Many cat owners find it annoying when their older cat suddenly starts meowing almost constantly for no apparent reason. Sometimes the cat becomes an unfortunate victim of their owners anger and annoyance, and is yelled at, or even hit, to get it to “shut up”. Why do older cats meow so much?
A cat owner should realize, that there may be a reason for their aging cat’s increasing meows, and punishing the cat is not only unfair, but can be cruel as well.
Age Related Hearing Loss
As cats get older they often suffer from hearing problems, including loss of hearing. When hearing loss begins the cat may find meowing as a solution to soothing their own confusion, or a way for them to try to understand it.
Pain in their Ears
As the cat gets older it may also experience pain in its ears, particularly a ringing in the ears, often caused by wax build up – or even a neglected case of ear mites (which can infect any age of cat, and are rather common in barn kittens particularly).
As a response to this pain the cat may meow, and will often hold its head at an angle, or shake its head frequently.
Needing Love and Attention
The old cat has often developed aches and pains in its joints, particularly in cold weather, or if there are many stairs in a home. They may meow more frequently simply to attract their owners attention because they are concerned and not feeling well in general. At these times the cat may want reassurance, in the form of holding, patting, or other means.
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Sometimes older cats have food issues, often they are overweight and their owners reduce the amount of food the cat is given. This leaves the cat feeling hungry. Rather than reducing food intake, an owner should seek an appropriate food for their aged, overweight, cat, one with reduced calories, rather than reducing the amount of food. Similarly smaller portions can be fed throughout the day rather than one meal – if food is not left free choice.
It should also be mentioned that meowing frequently does also occur in female cats of all ages who are not spayed when they are in heat. The best remedy for this is to spay the cat, as spaying also has a positive effect on the overall health, and well being of the cat.
If you cannot determine why your old cat is meowing, a trip to the veterinarian may be a good measure. One must find sympathy with their aging cat, give it the love it needs, and if the meowing is too much, get ear plugs!
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