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Screaming Maine Coon Cat
JAIIOHIO posted:
We have a 20 year old neutered Maine Coon cat. He has failing kidneys. Over the past several months he has started screaming at the top of his lungs for short periods of time. It was occasional at first, but now, he does it more often. His Vet told us it could be Pet Alzheimer's setting in. But she wasn't sure. At any rate, he will scream even when he is looking at us. He also screams sometimes when he wants to be fed.

Has anyone else gone through this trying experience? Could he be in pain? Or, what's going on with our little fella?
Drew Weigner, DVM, ABVP responded:
There are two known causes of increased vocalization in cats: hyperthyroidism (increased thyroid gland activity) and hypertension (high blood pressure.) These are simple to diagnose by your veterinarian. The most common cause of hypertension in cats is kidney disease, which your cat has.

There are many other possible causes including deafness, pain, etc. Whether your cat could by senile ("cognitive dysfunction") is difficult to say and cannot be proven. The cats I've seen that likely had this condition were very old and didn't seem to be aware of their surroundings. They got lost in their own home and didn't recognize their owners. Unfortunately, there's no known effective treatment.

Drew Weigner, DVM, ABVP
The Cat Doctor
Board Certified in Feline Practice


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