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Offline no1catman

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Re: Howling - yet varies day to day.
« Reply #6 on: May 30, 2019, 21:33:41 PM »
Thanks for the replies.

Our cat's name is 'Kitty' not one we would have necessarily chosen, but that's what Cat Protection said she was called, so rather than confuse her we kept to it.

Thyroid is okay, was part of the 'bloods' checked at the last Vet visit. So looks like it's down the her senile deafness. Still a puzzle as to what the trigger is to mark one morning more vocal than the next!

I wonder to, do other calico cats leave a fur trail everywhere - layer on the carpet, on the duvet cover, and turning up in the most unlikeliest  of places. Never had anything similar with may previous two (grey & white & tabby), or my Partner's previous six cats!

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Re: Howling - yet varies day to day.
« Reply #5 on: May 30, 2019, 20:29:51 PM »
YES THINK SUE IS RIGHT AND FORGOT MY KOCKA HAD HYPOTHYROIDISM TOO AND USED TO HOWL

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Re: Howling - yet varies day to day.
« Reply #4 on: May 30, 2019, 07:15:23 AM »


Hello No1Catman.  Welcome to Purrs.   :welcome:

Hyperthyroidism would have been my first guess, but deafness can result in this behaviour too.  Especially as cats age, it can become a worrying world when they can't hear as well as they used to - cats' hearing is normally very acute and sensitive. 

Our old cat, Paddy, had a stroke when he was 15.  He went on to live another 5 years, but yowling (particularly at night) was an issue.  Not one we particularly minded, if I'm honest, but then we've always been light sleepers, so less of a problem for us.

What we found helped, was giving him reassurance.  I also used to scoop him up, rest my throat on the back of his neck and speak or sing to him.  He seemed to respond well to the vibrations, and would begin to purr happily. 

What's the name of your calico diva?   :)



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Re: Howling - yet varies day to day.
« Reply #3 on: May 29, 2019, 23:03:27 PM »
I have an 18-year-old deaf lady with similar behaviour. she was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism a while back, which can cause howling. We're so sleep deprived it's getting ridiculous!
Can't suggest much except maybe get her thyroid levels checked.
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Re: Howling - yet varies day to day.
« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2019, 21:44:04 PM »
SOUNDS SHE IS CRYING FOR ATTENTION BUT IF DEAF DOESNT GET THE VOLUME RIGHT

I AM SURE OTHERS WILL HAVE SOME THOUGHTS TOO

AS YOU SAY MORE INFO IS BEST

HOPE SHE SETTLES, I LOVE CALICOS

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Howling - yet varies day to day.
« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2019, 21:04:27 PM »
Kitty is fourteen, a 5+ kilo calico - we've had her for almost five and a half years. Went to a cat specialist vet recently (2nd opinion) happy with bloods etc., but had four teeth out. We thought and hoped, that that would reduce her meowing - yes and no. Certainly not the horrendously loud howling!
Previous cat would howl to go out at night - it had CRF - reduced that by adding warm water to its food. But, Kitty's howls are different. Moreover, not every day is the same - we'd be driven nuts if it was!!
Last night in the early hours three or four loud howls (not meows more ro-OOWW, RO-OOW), goes outside (sensor light goes on) a few minutes later back in, quickly followed by more howls of increasing volume - as she comes up stairs, it continues - I get up to see her, worried she'll wake the neighbours (seriously) - to find her sitting on the banister post on the landing! Gets down, up on the bed on onto the windowsill - then settles on the bed. I'm up at about 7.30, breakfast watch TV, at about 9.15 loud howls erupt, reduce to silent ones when she sees me half up the stairs, comes down - goes out, back in - what happens loud howls!!
Now the puzzle is, most nights are quiet, and many mornings are okay, yet anytime she goes out - she'll invariably howl on return - usually with increasing volume. Its amazing that such volume can come from such a small animal.
Any ideas, why it's worse say once a week?
She's a bit of a diva at times - cries for attention, but purrs when she gets it. Sadly too she does appear largely (senile) deaf.
Anything to look out for, if she gets worse - if she's not suffering from senile dementia - why is she driving us demented!?

Sorry, for the length, but thought better too much than too little. And in case anyone wonders - username given to me about thirty years ago while in Thailand - 'oh you no1catman!' 

 


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