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why is my cat meowing non stop all night long.

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why is my cat meowing non stop all night long.<br/><br/>I have tried ignoring him, cuddling him, feeding him, playing with him....He started doing this about 2 years ago. He comes into the bedroom and just meows. He is fixed and so are all the other neighborhood animals that hang around. My cat is an indoor only cat and has his brother for companionship and a dog he gets along with. The meowing is driving me NUTS! I lock him in a spare bedroom now at night because I can't take it. Please help. PS- he had a check up at the vet recently & is healthy.
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Terri replied 6 years ago.
Hello,

How long is he doing this?
is it only at night?
is he fed at specific times or has food out all the time
what does he eat?
Thanks,
Terri
Customer: replied 6 years ago.

HI,

How long is he doing this? about 2 years
is it only at night? mostly
is he fed at specific times or has food out all the time? food is out all the time
what does he eat? he is on a special diet. he eats Urinary S/O kibble by Royal Canin and he gets wet occasionally and I feed them wellness wet or blue buffale wet.

 

thanks

Expert:  Terri replied 6 years ago.

Hi there,

 

I am so glad to hear from you!

Please give me a few minutes to type detailed answer for you.

 

Thanks,

Terri

Expert:  Terri replied 6 years ago.

Dear friend,

I am sorry you are having trouble with your boy.

 

There are several possibilities for his talking.

 

One is hearing loss. I know he is young but it can happen at any age (even from birth)

When a cat is hard of hearing he becomes more upset at night (like sundowners syndrome).

The cat is not totally deaf but his hearing is reduced and his own voice sounds so DIFFERENT to him he will go around howling so he can test the tonal quality of his voice much like hearing impaired humans speak loudly or nasal.

He is then very dependent on his human mommy.

 

There are several things you can do. Play a radio softly at night so he does not "hear" so much quiet. Leave a soft light on so he does not "see" so much darkness. Get some feliway plug ins as these will calm him down, he can get very anxious at night. You can get them at some pet supplies or http://www.catfaeries.com/

 

http://www.petplace.com/drug-library/feliway/page1.aspx

 

http://www.rescueremedy.com/products/

Feed him a canned food meal with turkey as it contains l-triptophan and is sleep inducing.

Get some foraging toys to keep him busy

 

http://www.pawswhiskersandclaws.com/pwc%20foraging.pdf

http://www.catsplay.com/smartcat_peek.php3

 

Tire him out with a laser pointer or feather wand.

 

I hope this help you quiet him down so you can enjoy him.

 

 

Please let me know if you still have questions. I will always be here for you and your baby

Warmest best wishes,

Terri

 

 

Customer: replied 6 years ago.

How do they test to see if this is the case? What can cause hearing loss in a younger cat?

 

Expert:  Terri replied 6 years ago.

His hearing loss may be a birth defect that got worse over time.

It is the same as a baby being born that way.

You can test by ringing a bell from 50 feet away and see if his ears perk up.

A well hearing cat cat can hear the click or a cat food can opening from 500 feet away.

I am not saying he is totally deaf but any diminished hearig can cause his constant verbalization, especially at nght.

 

Best of luck with him, he sounds like a great kitty except for his talking.He is very lucky to have YOU for a "mommy"!

 

 

Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Hi, I was out of town. Sorry for the delay. I have tested my cat and he seems to hear just fine. He can hear treats from across the house. Any other suggestions?
Expert:  Terri replied 6 years ago.

Hello,

Is he still meowing all night?

Thanks,

Terri

Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Yes. He walks around the house and just meows. Does it during the day too sometimes. Also, he drags his butt a lot. I think it's behaviorial. He's an odd one!
Expert:  Terri replied 6 years ago.

Yes it is quite odd.

If his hearing is fine have him checked for hyperthyroid as that is the next suspect is a high T4.

Please let me know what happens

Best of luck,

Terri

Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Thank u
Expert:  Terri replied 6 years ago.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You are more than welcome.

Also check his anal sacs, re the butt dragging:

 

http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_anal_sacs.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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