Back

Get started

Customized by You

Design your pet’s plan in less than 60 seconds.

Vocalizing common in elderly cats

Q: Our 15-year-old cat has been crying loudly since his brother died. What can we do to quiet him?

A: Your cat may be crying because he misses his brother’s companionship. If that’s the case, he might enjoy the company of a new feline friend. If you think a new cat would help, invite a quiet, friendly adult cat to join your family. (Older cats usually don’t appreciate having an energetic kitten around to grab their tails.)

Is food available at all times? If not, your cat may simply be telling you he’s hungry. It’s also possible he wants attention.

Alternatively, he may have a painful medical condition, such as arthritis, which afflicts 90 percent of senior cats. Crying also occurs with hyperthyroidism, constipation, urinary tract infection and deafness.

Finally, some older cats vocalize, particularly at night, when they’re suffering from age-related cognitive dysfunction, commonly called senility.

All of these problems are treatable. Ask your veterinarian to evaluate your cat so a diagnosis can be made and treatment begun.

Editor’s Note: Many senior cats yowl at nighttime, disrupting their human family’s sleep. Fortunately, once the cause is identified, yowling responds well to treatment.


Lee Pickett, V.M.D. practices companion animal medicine. Contact her at askdrlee@insurefigo.com.

More From Figo Blog
Pet Professionals: Interview With Kristen Levine Pet Blogger | Figo Pet Insurance

We recently had the opportunity to interview...

Sometimes, we think of cats as needing less...

According to a group of psychologists at...

Our pets are a part of our families and...

Scarf’d: Farm-Fresh Autumn Crisps For Pets | Figo Pet Insurance

There’s a crispness in the air, and as much...

Getting To know The Abyssinian | Figo Pet Insurance

The slender and intelligent Abyssinian is...

A Pug in a pile of leaves

We all immediately recognize the flat snoot,...

Teaching your dog safety cues and commands...

HELP