Why Do Some Cats Howl at Night?

Filed under Dr. Dym's Vet Blog
As cats age one of the more common behavioral complaints reported to veterinarians is why cats vocalize or howl, acting very restless at night. While cats do undergo senile geriatric changes, these types of behaviors often indicate an underlying illness or disease. High blood pressure may be a potential cause for why a senior cat howls at night

Many elder cats who vocalize like this often suffer from high blood pressure.  This high blood pressure can be a primary problem or secondary to kidney, thyroid, or heart disease. It is important to have your elder cat examined and blood pressure measured. With early detection high blood pressure can be affectively controlled with medications like Norvasc (Amlodipine).  If untreated, high blood pressure in cats may lead to sudden blindness and other internal organ damage.

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  1. William
    Posted March 4, 2013 at 8:12 pm | Permalink

    This doesn’t really answer the question. All it says it that it might be high blood pressure. How about providing some more info about signs of feline senility (kitty alzheimers)?


  2. Posted February 26, 2014 at 12:57 am | Permalink

    Why did not one answer the excellent question by William? We sure would appreciate more information on why our kitty howls every night…


    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    Can be due to lots of things from medical issues like pain, discomfort, high blood pressure, overactive thyroid, etc. Only a full medical workup at vet can sort out these various causes.


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