Here's why thecat meows at nightand is restless. What to do when thecat meows loudlyor strangely, useful tips for taking care of cats, even aelderly cat.
This anomaly is more common in the older cat. If your cat engages in bizarre and unusual behaviors, you would do well to contact your trusted vet. THEcatsunfortunately, they cannot speak and it must be the human who interprets all possible signals, meowing is one of them.
Let's break the ice right away and get to the point:why does the cat meow at night?The reasons may be different, if the cat is elderly, it could be a degenerative pathology.
Cat meows at night
If thecathe is agitated and meows at night, there may be a nocturnal animal that disturbs him. For example, if thecatis in the garden, know that theeagle owlhe is a fearsome hunter. Cats are afraid of owls. Geckos and cockroaches could also be the cause of your cat's nocturnal agitation. If you exclude the hypothesis of another intruding animal, then your cat may have ailments.
If thecathe is extremely quiet during the day, when he is apathetic and without energy but then, at night, he gets very agitated, it could be a cognitive disorder related to old age.
Theelderly catwho is affected by this cognitive disorder (a bit like Alzheimer's syndrome develops in humans) shows various symptoms, such as:
- Fixed in the void
- Eat listlessly
- It does not respond to the stimuli of the owner
- Do not play
- Show apathy
- Loss of energy and sleepiness
- It meows loudly at night for no reason
- At night, he feels agitated and disoriented
In fact, the cat meows at nightbecause he feels lost and confused, disoriented:loud meowbecause she is anxious and wanders around the house in search of points of reference. Veterinarians assume that thecatfails to recognize the place where he is and in his agitation, he looks for points of reference. The cat meows loudly out of anguish.
Other symptoms associated with this related cognitive disordersenile degeneration of the brain(that's why we talk aboutelderly cat) I'm:
- The cat does not go to the toilet because it does not remember where it is or because it does not remember having beentrainedto get it in the litter box.
- The intellectual faculties of the cat decrease, so if the owner was used to playing certain games with the feline, he could find himself with a cat that does not know that he has learned certain habits.
- The feline's agility is lowered.
What to do if the cat meows at night
First you need to understand thecause: why does the cat meow at night? Try to control the house, are these sporadic events or a fixed habit? Check that there are no intruders who can agitate the little cat. A cat in pain may meow loudly in anguish. Try to eliminate any possible causes and get your cat for a vet visit.
If the experienced veterinarian identifies signs of "feline Alzheimer's syndrome" better defined as adegenerative disease of feline senility,could offer you onespecific care. Know that thedrug treatmentsthey are not very effective. It might be wise to supplement the cat's diet with vitamins and micronutrients essential for supporting the activities of the central nervous system. To counteract neurocognitive degeneration, veterinarians recommend giving the cat supplements based on vitamin E, omega 3 fatty acids and omega 6 fatty acids.
There is no shortage of drugs that support cerebral circulation and slow down the rate at which the disease progresses. Supplements and medications help to slow the disease but do not offer complete recovery.
If your cat is young, you can prevent degenerative diseases by keeping him exercised: just like us humans, stimulation is also good for cats to keep the neural network healthy. Every day, try to devote time to the cat by doing exercises that will stimulate his physical and intellectual abilities.
If thecat meows at night, it is better to reassure him and keep him calm. After the veterinary visit, avoid transporting the cat from one place to another and, above all, do not place it alongside a young cat. Cats love company but not when they are older.
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