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why does my male cat yowl at night

DEAR JOAN:P I ve had my cat for about two and a half years, and before he was with me he was mainly an outdoor cat. He is now a fully indoor cat in a rather cramped one-bedroom apartment, but I play with him on a daily basis and often let him roam the hallways as they re indoor in my apartment complex. Neighbors cat gave my cat herpes. Should they pay the vet bills? What does the fox say? No need to worry about me
If he keeps this up, I m going to have to have my dog put down I also have a harness for him and have taken him outside, but he doesn t like it much, I m guessing because there are other feral cats that hang out outside my complex. However, for almost as long as I ve had him, he s had trouble at night. Not only does he stay awake and run around the apartment, he yowls loudly in the next room. Sometimes my picking him up and putting him on the bed will help stop it, but other times he just continues for hours.

I am losing considerable amounts of sleep, and my significant other no longer wants to spend the night for fear of being woken up multiple times. I have been trying Jackson Galaxy s holistic Night Owl solution, but it doesn t seem to make any sort of change. PIs there anything else that I can do to help reset his circadian rhythms? Jillian, Bay Area DEAR JILLIAN: There are a number of reasons that a cat will howl at night. Most of them, however, don t seem to match with your case. Older cats can wake up disoriented in the darkness and are frightened. They call out to their owners to reassure themselves that we re still there. Cats with urinary tract infections and other medical issues often will howl through the night.

Cats have very good hearing, and he might be hearing those feral cats outside the apartment. That could put him on an advanced state of alert, meowing at the cats to warn them off or just to have a nice conversation. I always suggest taking your pet in for a checkup, and I d advise you do this just to make sure there isn t something else going on. As this is an ongoing issue and not something that just popped up, however, IPthink the problem is that your cat has trained you to respond to his nighttime howling. PCats are nocturnal creatures and often are the most active at night, hunting prey. For the domestic house cat, stalking translates as playing, and by sleeping, you re not participating in the game. PHe has no choice but to wake you. Changing his pattern won t be easy, but it s far from impossible. Try playing with him a lot just before you re ready for bed to get him tired out.

PIf catnip makes him sleepy after the initial rush, givePhim a bedtime catnip mouse. When he starts yowling, try to have as little interaction with him as possible. Instead, toss him an interactive toy that he can play with on his own, and then go back to bed. Or, if you can stand it, ignore him. I had a cat who would wake me up every morning at daybreak and expect me to go downstairs and feed him. He d walk all over me, scratch at the furniture and knock things off my bedside tablePuntil I surrendered to his will. I eventually began locking him out of my bedroom at night and ignoring the scratching on the door. He learned that he got fed on my timetable, not his, and I m confident your cat will learn too. Stay strong. You ll get there. Readers, any other suggestions?

Reading this on your phone? Stay up to date on Bay Area and Silicon Valley news with our new, free mobile app. Get it from the or the. If your cat hasn't been neutered and is old enough to have reached sexual maturity, his cry very likely is a mating call. Male cats reach "puberty" at anywhere from 4 months in age to one year. If he yowls loudly and persistently through the night, he very likely is trying to attract females for mating purposes. Look for other evidence that may support this belief -- such as urine spraying, wandering off and restless behavior. Remember, one very easy way to make this type of crying to stop is by getting your cat neutered. Neutering stops mating behaviors, keeps your cat healthier and also prevents feline overpopulation issues -- a serious and growing epidemic in this world.

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