Vicky Halls Cat Behaviour Counsellor

Q: My elderly cat has started to make a strange howling noise, especially at night, should I be worried?

A: This is often the first sign of a condition called hyperthyroidism. This refers to the development of a tumour on the thyroid gland causing an increase in metabolism and, ultimately, this can affect the heart. Other signs include increased appetite, weight loss, unkempt coat, intermittent diarrhoea and even the onset of aggressive behaviour. This condition, once diagnosed, is easily treated.

Night-time vocalisation can also be a symptom of the general ageing process, indicating many things, including:

  • High blood pressure
  • Senility
  • Age-related insecurity
  • A trip to the vet and a thorough health check will help your cat feel more comfortable

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Got a question? My Feline FAQs and Free Guides page answers some of the most commonly asked questions and gives you access to some great advice in my free cat behaviour guides.

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