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Cher, Cat Behavior-expert
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Experience:  40+ years Cat Behavior Consultant; Vol. Vet Asst.
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I have a cat that I have had for 17 years. He has always

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I have a cat that I have had for 17 years. He has always been a skittish cat and did not want anything to do with my husband and I, nor the two dogs. He used to just love and adore my 18 year old cat. Unfortunately, my 18 year old baby passed 6/9/2016 from kidney disease. Now this cat has become a little more friendly in that if you stick your hand out he wants to be pet, but you still can't approach him or he runs away. Anyway, since the passing of my other cat he is driving me and my husband NUTS with his meowing. Some days he meows almost all day. Everyday he wakes us up between 4AM - 6AM with his stupid meowing. Almost every night he starts meowing around 7 or 8 PM. I would never try to get rid of him but if he keeps this up I am going to go insane. I have not had a descent nights rest in over two months.
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Cat Behavior
Expert:  Cher replied 2 months ago.
Hello, and welcome.My name is ***** ***** I will be glad to help. I know how frustrating this is for you.I'm sorry you did not receive an earlier answer, but different experts are online at various times and I recently logged in and was notified of your question. Your patience is greatly appreciated!My heartfelt condolences on the recent passing of your older cat.I believe your 17 year old furry boy may be constantly meowing for several reasons; first, he misses his buddy, feels alone (even though you're there, you're not a feline) and it's part of his grieving--cats grieve, too) and I also think it's possible that he may have developed hyperthyroidism, which is very common in older cats. Hypervocalization is only one symptom of the disease, but all symptoms do not have to be present for him to test positive. Here is more information for you to read about this medical condition: can be treated with medication that is not difficult to give.It's also possible that he is developing Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome (CDS), which is like dementia or Alzheimer's in aged humans. He may panic when he can't see you or is just letting you know that he's confused and scared and needs your attention. Here is more information about hypervocalization in cats, causes and treatments and CDS:
---------Get some Feliway plug in diffusers; these emit cat calming pheromones that will help him feel more relaxed. Here is more information:
---------At this time, it would be a good next step to have him evaluated by his vet and lab work done, including a thyroid panel (Free T4), to determine if there is any underlying medical problem causing his constant meowing. If no medical problem is found, as a last resort, discuss with your vet, a prescription medication that might help him feel less anxious or stressed and would limit the meowing. You can do this after trying some of the methods described in the website, above.I hope you found this helpful and all will be well with your kitty, plus, you're able to get some much needed sleep, soon!Please be so kind as to rate my answer with positive feedback, as that is the only way I receive recognition from the site for my assistance. Thank you very much!Providing a positive rating will not end our conversation, should you need me for any follow-up. Simply click 'Reply' for clarification or additional information, if needed.Warmest regards,