My cat is very vocal normally, but on a recent trip away from him (1 wk with someone coming in every other day during the week) he has been caterwauling continuously if I am not petting or holding or playing with him. What can I do? He sounds in distress!
Pet's Gender: Male
Pet's Age: >12
Name of Cat: Thai
Petting and talking soothingly to him.
Hello,I am sorry to hear Thai is having some trouble. I would love to help I just have a few questions so I can better assist you. Please understand I try to ask all relevant questions at one time, however your reply may prompt a few more. Since I am unable to see your pet I must rely on information.Have you noticed any weight loss, increase in appetite or changes in his drinking or urination?Is he eating normally?When did you get home from your trip?Is this happening all day or just at certain times per day?
He drinks a lot, but only from one particular bowl on my vanity (!), so it's probably not extreme. - Eating well. No weight loss. Pees quite a bit. Got home from trip couple days ago; the meowing started first day. He meows like this when he is not taking his naps.
Thank you for the additional information .It is very possible that this excessive vocalization is due to anxiety from you being gone. Cats do not deal well with change and owners leaving can cause extreme anxiety, loss of appetite and even problems with them using the litter box.I would try to see if you can do some things to decrease anxiety and see if this helps.I would suggest getting at least one Feliway diffuser ( plug in ). These release cat calming pheromones that work very well. You can also try a Feliway collar or your vet may carry the new collar called NurtureCALM Click hereComposure treats also work well for cats.Click here Some experts will also recommend Rescue Remedy and you are welcome to try this but in all honesty we have found this to have little to no effect on cats.Click here If this continues I would have him seen by your vet for a full exam and blood work. Hyperthyroidism is a very common problem in senior cats and this will often cause this type of hyper vocalization.Another possibility would be Feline Cognitive dysfunction. This is similar to dementia in humans and can cause them to be more vocal then normal.Click hereI hope this helps give you some idea on what may be going on with Thai. Please reply back if you have any additional questions.We are testing a new rating system is you have any problem with it please let me know. If you need additional information or clarification an anything please hit the Reply button and I will be happy to continue helping. If your questions have been answered please rate my answer to end our conversation. If you rate a 1 or 2 I will not be compensated for my time. If your intention is to press "I expected more" or " Helped A little" please STOP and reply back to me so I can try to assist you further.Candy
Practicing Veterinary Technician for 26 years.Former Veterinary Practice Owner, Technician Trainer
Hi Kay,I'm just following up on our conversation about Thai. How is everything going?CandyR
Candy, I bought a spray with the hormone you suggested and sprayed it on all his "beds". I have seen (or heard, I should say, ha. ha.) a significant improvement in his caterwauling and he seems much more relaxed. I had used this kind of spray years ago when I introduced a new cat into the household and it worked, but forgot that it might work this way as well. Thanks so much for your help! We are both much happier!
Yay I am so glad to hear the spray is helping and he is calming down. He was just making sure you knew he did not appreciate you going away
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