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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 04-07-2017, 04:32 PM Thread Starter
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Sometimes my 18 year old cat gets restless and then goes down to the basement and howls, it is unlike anything I've heard from a cat, it sounds like a wolf howling at the moon. She never did it until we moved to a new house does anybody know what is going on? It's not bothersome or anything I'm just curious.
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 04-07-2017, 07:26 PM
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Mine will make a really awful yowling noise too. I think maybe they just want attention and/or food.
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post #3 of 14 (permalink) Old 04-08-2017, 07:24 PM
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Is it possible another cat is outside, and she can smell it from the basement? Maisie howls like that when there's another cat in the yard.

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post #4 of 14 (permalink) Old 04-08-2017, 10:36 PM
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Your guess is as good as mine, who really knows why. I have noticed that cats that are losing their hearing will often howl loudly. Test his hearing by making some noises behind him when he's facing away from you and see if he responds or his ears move. Most of my cats when they got to 18 often did that, and they were hard of hearing then

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post #5 of 14 (permalink) Old 04-09-2017, 01:28 AM Thread Starter
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Yes her hearing is getting worse and she has been getting louder to accommodate that haha. As for other cats there is no access to the outside where she would be able to hear another cat so I'm not sure what it is. We joke that she is getting her "wild needs" out haha
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post #6 of 14 (permalink) Old 04-10-2017, 06:46 AM
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In very senior cats, howling can be triggered by hearing or vision loss or dementia. If she has any of those conditions the move and unfamiliar surroundings can be making her feel very insecure.

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I was going to say could she be starting to suffer from feline dementia? We all suspect my first cat Beauty was starting to suffer from it when she had to be put to sleep for other medical problems she had *hugs*

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post #8 of 14 (permalink) Old 04-12-2017, 02:40 PM Thread Starter
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Aw I'm sorry to hear that , I haven't thought about that...what kind of symptoms did she have?
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post #9 of 14 (permalink) Old 04-12-2017, 05:20 PM
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My old brown tabby started to do that in his last two or three years of life. His kidneys were failing, but I suspect the howling was a cognitive thing. He's stop if we called out his name and got his attention. I don't know if felines get anything like dementia, but the vet said it was a bit like that. He was 18-1/2 when he died.
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post #10 of 14 (permalink) Old 04-13-2017, 10:05 AM
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Hmm... is there anything she enjoyed at the old house that she doesn't have in her new digs? Something involving the basement?
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