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Q: Why is my cat howling?

January 12, 2009 | By Shelly S. | 13 answers | Expired: 2072 days ago

Shelly S.

every so often through out the day,i'll
here him howling for no and only for a few minutes we he does howl. Does any have the any suggestions?

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Bonnie  M.
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Jan 15, 2009

My one cat, Nikki, howls all the time. One night I got up out of bed because I thought something must be wrong with him. He was howling over his toys as he played with them! Go figure. I don't think you have anything to worry about as some of the other answers you've been given suggest.

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Lbalsimo1
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Jan 14, 2009

My cat also does the howl every now and then. He seems to do it when he's board or lonely.
He usually lets out a howl and then go's tearing down the hallway and makes a couple rounds through the apartment to let off some steam.

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Mary Lee B.
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Jan 13, 2009

The cats I've had that were "howlers" did so at night after I went to bed. Then I heard that cats sometimes howl to let their kittens know they had found some prey and to "come and get it." Since my cats are indoor cats, and they had no prey to catch, I figured it was some kind of atavistic throw back that was simply in their genes. So, I tried "mewing" back when they howled. And they promptly shut up!

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DawnG01
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Jan 12, 2009

There are lots of great suggestions here for you about your cat's howling.

But I would also recommend a vet visit fast.

Cats also howl when in heat. Maybe?

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Sharon T.
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Jan 12, 2009

My cat, Willy, howls just before he goes poop-poop, because he'd rather do it outside than in his catbox. He is an indoor cat, however. We live in an apartment complex on the second floor, and We usually only go outside once a day. Living in Minnesota, sometimes he really doesn't want to go out at all, depending on how cold and snowy or rainy it may be. He also howls if he has lost track of his friend, Lewis...my other cat. Also, there are other neighborhood cats that hang around down below our balcony. If he senses that one of them is "visiting", he will do a little yowling then, as well. He is nuetered (neutered?), so the sex thing is not an issue with him.

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Carauch
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Jan 12, 2009

My cat howls in the early morning hours. I think he gets lonely and wants to know where we are.

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Ourstaff
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Jan 12, 2009

If your cat is elderly it may be howling because it is disoriented. It could also be an invitation to play. The advise to have the cat checked by a vet is always a good idea. You may also want to pick up a book or 2 on cat care and behavior (a few good books are listed in the review section)

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Amy W.
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Jan 12, 2009

One of my cats howls just before she throws up. Another howls at night after all the people go to bed. She is extremely "needy" and I always assumed she was lonely. Better safe than sorry, though. Have your cat checked by a vet.

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Veronica (Ronnie) G.
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Jan 12, 2009

My cat started howling AFTER a serious illness, when she also lost some hearing. The vet said this can happen after sickness and/or deafness. Also, older cats can howl.

But that said, I had another cat that started howling. I immediately brought her to the vet. She was sick and so the howling. And howling is a sign of pain.

Cats are vocal and howling is a way to communicate to you, letting you know something is not right.



I would definitely take your cat to the vet, ASAP, for a check-up. Better safe than sorry.

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Nichole B.
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Jan 12, 2009

if he is not neutered he may be looking for a female or maybe he it is just one of the way he meows our newest cat adrian was walking around the house yesterday investigating everything and he was meowing for now reason and sounded like a wookie from star wars. cats make weird sounds sometimes for no reason i would just keep an eye on him for a while and if he doesn't seem to be in pain or anything like that i wouldn't worry it may be just one of the many ways he talks...

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