Bless you for getting Misty to 8 years of age!
Howling at water bowl is a symptom of underhydation. When he kidneys do not work perfectly, the cat can get dehydrated and constipated. You can give her one to two ounces of whole milk every other day. It is a natural laxative.
She can also have tuna water drained from the can 3 times a week.
Older cats experience confusion but it is usually related to hearing or other sensory loss.When an older cat begins howling at night it is almost always associated with hearing loss. The cat is not totally deaf but her hearing is reduced and her own voice sounds so DIFFERENT to her she will go around howling so she can test the tonal quality of her voice much like hearing impaired humans speak loudly or nasal.
There are several things you can do. Play a radio softly at night so she does not "hear" so much quiet. Leave a soft light on so she does not "see" so much darkness. Get some feliway plugins as these will calm her down, she can get very anxious at night. You can get them at some pet supplies or http://www.catfaeries.com/
Older cats suffer from other deminished senses as well. Loss of sight, smell and hearing can cause confusion and disorientation. This is quite disturbing to your baby Kitty dementia is quite common at ths age too.
There are vet scripted drugs like anapril that can be very helpful for dementia but.you want to try homeopaths first, get rescue remedy at a pet supply or products at:
It is best to feed her canned food because it contains 60% water.
Turkey contains l-triptophan and is sleep inducing.
Please let me know how Misty is doing. I will always be here for you.
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