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This type of increased vocalization can be common as a cat ages. There are several possible causes for this. The first is she could have a true medical problem and the most common we find associated with this is hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid) which is treatable. Rarely I have found other issues such as chronic renal disease or a urinary tract infection, although those issues usually come with other symptoms we notice such as increased water intake and output.
Another possibility is loss of hearing or visual changes which can lead to this type of meowing. With an ear infection, hearing issues are very possible. As well, some cats do develop some level of senility/dementia which can lead to this. If you vet feels this is dementia then there is potential medication which might help. I always advise my clients to be sure not to reward her in the middle of the night by waking up and giving her attention or feeding her because then her routine will shift to have you always do this.
So, I would recommend touch base with your vet and if not done within the past 2-3 months, I would advocate a wellness screening profile that would include a CBC, chemistry profile, urine check and thyroid screening. This is our standard senior wellness panel.
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