Cat has started meowing loudly. Advice?

  • Our 17 year old cat is a talker, bu lately he walks through the house meowing loudly. He sounds like he's in pain. I haven't noticed any rhyme or reason to his behavior. Any thoughts?

  • Hi there, this is Dr Linda, a small animal vet with 10 years of clinical experience.


    I'm sorry to hear about this new behaviour and know it must be a bit of a worry for you.


    When our older cats act like this, there are a few considerations.

    We would wonder about:


    • An overactive thyroid. Other signs would include an excessive hunger, weight loss and hyperactivity.
    • A source of pain such as joint disease or oral pain.
    • Feline dementia (cognitiive decline).


    It is best to have him checked over, to determine if there is a medical issue and if something can be done. If, for example, he has joint pain, he may respond well to some anti inflammatories and pain relief.


    Hopefully we can get some answers soon!

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