I’m looking for suggestions for one of my cats. I am a certified crazy cat lady but this kitty is killing me.
Spooky Spook has always been very vocal. He is now 15, and just lost his partner. However, he had a mixed relationship with his partner. She didn’t really like other cats but would tolerate their presence. She just wasn’t interested in a real relationship with any of them.
At various times throughout the last few years, Spooky has become extremely vocal at night. I’m a very light sleeper, so it wakes me up and drives me and my husband bonkers. He’s also been an anxious kitty, and since he lost his partner, he has been more anxious and more moewy.
Here’s what I’ve tried:
Making sure crunchy bowl is full and water is fresh (in the past this has set him off).
Spray bottle when he starts meowing at night. This used to help but now he just goes in the hall and meows.
Find cat and bring him to bed when he is meowing at night. Sometimes this works. He will perch on me or my husband, but not really lie down with us in bed. So I got him a raised cat bed that goes right next to my arm that is the same height of the bed. We’ve had since the spring and I only recently got him to start using it.
Locking cat out of bedroom. This is obvious, except that I can STILL hear him from the hall. Then I tried locking him in a bathroom, and shutting the door of the bedroom, and I could STILL hear him. Unfortunately, being locked up/out seems to make the meowing worse, and I can still hear him, so it’s not helping.
Catnip. When cat starts meowing, give catnip, hoping this zonks him out. Works sometimes.
Vet: Had bloodwork done a couple years ago to check for kidneys/thyroid etc., was totally clean. I’m taking him to the vet again and he will have another Senior Screen, but based on his appearance, the cat is pretty healthy. Good weight, decent coat (it’s never been a great coat), eating/drinking appropriately, etc. He’s also a big boy- 16 lbs, but not fat. Just a large cat.
He’s had some dry poops and I’ve seen some butt dragging so I started him on hairball med (which just lubricates everything) and he’s been better. Regardless, I don’t think that’s what’s causing the incessant yelling or has made him worse. If anyone has any tricks or suggestions, I would love to hear them. I didn’t have kids, but right now I feel like I have a 1 year old.