How do I care for older crying cats?

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How do I care for older crying cats?
An older cat may cry as a result of vision or hearing loss. (0742 - chat)

As cats get older, medical issues may arise. Cats can't tell you when they are in pain, but crying or howling may be an indication. Older cats also may cry in an attempt to get attention. Commonly, older cats experience hearing loss and they will cry because they are no longer able to hear themselves. Although there are many reasons why cats may cry, it is important to know how to care for older, crying cats.

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  • Heating pad

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    Visit your veterinarian. Owners of older cats should visit a veterinarian at least twice a year. Health complications may arise as a result of diabetes, arthritis or kidney failure. This can cause your cat to cry in pain. According to, older cats also may develop feline cognitive dysfunction (FCD), also known as dementia, which is a slowing of mental development that causes significant impairment. Your veterinarian can determine if the crying is a result of the dementia and help manage the disease through better health care and nutrition. He also may be able to determine other heath issues that may be a cause of the crying.

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    Place your cat's items at a location where they are easily accessible. As cats age, they may no longer be able to hear or see and they may cry out as a result. Place the cat's food, water and litter box near her bed. In addition, place the cat's bed near yours at night so she is at ease.

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    Warm up your cat's environment. Like humans, older cats can get cold easily and may cry because they are cold and uncomfortable. You can help your cat keep warm by putting his bed over the top of a heating pad.

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    Increase your cat's activity level. Older cats may suffer from anxiety or separation distress, which are signs of FCD. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, "Your senior cat's vocalising can become a problem if she does it too often or at inappropriate times, like when you're sleeping." Do not punish her for crying as this may only make the anxiety and stress worse. Instead try other methods such as keeping her active during the day so she can sleep at night.

Tips and warnings

  • Always give senior cats plenty of love and attention.

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