deaf senior cat howling at night
Willy is 18 years old with kidney disease. He howls at night and gets REALLY loud. I think because he can't hear himself unless he gets that loud. (He seems to hear in one ear when I clap or yell.) This has gone on for years. And some nights he will sleep the whole night or others (like last night) wakes me up every 2 hours. He seems to be wandering and I wonder if he gets lost a little. When he comes in the bedroom, he seems to "get stuck" in the corner by a bookshelf. He cries until he notices me and then will usually come to bed. I've tried spraying him with the water bottle, bringing him to bed and petting him, playing with him before bed, but none of these last. Some times I get a few days of peace, but it always starts up again. Ignoring him won't work because I live in an apartment and don't want the neighbors to hate me or call the land lord on me.
I've talked to the vet about this, who just thinks it is Willy's age and hearing loss. I've expressed concerns that it may be his kidney disease getting worse, but his kidney values have actually gone down. He is in the high normal range now.
I've thought about locking him out of the bedroom, but I have 2 other cats who would cry and play by the door. (They don't keep me up at night unless there is a big pounce/crash.) I've thought of closing the door to the bedroom with Willy in the room, but the 2 other cats come and go & sleep with us and would starting crying themselves. Plus the litter box is in another room. I wouldn't want Willy to have an accident if he is stuck in the bedroom. (so far he is VERY good about using the litter box and grooming. I know this could change due to his age and condition.)
I've heard that the night howling in cats with kidney disease can be indigestion or stomach acid. So I will start feeding him right before I go to bed, so he can something contstantly in his belly.
I know I have my ideas, but I wanted some second opinions. If you have any advice on this, I would greatly appreciate it.