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Cat People - advice please

H's cat is a Ragdoll.  They are very vocal like Siamese.  We're used to this; however, in the last 2 weeks he's been meowing excessively at night.  He is about 13 years old and in good health.  I googled excessive meowing and found some vet advice.  Most likely might be some cognitive problems as we have noticed a little over the last year.  Advice given was nightlights throughout the house so the cat is not disoriented.  I thought they had superior night vision?  Also mentioned was a little wet food before our bedtime (for the cat not us) with L-trip.  I saw that there are also drops we can get a pet store with L-trip.  That just seems like drugging the poor thing.

Just looking for some anecdotal experiences?

Unfortunately we're probably going to spend our long awaited minimoon this weekend catching up on sleep <gah! />

Thanks.......

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    Cats do have better night vision than humans, but they still cannot see in pitch black.  I would try the nightlights.  Maybe your cat's eye sight is going bad, idk.  Anyway, I would suggest you talk with your vet.
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    It could be any number of things. He could be losing his sight, so is confused by the darkness, or losing his hearing, so he gets scared if he can't hear you at night. My cat doesn't hear as well anymore (he's 14) so if he's sleeping he will freak out if you suddenly appear next to him.

    I say take him to the vet. they can give him a physical and run tests to see what might be wrong.
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    I have a cat that occasionally meows loudly at night.  i don't think that will help though since mine is just lonely.

    If I sit and rub her belly, she goes right to sleep.  Could you be mad at this pathetic thing?



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    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/wedding-boards_snarky-brides_cat-people-advice-please?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Wedding BoardsForum:17Discussion:1ad81355-c359-48a9-b61d-a82500dc1b0bPost:f3a84466-6232-4689-9543-fc084682e2b8">Re: Cat People - advice please</a>:
    [QUOTE]I have a cat that occasionally meows loudly at night.  i don't think that will help though since mine is just lonely. If I sit and rub her belly, she goes right to sleep.  Could you be mad at this pathetic thing?
    Posted by anna.oskar[/QUOTE]

    Whisky does that occasionally too. He wants attention. If we don't let him in the room he will howl at the door. This morning after H left for work, he jumped on my pillow and proceeded to roll around in my hair until I pet him.

    But this is how it's always been. If it were a new development of howling at night I'd be worried.
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    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/wedding-boards_snarky-brides_cat-people-advice-please?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Wedding%20BoardsForum:17Discussion:1ad81355-c359-48a9-b61d-a82500dc1b0bPost:2dfadb5a-a079-4492-8e57-ed445da008f1">Cat People - advice please</a>:
    [QUOTE]H's cat is a Ragdoll.  They are very vocal like Siamese.  We're used to this; however, in the last 2 weeks he's been meowing excessively at night.  He is about 13 years old and in good health.  I googled excessive meowing and found some vet advice.  Most likely might be some cognitive problems as we have noticed a little over the last year.  Advice given was nightlights throughout the house so the cat is not disoriented.  I thought they had superior night vision?  Also mentioned was a little wet food before our bedtime (for the cat not us) with L-trip.  I saw that there are also drops we can get a pet store with L-trip.  That just seems like drugging the poor thing. Just looking for some anecdotal experiences? Unfortunately we're probably going to spend our long awaited minimoon this weekend catching up on sleep <gah! /> Thanks.......
    Posted by Marrin713[/QUOTE]

    Cats can see better than humans in the dark but it's not like they see in the dark like humans see in the daytime.  Nightlights are super cheap.  Try it.  If it doesn't help, I would talk to your vet.  Actually, I would talk to the vet anyway.  Big behavioral changes are always vet worthy.  And I wouldn't start giving your cat any supplements or anything without consulting the vet anyway. 

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    Has he been fixed?  It may be that a new cat has moved into the neighborhood that's allowed out at night and he's noticed.  Particularly if it's a female.

    I agree with PPs though - you should take him to the vet just to be safe.

     

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    It could be an attention thing. When my FI comes home at night and I spend too much time with him, my kitty gets mad and starts to meow until he gets his attention. If he doesn't get it, he jumps on me and starts licking where ever he can find skin.
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    Yowler is on the left in the picture

    Aw Anna....how could you not rub that belly?

    He's been to the vet about 2 months ago and was proclaimed healthy, but you're all correct - a sudden change merits another look-see.  Seshat - we thought about going deaf and/or losing sight.  We have noticed that he misjudges occasionally when jumping.  In the short term, I'm going to pick up some nightlights and see if that helps.  Poor H - the yowling is mostly directed at him and keeps him up.  Me, not so much - it wakes me but I can fall back to sleep pretty quickly.  H can't.

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    I have to agree with PP's anytime one of my cats started yowling I knew something was wrong. Good Luck, and let us know if you find out anything.

    Beautiful cats btw!
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    Do you lock him out of the room? My cats get annoyed if we do that, and will sit at the door and complain.
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    Hi Marrin!!  I haven't seen a post from you in awhile.  I agree with above posters, a vet visit is warranted.  Just to rule out things like infection, vision loss and etc.  I'm sure all is well but it never hurts to have a look.

    We're up to four cats now!  Four!  Jeez...  And a dog, and some fish tanks.

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    Thanks KD; he is quite striking and a character as well.

    LuLu - we don't lock them out of any room; if we did, it'd be two cats not just one complaining about it.  Lesson learned.

    Off to the vet next week for Mr. B

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    Jackie!  How've you been???  We did the married thing in July ♥  You're getting close too.

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    Thanks Stage.  I am also willing to bet that's what it is. :( 
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    Oh Stage....what adjustments have you made and how have they worked?  I've got to head off to work now, but I'll check back later tonight.  You can PM if that's better.  Thanks
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    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/wedding-boards_snarky-brides_cat-people-advice-please?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Wedding%20BoardsForum:17Discussion:1ad81355-c359-48a9-b61d-a82500dc1b0bPost:1a248ed1-0bd5-4322-801f-db61ca749182">Re: Cat People - advice please</a>:
    [QUOTE]Yowler is on the left in the picture Aw Anna....how could you not rub that belly? He's been to the vet about 2 months ago and was proclaimed healthy, but you're all correct - a sudden change merits another look-see.  Seshat - we thought about going deaf and/or losing sight.  We have noticed that he misjudges occasionally when jumping.  In the short term, I'm going to pick up some nightlights and see if that helps.  Poor H - the yowling is mostly directed at him and keeps him up.  Me, not so much - it wakes me but I can fall back to sleep pretty quickly.  H can't.
    Posted by Marrin713[/QUOTE]
    FI and I are the opposite- he can sleep through anything but I am a light sleeper, so when Playboy starts crying in the middle of the night, I'm the one that scoots over to make room for him and call him up to pet him for 20 minutes until his kitty insecurity passes and he can sleep.  As a PP said, though, he's done this for years off and on.  If your cat isn't seeking attention and petting him doesn't do the trick, then a vet visit would definitely be in order.


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    I have one of these. He will follow you through the house meowing at you until you pet him, and if he is not satisfied with the amount of petting you do then he will continue to follow you and meow. Heaven forbid you are on yourway  to the bathroom. He will trip you up trying to beat you there while meowing and then insist on sitting in your lap while you do your business. He is sooooo needy.
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    [QUOTE]I have one of these. He will follow you through the house meowing at you until you pet him, and if he is not satisfied with the amount of petting you do then he will continue to follow you and meow. Heaven forbid you are on yourway  to the bathroom. He will trip you up trying to beat you there while meowing and then insist on sitting in your lap while you do your business. He is sooooo needy.
    Posted by jenellsrevenge[/QUOTE]
    LOL!  Three of our four are like this.  There's always a little furry herd accompanying me into the bathroom.  Killer likes to rub her tail against the inside of my leg while I am on the toilet, and it's quite inconvenient to be tickled by it at that time.  />.<
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    I've heard about this happeneing alot in cats his age... Most times its their eyes going bad or their hearing. I would take him to the vet for reassurance or to see what you can do to ease him if he is in pain.
    Also he could just be like one of my angels (brats) who screams for attention in the middle of the night - and bites noses. But I would take your kitty to the vet asap.
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    Stupid question but do you talk back when he meows? My parents cat (13) is showing signs of a cognitive disorder but settles down fairly quickly if you start talking to her. She just seems really confused all the time, especially in the dark, and starts meowing. One we say her name and get her attention she calms down.

    Hopefully the vet will give you more insight :)

    Fwiw, we have nightlights for all of our animals, including the noctural ones. There are nightlights in Demon's room, Diamond's room and one in my bathroom.
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    Katie - does "Shut the F up!" count?  I'm more likely to comfort him a little when he does this on my side of the bed, but it's mostly H's side.  Used to be, H would scoop him up and let the cat lay with him, but when he's tried it recently, the cat just lays there for a few minutes quietly and then jumps off the bed.

    Hopefully, the vet will have more insight.
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