Nocturnal vocalizations

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Justteri1000

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I have an elderly cat that for the last 14 1/2 years was silent at night.  For the last six months or so, he has begun vocalizing in the middle of the night (up to 3 different times during the night).  Each "song" is exactly 8 meows long and they are sort on long drawn out meows ending with a sound like a question.  I snuck up on him one time as he was doing this and he was laying (with his head up) in his recliner and his eyes were closed as he carefully enunciated each meow.  I softly spoke his name and his head spun around and his eyes were like huge pools of black ink (it was pretty funny).  He does this every night and my husband and I count the meows (always 8) and it almost sounds like he is practicing, trying to shape his little kitty lips to the perfect "O" to create the exact sound he is looking for.  He is very agile and loving and he has a lot of little rituals that he plays out every day and this seems like a new one.  We like to say he suffers from COCD (cat obsessive compulsive disorder).  Has anybody else seen this behavior and more importantly, have any idea WHAT and WHY he is doing this?

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Cnardo87

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Reply To: Justteri1000

my little 17yr dose that, (never count the meows tho) we believe she has dementia she'll meow at the walls wonder around the hallway howling. sometimes she'll sound like a little old woman saying "hellooo hellooo" there are some medications out there that can slow this if you use them early enough (mines to far gone in her own little world) or you can use pheromones to com him. sadly if it is dementia it dose get worse over time, keeping things formiler and comforting them is the best thing

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compoundia

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Reply To: Justteri1000

Usually such vocalization caused due to pain, illness, cognitive dysfunction syndrome (CDS), or may be related to a decline in hearing in senior pets. I think before considering behaviour modification, health problem must be checked with veterinarian that can perform a full medical work-up, including a chemical blood profile, complete blood count (CBC), urinalysis and electrolyte panel, along with a complete physical exam.

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