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My Cat Sure Cries and Meows a Lot

Your Siamese cat Prince should have been an opera singer. You knew Prince had a good set of lungs, as you’ve heard him yowling at the neighborhood cats through your living room window. However, you didn’t know Prince would be meowing and even wailing during all hours of the day or night. You’ve read that high-energy cat breeds, such as Prince, are more likely to adopt that excessive meowing and crying behavior. While that could explain Prince’s antics, you just want some sleep. You’ve asked your Indianapolis veterinarian to figure out why Prince won’t tone it down, and quickly figure out a way to make your obnoxious cat cease and desist.

Noise, Noise, and More Noise

You already know that Prince can meow and cry as loudly as an opera singer without a microphone. That’s the easy part. In fact, since Prince is 10 years old, he’ll soon get his senior feline card, and that makes him even more likely to scream and yowl all night. If Prince were a breeding female cat, she’d likely engage in those behaviors while mating, too.

Diagnosing the Din’s Cause

First, your vet wants to make sure Prince doesn’t have a medical problem, such as a painful injury or disease. If Prince has recently lost a feline friend, or has been separated from a favorite human companion, he might be expressing his distress. Or, Prince’s raucous behavior could have a more selfish motive: perhaps he just wants attention. If you have multiple cats trying to control your household, Prince’s antics might be part of a major territory battle.

Diagnostic Protocols

Good old Prince will first get a complete medical exam. Your vet will also order a urinalysis, a Complete Blood Count, an electrolyte panel, and a Chemical Blood Profile. If your vet thinks Prince might have a neurological condition, he’ll likely ask for imaging tests that address his hunch. Assuming Prince is healthy, your vet will gather details on recent incidents that might have sent your cat over the edge. Your vet also wants the lowdown on Prince’s past behavioral problems (if any).

Multifaceted Treatment Plan

Your vet will first treat Prince’s underlying medical condition. After that, the vet will probably instruct you not to reinforce Prince’s behavior; and that means not punishing or comforting him. When Prince eventually quiets down, reward him for that desirable behavior. Also, perhaps your vet thinks Prince has a behavioral issue that will be helped by medication. Cat obedience training could also make a difference in Prince’s behavior.

Your Indianapolis vet will fine-tune Prince’s treatment plan as needed. Your vet will be almost as happy as you are when you get a good night’s sleep again.

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