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Terri, Feline Healthcare Expert
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I have an 18+ cat that has been on hyperthyroidism meds -6

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I have an 18+ cat that has been on hyperthyroidism meds for 5-6 months. I just noticed he was breathing very loud while sleeping. Also he whines at the most inopportune times in the middle of the night. Is he just senile???
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Terri replied 1 year ago.

Dear Lauren,

I am so sorry you are having this and the howling problem.Hyperthyroid (causes vocalization) can be the cause but so can hearing loss.

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 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.

There are severaly 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 plugins as these will calm him down, he can get very anxious at night. You can get them at some pet supplies or

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 this age too.

There are vet scripted drugs like enalapril that can be very helpful for dementia want to try homeopaths first, get rescue remedy at a pet supply or products at:

You are 100% right to feed wet food. It is more hydrating and best for cats. Dry causes vomiting, diabetes, UT"s and other issues.

Please read articles written by a feline vet:

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

The fact that your baby is alive and well at his age is a tribute to you and the remarkable care you have given him .May God bless you.

Try these suggestions and you can enjoy his old age in peace - and quiet.

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

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