Cat Veterinary

Have Cat Questions? Ask a Cat Vet Online.

Ask a Cat Veterinarian,
Get an Answer ASAP!

My cat is twenty yrs old and she cries constantly. Can you…

Customer Question
My cat is twenty...

My cat is twenty yrs old and she cries constantly. Can you tell me what to do

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. The noise must be worrying. I'll connect you to the Veterinarian. What is the cat's name?

Mitsey

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Mitsey?

No she just started this

Submitted: 4 months ago.Category: Cat Veterinary
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Cat Veterinary Question
Answered in 4 minutes by:
1/2/2018
Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Kara, Veterinarian replied 4 months ago
Dr. Kara
Dr. Kara, Veterinarian
Category: Cat Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 18,397
Experience: Over 20 years of experience as a veterinarian.
Verified

Hello, I'm Dr. Kara. I have over 20 years of experience as a veterinarian and I'd like to help. Please give me a moment to review your concerns.

Ask Your Own Cat Veterinary Question
Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Kara, Veterinarian replied 4 months ago

I'm sorry to hear that Mitsey is suddenly crying constantly but she's certainly gotten your attention hasn't she?

Cats that yowl are trying to tell us something, unfortunately many problems can cause yelling so it takes some detective work to figure out exactly what the problem (or problems) is (are).

It's best to start with a thorough physical exam by her veterinarian. If her physical examination is within normal limits she may need further diagnostic tests to find the cause.

I would start with a complete blood count, biochemistry profile and T-4.

Hyperthyroidism or an overactive thyroid gland is usually caused by a thyroid gland tumor. It can put cats on edge as they are overstimulated and can make them hungrier as well as it causes a ramped up metabolism where they burn more calories. Both of these things can lead to yowling. This can be diagnosed with a blood test.

A sore tooth, gum infections or a mass on the tongue or tonsils can lead to pain when eating and could be the cause of her yelling. She may need sedation by her veterinarian to fully examine her teeth, tonsils and tongue and diagnose these conditions but it won't hurt for you to take a look if she will let you.

Early senility or dementia often causes cats to vocalize more. They are literally yelling because they are lost and confused and are calling for help. This is usually a diagnosis of exclusion meaning that physically everything looks and tests out normal but they are still vocalizing much more than usual.

Her sight may not be what it once was so leaving on night-lights to help her see may help. Cats normally see much better than we do, so this might be difficult for you to pick up on during the day when there is lots of light. It would be worth using plug in night lights around the house to see if that helps her see and feel more secure.

As animals age they sleep less soundly. It may help to play with her more during the day/evening so she is tired at bedtime and sleeps better. In some cases using music or "white noise" machines to block outside noise is helpful.

If her days and nights seem a bit mixed up it may help to give her a supplement called Melatonin. This is a naturally found hormone in animals and people that helps regulate the sleep/wake cycle and is involved in seasonal shedding. It can help them relax and sleep, and in cases that have abnormal shedding patterns related to seasonal light changes or abnormal growth hormone fluctuations. The usual dose in cats is 2mg to 4mg per cat every 12 to 24 hours. Make sure to give a dose 2 hours before bedtime. Make sure to read the label and DO NOT use the fast dissolve tablets of Melatonin with xylitol as xylitol is toxic for cats.

We can use calming sprays or diffusors containing Feliway (a synthetic version of a calming pheromone), a homeopathic drop added to his food or water called Rescue Remedy, or a supplement called Zylkene.

Drugs such as Anipryl (selegilene) can help with brain function. If that isn't enough then your veterinarian may prescribe a low dose calming medication like alprazolam.

In short it sounds like Mitsey needs a physical examination and minimally some blood tests taken to look for reasons for her "crying". If there isn't a physical cause then we can proceed with altering her environment and using things to reduce anxiety.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Ask Your Own Cat Veterinary Question
Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Kara, Veterinarian replied 4 months ago

Hello, I wanted to make sure that you didn't have any further questions for me, and I'd like to know how things turned out for your kitty. If you could give me an update that would be great, thank you, ***** *****

Ask Your Own Cat Veterinary Question
Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Kara, Veterinarian replied 4 months ago
Hi,

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

Dr. Kara
Ask Your Own Cat Veterinary Question
Was this answer helpful?
Ask Dr. Kara Your Own Question
Dr. Kara
Dr. Kara
Dr. Kara, Veterinarian
Category: Cat Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 18,397
18,397 Satisfied Customers
Experience: Over 20 years of experience as a veterinarian.

Dr. Kara is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

It was so professional, so personally concerned (as we were) and you answered all of our questions. George and I are so happy that I found "JustAnswer" on my Google search -- you are now in my "Favorites" list! And, yes we do love our kitty - she makes our life complete!

Bev & GeorgeBoca Raton, FL

Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help.

Mary C.Freshfield, Liverpool, UK

This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!!

AlexLos Angeles, CA

Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult.

GPHesperia, CA

I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion.

JustinKernersville, NC

Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around.

EstherWoodstock, NY

Thank you so much for taking your time and knowledge to support my concerns. Not only did you answer my questions, you even took it a step further with replying with more pertinent information I needed to know.

RobinElkton, Maryland

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Dr. Gary

Dr. Gary

Cat Veterinarian

3,951 satisfied customers

DVM, Emergency Veterinarian, BS (Physiology)

Dr. Andy

Dr. Andy

Medical Director

4,790 satisfied customers

UC Davis graduate, Interests: Dermatology, Internal Medicine, Pain Management

Dr. Bruce

Dr. Bruce

Veterinarian

4,604 satisfied customers

15 years of experience as a small animal veterinarian

Dr. Scott

Dr. Scott

Veterinarian

3,998 satisfied customers

15 years of small animal, equine and pocket pet experience in medicine and surgery.

Rebecca

Rebecca

Cat Veterinarian

3,791 satisfied customers

More than 30 years of companion animal practice.

Dr. Drew

Dr. Drew

Cat Veterinarian

3,076 satisfied customers

Small Animal Medicine and Surgery

Dr. Deb

Dr. Deb

Cat Veterinarian

2,941 satisfied customers

I have been a practicing veterinarian for over 30 years.

< Previous | Next >

Related Cat Veterinary Questions
My cat is sick he is throwing up, losing weight and hair. I
My cat is sick he is throwing up, losing weight and hair. I took him to the vet and $220. later they think he may have an infection and put him on antibiotics. I have a copy of his blood work, but am … read more
Dr. Lee
Dr. Lee
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
4,959 satisfied customers
My 15 year old cat began breathing heavy and has slowed down
My 15 year old cat began breathing heavy and has slowed down significantly. The vet that I have taken her to advised that she has fluid around her lungs. They placed her under an oxygen tent for appro… read more
Vet help
Vet help
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
2,072 satisfied customers
What medicine can I give my cat to relieve gas in his intestines?
What medicine can I give my cat to relieve gas in his intestines? He is 19, and hadn't been eating very much food. I hydrated him, and gave him a food stimulant. And lactolose which he gets 2 ml every… read more
Dr. Peter
Dr. Peter
Doctors Degree
14,326 satisfied customers
My 17 year old female has had hyperthyroidism for about 6
My 17 year old female has had hyperthyroidism for about 6 years now she just started to loose her back legs and her weight has gone down from 5.8 lbs jot 4.2 lbs over the past 3 months the vet says it… read more
Dr. Rachel
Dr. Rachel
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
942 satisfied customers
He was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism about 2 months ago.
He was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism about 2 months ago. The vet put him on a thyroid pill, a heart pill because he had an irregular hrartbeat from the thryroid being too active, lasyx and potassium.… read more
Terri
Terri
Healthcare/behavior specialist
Private
22,069 satisfied customers
Hyperthyroidism and is taking pills now. Has lost alot of
Hyperthyroidism and is taking pills now. Has lost alot of weight and has no appetite. The vet gave him something to make him want to eat but it's not working and he has green diaharrea. … read more
Dr. Kara
Dr. Kara
Veterinarian
18,397 satisfied customers
My cat was recently diagnosed with hyperthyroidism. She was
My cat was recently diagnosed with hyperthyroidism. She was prescribed felimazole And took the drug for five weeks. Although her thyroid levels went down quite a bit her liver enzymes went up a lot. I… read more
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin
Veterinarian
DVM
3 satisfied customers
My cat has hyperthyroidism and is on medication 2x a day. He
My cat has hyperthyroidism and is on medication 2x a day. He has been vomiting so he is on meds for that. Now, today, he vomited blood 2x. Is this a part of hyperthyroidism? … read more
Dr. Schmidt
Dr. Schmidt
Associate Veterinarian
DVM
939 satisfied customers
My cat has hyperthyroidism and is on medication 2x a day. He
Second opinion] My cat has hyperthyroidism and is on medication 2x a day. He has been vomiting so he is on meds for that. Now, today, he vomited blood 2x. Is this a part of hyperthyroidism? … read more
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin
Veterinarian
DVM
3 satisfied customers
I found you online because I too have a hyperthyroid cat
Hi- I found you online because I too have a hyperthyroid cat with thick mucus drools. He's 13 and full blood panel suggest Kidneys are fine. The vet sedated him and checked his mouth and throat and fo… read more
PitRottMommy
PitRottMommy
Veterinary Nurse
Associate Degree
10,455 satisfied customers
My 13 year old female has hyperthyroidism. I put her on on
Hi, My 13 year old female has hyperthyroidism. I put her on on thyroid gold by pet well-being and grizzly salmon oil. I changed her food to grain-free and high protein. She gained some weight back but… read more
Dr. Rachel
Dr. Rachel
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
942 satisfied customers
She is 18. Has been diagnosed with hyperthyroidism and will
She is 18. Has been diagnosed with hyperthyroidism and will not eat the Hill's y/d. She is continuing to lose weight. … read more
Scott Perry
Scott Perry
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
2,490 satisfied customers
She has hyperthyroidism and is on methimazole and still
She has hyperthyroidism and is on methimazole and still losing weight. In 2 yrs. she has gone from an 8lb cat to a 4lb cat. I have been feeding her thyroid cat food and the vet suggested feeding her h… read more
Dr. Schmidt
Dr. Schmidt
Associate Veterinarian
DVM
939 satisfied customers
My 16 year old cat is crying (howling) all night long. She
My 16 year old cat is crying (howling) all night long. She has been doing this for over a year now and both my husband and I are not getting any sleep. What can we do? I'm ready to strangle her :) Whe… read more
Rebecca
Rebecca
Cat Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
3,791 satisfied customers
My cat has been meowing like she is in heat but has been fixed.
My cat has been meowing like she is in heat but has been fixed. She does this all day and night, she will stop after I pay some attention but will continue shortly. She is even doing this in the middl… read more
Dr. K
Dr. K
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
2,462 satisfied customers
A couple of days ago my cat started running into walls. He
A couple of days ago my cat started running into walls. He can find his food, his water, and his littler box. His eyes don't look cloudy to me. Do you think he is starting to lose his eyesight or is i… read more
Denver ER Doc
Denver ER Doc
Veterinary Acupuncturist, Locum
Doctoral Degree
1,250 satisfied customers
Theres something wrong with my cats tongue. It curls to
There's something wrong with my cat's tongue. It curls to one side of her mouth. She can't use it to eat/drink. She keeps going near her food/water and puts her mouth down as if to eat/drink but she c… read more
Dr. Bob
Dr. Bob
Practice owner
Doctoral Degree
6,702 satisfied customers
Can a cat have Prader-Willi syndrome or something like it
Can a cat have Prader-Willi syndrome or something like it? My cat tries to eat anything possible that she hasn't found to be previously inedible...I am scared she will hurt herself, tonight it was lef… read more
DrChristineM
DrChristineM
Associate Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
1,872 satisfied customers
Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x