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    I adopted my cat Randy from a shelter in November of last year, we were told he was twelve when we got him but they were not sure because he was a stray. But he's definitely older that's for sure, he's got the cloudy old man kitty eyes and he is missing a good number of teeth.

    I have had Randy to the vet numerous times in the past year because of an issue I have never had with any cat I've ever had, and I've certainly had a fair share of cats in my life. Randy meows constantly. Not just a meow, it's this blood curdling yowling in the night and during the day randomly. He's done this probably since about a month after we got him and it has only gotten worse since we've had him. I used to think it was him crying for food and would feed him whenever he wanted food as he has trouble keeping weight on.

    He hides all the time(something he didn't do for the first few months we had him). And he just yowls and yowls. He hates when we change anything in the apartment, I think it stresses him and he will just only come out to eat. He also does not like my partner who I live with. My partner has never lived with cats and handles our cat more like a dog, trying to play with him like a dog and the cat does not like it one bit.

    All blood tests come back normal. He did have cat scratch disease when we got him from the shelter but that cleared up and he's probably had three full blood work ups done by three different vets. No one sees any issues with his bloodwork. He has no other medical issues except the occasional hairball. Urine, poop is all normal. He gets a variety of high quality foods and his litter box is always clean.

    I do work a LOT. I am gone quite a bit of the day as is my boyfriend. Although he is home more now since he lost his full time job and works part time retail now.

    I'm at my wits end with this cat. It's keeping me up at night and he never seeks out attention anymore, I feel like he is miserable and I'm helpless. Any ideas?

    Thanks guys
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    I would say that he might be feeling his age. Sometimes, just like people, cats get a little funny when they get older. I had one cat who busted through wire mesh to get into a basement when she was like 10 years old, it made a patch of fur on her head get thin and she was sore and cranky. We couldn't figure out why she wanted into the basement but after that we just let her have the area because she kept going nuts to get in there, something she had never done when she was younger.

    I'm not sure on what you could do to make him feel better. If the blood tests are all negative, then I don't think that he's sick and there might not be any meds. Have the vets talked about trying out cat-calming-pill things? I have never had to use them but a friend of my mothers did for her cat and it seemed to help because the cat was totally neurotic.

    I hope everything works out <3

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    I've definitely thought about meds, I just don't want him zombified you know? I'm thinking of trying the Comfort Zone because I've heard so many great things about it.
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    Yeah I think your next step is Comfort Zone or Feliway. Can't hurt, anyway, and $30 isn't that much in the grand scheme of things.

    I bet he's stressed, older cats just don't do change well. If the vets can' find a medical problem, I think your next step beyond Feliway is medication.

    Honestly, if it were my cat in the same situation, I would consider euthanasia. Now I don't know how attatched you are to this cat, but I look at it as a quality of life issue. The cat is clearly unhappy and stressed, that's not really ideal for a cat. And if you are stressed about it too, it's not good for you either. Before you call me heartless, know that I see people in the vet clinic I work at put pets down for less. I see a lot of things differently now than I used to.

    You need to gauge how attached you are to the cat. If it was a kitten I raised, or one of my cats that I've had since she was 6 months old, then I might think differently. But if I adopted an older cat, and he seemed so unhappy, it would be an option I'd consider. But I'm not you.

    I hope that was helpful, in some way. I am sorry you have to go through this, it's never easy when you have an animal that the vets can't figure out and seems so miserable.

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    My guess would be that he's probably getting a bit senile and easily confused. This complaint isn't all that rare in the vet clinic world. Just like us they can get pretty forgetful in their old age. If you think about it, changing anything in the home can kinda just compound this problem ("wait, this is different... am I in the same place? Where am I??"). It's hard being an old man cat!!

    For your sanity you may want to try to simplify his surroundings a bit. Make it an open floor plan where he can't get lost in, keep doors to other rooms shut that don't need to be left open. Leave familiar items out in the open (a favorite bed or something he likes to play with... heck, even a shirt with your smell on it.) And definitely think about leaving a light on for him at night. If he has cataracts, the dark can SEVERELY impair his vision more than it already is.

    Try to remember that age isn't a disease... it's a process. Sometimes we have to adjust our lives to work around or with this process. The important thing is he's healthy!!
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    It may be related to senility/dementia. You might try keeping him in a relatively small room all the time, and keep that room the same all the time, so he can get used to it and not get "lost" in the house?

    I know it worked for a friend's cat who they couldn't find anything else wrong with medically other than being old, so that's what a cat behavior specialist told them to try. They kept her entirely in the kitchen with baby gates and gave her a small cardboard box with a hole just big enough to walk in and out of, and her bed inside it, to completely hide in when she felt stressed.

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    Thank you guys for all your helpful suggestions! It really is a quality of life thing at this point I feel.

    I live in a very tiny one bedroom apartment. He has never ever went into the bedroom and refuses to go in there. I'm not really sure why. And he only goes to the kitchen to eat. He pretty much stays underneath the heater all day. So it's not like a ton of room for him to get lost in and I started keeping the closet doors closed recently because I thought that might be the problem. He used to yell from inside the closet. He doesn't clean himself at all either which is so odd to me, maybe it's because he's a boy and the cats I've owned have all been girls, but he just does not clean himself and never has since I got him. He does not enjoy playing with toys or scratching anything. I've tried toys such as balls and teaser toys and he's just an old man kitty.

    I just feel bad there's not a whole lot I can do. I will be trying the comfort zone and see how that goes.
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    When my 15-year-old Siamese cat started meowing a lot, urine tests (or was it blood tests as well?) revealed he had kidney disease, most likely caused by years of eating dry cat food. Dry cat food is high in carbohydrates (needed for processing) and combined with the fact that most cats don’t drink enough water, kidney disease, urinary tract problems, and/or diabetes results. I didn’t know this at the time or I would have made the changes in his dietary habits, but dry food is so much easier (and cheaper) on the owner!

    Cats should be fed a high quality, canned food.

    I found this information through an excellent book by Dr. Elizabeth Hodgkins: Your Cat: Simple New Secrets to a Longer, Stronger Life
    http://www.amazon.com/Your-Cat-Simpl.../dp/0312358024

    She also has a website:
    http://yourdiabeticcat.com/

    While we admitted that at age 15 a cat might die of “something”, cats can and do live longer. However, the damage was already done; we were able to treat his ailment for a while, but his wailing was unnerving (no one in the house was getting any sleep) and when I suspected he was in pain, I had him PTS.

    I got a new cat from the shelter, and on (expensive ) premium food he has the most gorgeous, shiny coat.


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    Have you have his thyroid levels tested? Or just a basic blood panel?
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