)

Mon Jun 22, 2020, 06:50 PM

14. Second all you said

My calico, Annie, couldn't get into bed and had obvious hip problems. I made a small step staircase for her and she used it almost to the day she passed. She appreciated the electric pad also and, yes, take her to the vets -

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Response to 3Hotdogs (Original post)

Mon Jun 22, 2020, 05:24 PM

7. I have one that does that

She sounds like she’s in pain, but then just wants to be petted. My vet is of the opinion that she’s senile at 20 years old.

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Response to 3Hotdogs (Original post)

Mon Jun 22, 2020, 05:27 PM

8. I'd take her to the vet for a complete bloodwork.

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Response to Karadeniz (Reply #8)

Mon Jun 22, 2020, 06:42 PM

13. This, first thing! nt

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Response to Karadeniz (Reply #8)

Mon Jun 22, 2020, 07:56 PM

17. Absolutely!

A good exam & blood panel would be where I'd start.

Could kitty have a bad tooth that hurts at night?

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Response to 3Hotdogs (Original post)

Mon Jun 22, 2020, 05:28 PM

9. Sounds like arthritis. CBD oil can really help

with that.

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Response to 3Hotdogs (Original post)

Mon Jun 22, 2020, 06:42 PM

12. Almost positive it's hyperthyroid. That's what they do, yowl all night.

They may also lose weight and their coat might change. I've had several friends who had hyperthyroid kittehs and it's an easy fix. Vet can find out with bloodwork. Kitteh is miserable and making you miserable too. Good luck.

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Response to 3Hotdogs (Original post)

Mon Jun 22, 2020, 06:54 PM

15. Some geriatric cats do what is called night howling.

Some years back, one of ours did that. Our vet was familiar with it and put the cat on Elavil, an antidepressant. Fixed it right up.

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Response to 3Hotdogs (Original post)

Wed Jun 24, 2020, 02:11 AM

18. My perfectly healthy older cat

did that sometimes. It was usually at night or in the early morning hours. I could never figure out what triggered it, but it was almost like she was in a trance when she did it. She would just stand there with a blank stare and yowl. If I went to her and touched her (she was deaf) she would stop and not continue. She lived to be over 20 years old before she had a stroke due to high blood pressure.

I don't think it's pain either. Is she Siamese or part Siamese? Mine was, and her yowl was really something to hear.

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Response to radical noodle (Reply #18)

Wed Jun 24, 2020, 07:26 AM

19. Black cat. I think black cats are all, part Siamese.

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