Hi everyone, this is my first post. I'm glad I found this site.
Our cat is 18 years old and sometimes "zones out" (kitty Alzheimer's). She yowls very loudly, 8-12 times in a row, sometimes as much as every hour! This goes on every night. We have done almost every test in the book. It is not a thyroid problem, a hearing problem, a vision problem, a tumor, a bowel problem, a dental problem, or hypertension. She is not cold. She has a specific place in the hallway where she stands and yowls, although she does it in other places as well. She seems to be “zoned out” when she does it, because she is startled when I walk over and pick her up. The constant waking-up is driving my husband crazy. She has arthritis (at her age, who doesn’t?), but is still quite mobile and jumps on furniture. She won’t yowl if she’s in bed with us. She won’t yowl if I’m in the same room with her, so I try to keep her with me when I’m reading, working, watching TV, etc. But she is mobile and goes where she wants; usually doesn’t want to stay in bed when I’m sleeping or in my study when I’m working.
She is affectionate, enjoys her food, drinks lots of water (old kidneys), pees a lot and poops normally (both in frequency and in quantity). She grooms herself, jumps up on beds and chairs despite the arthritis, and uses a kitty flip-flop door to go to the fenced yard and back inside. She seems in good shape for an old cat, active and in good spirits, but has been yowling for six months now, and it’s really hard on us at night. She is spayed and has three sisters, with whom she gets along well (they can tell she’s old and treat her respectfully).
We leave lights on so she’s not in the dark. Because of the architectural layout of the house, it would not be possible to close her in a separate area/room for the night. I am desperate for suggestions. Please help! Thank you so much!