Hello, Dan and welcome to Just Answer!My name is XXXXX XXXXX thanks very much for requesting me to answer your question about Elvira.You are certainly very close and she is truly bonded to you; that is wonderful!
This is why she was 'jealous' when your roommate moved in and you were giving attention to someone other than her. It's also why she was meowing so much when you returned from your trip. She missed you terribly. However, being a 'senior' cat, she is also more prone to develop certain underlying medical conditions which can also cause excessive vocalization (meowing) and panicking when she doesn't see you. Hyperthyroidism can cause hypervocalization, as can a condition called CDS--Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome. This is like dementia or senility in older cats and she may meow when she feels disoriented or confused in her location. She wants you to come and rescue her. She also may have diminished hearing, which is common in older cats, and she meows so much because her own voice sounds strange to her; she keeps 'testing' it. Here is additional information about these conditions: HyperthyroidismCDSI'm sharing this information with you not to alarm you, just to inform you that older cats may develop these conditions. For this reason, Elvira should be evaluated in person by her vet and have a routine senior blood work-up (including a thyroid test) to make sure all is well. She may just be meowing so much because she's naturally verbal and she misses you and is afraid when she doesn't see you or hear you in the house. It might be a good idea to try a cat appeasing pheromone called Feliway. It comes in a spray and plug in diffuser. It emits calming pheromones (humans can't smell it) and helps stressed/anxious cats. All major pet supply stores carry it. Here is more information: Feliway There are also calming treats made by Composure treats, so look for those in the store as well, and you can also use Rescue Remedy for Pets , a homeopathic liquid that you can add to her water or rub on her gums. Use one or the other oral remedies; don't use them together. However, they can be used along with the Feliway.First, take her to the vet for an examination and blood work and I hope all will be well with your sweet Elvira!
cher.your answer was very well recieved.i ve given her more attention and the meowing has slowed-she still can't stand my roomate and still gives him the evil eye though
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