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Did your veterinarian check blood work, or just a urinalysis?
Okay. The first thing would be to check full blood work to make sure that he is not going into kidney failure and to make sure he does not have hyperthyroidism. Those are two things that could cause increased urination and could also cause the howling.
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If the blood work is normal, then I suspect the urination and the howling are related to dementia.
Dementia can be hard to treat... you can try treating it with a Feliway Diffuser that you can plug in... you buy them from pet stores.
They emit a pheromone that calms and soothes cats, and it can sometimes help in cases of dementia when cats are howling.
But the most important thing would be to check the blood work.
Hyperthyroidism results in increased appetite in most cases, but you are correct, they often drop weight.
Dementia is hard to treat, but you can try the Feliway Diffuser that I mentioned above to see if it helps with vocalization.
You can buy them on Amazon.com or at pet stores. It may not be a bad idea to try that first.
I am sure he is not doing this to act out... either he is having a medical problem that blood work will show, or he is having cognitive dysfunction, which happens with our older animals. I am so sorry you are dealing with this! Good luck.
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