why is my cat howling at night
ItÁsáafter midnight, and you wake up to your cat meowing. This scenario presents a couple of complications: 1) your catÁs indicating she has needs that arenÁt being met and 2) youÁre losing precious sleep. What to do? Thankfully, there are a few possible solutions, but letÁs first look at some reasons for cat meowing at night. Cats are known to sleep for extended periods of time but can be active when theyÁre not sawing logs. If your cat vocalizes at night while
youÁre sleeping, consider these reasons for the behavior: can cause anxiety, which may present itself in meowing or whining, especially at night. Kitty is bored and wants you to wake up and play with her. Hunger or thirst are afoot, and your cat is sounding the alarm. An and her meows are based in confusion. ThereÁs a health-related cause at the root of the vocalization. A newly adopted kitten might feel scared in her new environment. A newly adopted older cat may feel lonely because sheÁs used to the company of other cats at the shelter Á especially if she had bonded with a particular friend. SheÁs disturbed by something she sees outside Á likely another cat. As you can see, there are many reasons for your cat to meow at night. But, thankfully, getting shut-eye might beá easier than you think. Here are some ways to stop your cat from meowing at night: Visit a veterinary professional to rule out any medical reasons that are causing your kittyÁs vocals. As cats age, theyÁre prone to developing thyroid or kidney diseases, which might result in. Because moving can be an exceptionally stressful time for pets, of LazyPaw Animal Hospitals says, ÁMoving tends to throw daily schedules upside down, but keep your petÁs routine as similar to normal as possible.
Stick with feeding schedules, and make time for play and affection. Even a few minutes every day can make your pet feel safe, loved and calm. Á A cat who feels safe and secure is less likely to anxiously meow at night. If cats arenÁt active during the day, they might want to burn off that energy at night. One way to help the burn Á and your likelihood of a good nightÁs sleep Á is to give kitty a good workout before bed. Using wand toys that make her jump or playing chase with a ball are excellent ways to release some of the cat zoomies that are keeping you awake. ItÁs also a good idea to feed your cat and provide fresh water right before you go to bed. Even humans sleep well with a full belly! Cats who suffer from anxiety may need extra assurance and attention from you, especially at bedtime. Bring your cat into the bedroom with you, and even move her bed near yours. Some cats like having a blanket or towel on their humanÁs bed Á oftentimes they like to sleep right next to their person. Showing extra comfort and security can help an anxious or confused cat feel more relaxed and less likely to meow. Newly adopted kittens may meow out of loneliness. Again, playtime before bed is a way to let the baby burn off energy and also bond with you. If youÁre up for it, take the kitten to bed with you at night. The comfort of sleeping with you might calm her down and give you a fighting chance at sleep. Remember, though, a new kitten is a baby, and it may take a few nights for her to settle into her new routine and surroundings. If you find the meowing is directed at activity happening outside the house, simply closing the blinds or curtains might be an easy solution. It is possible to get a good nightÁs sleep when you share your home with a vocal cat.
If youÁve tried our suggestions and are still losing sleep due to a cat meowing at night, itÁs best to follow up with your vet and perhaps consult a behaviorist. Thumbnail:á Photography áIvanJekic E+ / Getty Images. Tell us: Does your cat meow at night? á Have you been able to curb this behavior? What are your tips and tricks? Got your cat to stop meowing but still can t get a good night s sleep? Read more about cats and sleep on Catster. com: Are you fed up with a feline that stopped using the litter box? Concerned for a cat whoÁs sleeping a lot? Or, not sure if what your kitty does is normal? These are all questions you should ask a veterinarian. The Catington Post is thrilled to announce an exciting new partnership with veterinarian, Dr. Liz Bales,á to answer your kitty questions about health, wellness, and behavior! Please give Dr. Bales your warmest welcome to The Catington Post, then go LIKE her on Facebook byá. If youÁve got a question about YOUR cat, leave it as a comment below and Dr. Bales just might answer your question next! Hello Dr. Bales, I have a male, neutered 11 year old cat who stays inside. He has a water fountain, 2 litter boxes, etc,Á. etc,Á. toys,Á. why does he howl at night? IÁve heard that comes with getting olderÁany truth to that? Á Corinne S. Hi Corinne! Howling at night is a difficult problem. It is distressing to feel like your cat is trying to ask for something, and you donÁt know what it is. Add that to the lack of sleep and you have a bit of a mess. Could it be his advancing age? Well, I always say that age is not a diagnosis. That said, there are some problems that are more common in older cats. A trip to the vet is in order to rule out a medical reason for your catÁs night howling.
The most common medical reason for night howling, or vocalization as we call it, in an older cat is hyperthyroidism. This can be diagnosed with a simple blood test. If your vet rules out a medical cause for this noisy nighttime activity, itÁs time to look to nature for answers. You see, in nature, cats hunt between 9 and 20 times a day, both day and night. So, it is very normal for your cat to be awake, active and asking for food at all hours of the night. We must be careful and not try to solve this normal nighttime dilemma with an endless supply of food. Obesity is a major concern, as 60% of cats in America now suffer from this management problem. To solve this problem in a healthy way, measure out your catÁs daily ration. Save about of the dayÁs portion to put out over night. If you put this in the food bowl, it will more than likely be instantly gobbled up leaving your kitty asking for more. Instead, put this food in a few small portions, and ÁhideÁ it in a couple of locations around the house. You see, cats are innately created to hunt. Providing this hunting opportunity will keep your kitty happy, healthy and hunting while you get the rest you need. Thanks for a great question! For more cat health and wellness information, check out my website at. Dr. Liz Bales, The Catvocate, is a practicing veterinarian with 15 years of experience. Dr. Bales has a strong interest in feline wellness and behavior. She believes that by understanding the natural state of the cat we can create an indoor environment where cats á thrive and our bond with them grows. Dr. Bales is interested in your questions and concerns about your cat! á Leave your question in a comment below!
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