Geriatric Cat

  1. Does anyone have any info on a cat who seems to cry all the time lately? My cat is 15 and just was checked by the vet. Does have a prob. with chronic constipation but everything else okay. This is not a cry of pain but more like attention seeking behavior. It has become very annoying and causes my husband and I sleep.The vet said she could start him on antidepessants, but I really don't want to do that. He also has a problem with vomiting, not always hairballs. Anyone out there who may have a suggestion? I'd appreciate your input. My cat is neutered, so I don't believe thats an issue. HELP!!!
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  3. by   aimeee
    When my old cat lost her hearing she would wander around at night sometimes making the most awful sounds. She would sound like she was being strangled or something. And then when we went and found her she would just be sitting there, no apparent distress, and she would just look at us, like "what?"
  4. by   RN-PA
    When I read your post, Kayzee, I also thought about hearing loss which aimeee mentioned. We had a cat live to be 23 years old and in the last 5 years of her life she was deaf. We first figured it out when we heard these mournful, LOUD meows. Then we did some hearing tests (clapping hands, calling her, etc.) and discovered her hearing loss. It was almost as if she was trying to hear herself "talk" when she cried so loudly. In no apparent distress or pain-- just like aimeee's cat...*sigh* I miss that cat...
  5. by   angelac1978
    don't rule out hairballs for the vomiting. My 6yo kitty couldn't keep anything down for almost a week. When we called the vet, they said to withhold her food and water and give her 1/4tsp of pepto-bismal (man she hated that!) Not sure what the pepto did to her tummy but that night when we came home from work, she had coughed up a horrendous hairball. there was no way this thing could have gone thru her intestines. No wonder she couldn't keep her food down
    You might try the hairball treatment called Laxatone, I got hers at PetSmart. Its a laxative to keep the hairballs from sitting in the kitty's tummy.

    PS When my hubby and I go to bed and turn all the lights off, my kitty will meow like crazy if we leave her in a room by herself! One of us always has to go get her and bring her in the bedroom and then she is fine. Think she's scared of the dark!
  6. by   angelac1978
    PSS the chronic constipation could also be a symptom of hairballs!
  7. by   Kayzee
    Thanks everyone. I'll give the hairball tx. a try. Kayzee.
  8. by   KC CHICK
    My girl is 17....and Siamese, which are loud to begin with. When Darren and I returned from our week-long honeymoon two weeks ago, she started her "attention seeking" behavior. Loud, obnoxious loud as I've ever heard her. She sounds like she's in pain until I go see what's wrong. When I enter the room, she just looks at me and quietly mews. Uggggh! So frustrating. I think it's separation anxiety because we were gone so long.

    Last night, I took her to bed with me....she was a quiet little angel. I think it's mental. Maybe some Prozac would help her. (Might help us too!!!)

    Poor thing. She's in for a rude awakening very soon. We're picking up our new puppy in two weeks. Oh Boy!! Can't wait to see what she does then!

    Last edit by KC CHICK on Jun 7, '02