Yes, her hearing seems to have diminished.There is also the possibility of hearing loss (from old age or a solvable medical issue) and trying to hear their own voice.
Has anything changed in or around the house recently including outside animals? If it is only happening in a certain area check the outlets for heat.
In prep for her vet visit:
- make noises in back of her to test her hearing
- give her a gentle all over massage. Does she react to being petted in spots she was ok with before.
- try getting her to play and watch to see if she favors any legs/hips
- has she stopped jumping up on furniture or her cat trees? It could be loss of muscle from age but could also be pain.
approximately 15 years old. She used to be very shy, hiding from new visitors. Not so much any more.Hi. Other than howling, are there other changes you've noticed in your cat? How old is he?
There are calming meds that can be given for cats with dementia. Aside from that, and the things mentioned above, howling can also be the result of arthritic pain (or as noted above pain in general), hyperthyroidism, or kidney disease to name a few. Boredom, insecurity (not all that uncommon as a cat ages) or even hunger can cause cats to howl at times too.