Q: How can I tell if my cat is in pain?
My cat will sometimes meow strangely in the middle of the night.
Mar 10, 2011
You didn't say whether or not your cat is meowing while asleep or awake. Cats call out in their sleep sometimes when REM sleep. If it is occurring when the cat is awake, remember, cats are nocturnal animals who are most active at night. This is typically when they would do their hunting, prowling, etc. Are you observing what he's doing when he's meowing? If he's playing, stalking, or otherwise engaged in typical nighttime behavior, this could be normal. On the other hand, if this is a new behavior that you've never noticed before, a vet visit might be in order just to check things out, esp. if your cat is older. I don't know how old your cat is, but senior cats sometimes become more vocal which could signal health problems. Metabolic diseases, such as hyperthyroidism, diabetes, & hypertension, can make cats restless & they may meow more at night. Poor vision or hearing may make them feel more isolated at night so they call out. Pain from arthritis, a bad tooth, etc may also make them meow more. Even diminished cognitive function in older cats can result in this. If your cat has arthritis he/she may not flinch or react to touch as if it hurts. Mine doesn't. With so little info, its impossible to give you a definite answer, but these are some of the reasons cats meow at night. If you suspect that your cat is in pain or is sick, get him/her checked out by a vet immediately.
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