Hi again, Margaret and thanks for your helpful reply.
I'm very glad to hear that Jai is an indoor-only cat now! : )
There could be various causes for Jai to be howling. There is a condition which older cats are more prone to develop called hyperthyroidism and one of the symptoms is hypervocalization, or 'talking', crying, howling excessively. Here is more information about Hyperthyroidism
Another cause for the howling could be that he is losing his hearing. When this happens, cats will vocalize excessively because their own voice sounds strange to them and they're 'testing' to see if it is really they who are 'talking'. In addition, there is a condition called Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome, which is similar to dementia, senility or Alzheimer's in aged humans. A cat can forget where he is, become confused and disoriented and howl because he's frightened and needs a human to get him out of the situation and back into an area he will recognize. Here is more detailed information about this condition for you to read: CDS
Even though he may not appear in pain, which is great, the only way to know if something is wrong, medically, is to have him evaluated in person by his vet. A routine senior blood panel including a thryoid test will provide more diagnostic tools for the vet.
Also, if he has had kidney problems which necessitated a change to prescription food, make sure he's drinking enough to flush out his urinary system and that he is urinating as usual and not exhibiting signs of a urinary blockage. These typically include going to the litterbox very often with only a few drops or nothing coming out, excessive licking of the gential area due to discomfort, and appearance of general illness like lethargy and vomiting. With male cats, we always have to be on the lookout for this type of thing which is considered a medical emergency.
If Jai seems alright within himself re: eating, drinking, eliminating, etc. that's great, but it would be a good next step to have him seen by his vet and get that lab work done, so you know more.
I hope all will be well with Jai!
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