Cat Crying all night! HELP!
Hi everyone ... I posted on the cat chat board as well - but I am posting here out of desperation ... wondering if anyone else has experienced this and has any suggestions.
I have a 17 year old male cat, Humphrey, who has cried on and off during the night for the last 12 or 13 years. When it began as a young cat I took him to 4 different vets, he has been tested many times and come back with a clean bill of health. He cries every single night for months at a time, usually in the Summer. It wasn't as bad before his litter mate, Roo, died almost 3 years ago. But since her death he has become very needy, more vocal at times, and unbearable to be around. About a year ago when he wouldn't give me any peace I started the unfortunate habit of feeding him in the middle of the night when he would wake me up. I've grown accustomed to these feedings and his health has actually improved since last year thanks to the increase in wet food and the extra feeding. The problem is now, for the last 2 months, when he wakes up he won't stop crying or pawing at me. The other night he cried for hours for me to literally get into the bathtub (he likes to sit on the edge and watch and drink the water). Last night he kept me awake from 3am right to when I went to work at 8am by pawing at my face, doing laps around the bed, crying. Its unbearable and truly effecting my health.
This is a complicated cat who is not able to be touched when we go to the vet - they gas him just to examine him. But his last exam was a month or so ago and everything came back great. Very healthy 17 year old. I've tried Acepromazine (sp?), and he had a horrible reaction to that, I've tried Ellavil (sp?), and that didn't effect him at all. Now he is on Valium and that works for maybe an hour and then he's up and agitated again. I live in a very small apartment with no place to put him that I wouldn't hear him. Additionally I'm worried about my neighbors being kept awake by him. We think he did have a seizure about a month ago but my doctor sees no sign of a tumor or anything more serious than the simple behavior that he's exhibited for years. He did not think it was as related to old-age since its been going on for years. Its worse right now as I'm getting older and I need my sleep.
My doctor is out of ideas - my pet-pharmacist said that Ativan might do a better job. But I'm wondering if anyone has any insight/suggestions/experience with this?
I adore this cat - I would do anything for him - I worry this is upsetting to him but I also know I can't go on much longer getting 1 or 2 hours sleep at a time and many night 3 hours sleep total. Family sees what it is doing to me and want me to put him down - but its unthinkable to me.