Why is My Cat Quiet?
Your cat may be quiet for no apparent reason. It might be feeling sad or upset, or it could be a sign of a medical problem. Here are some possible explanations. Meowing and Yowling are common domestication behaviors that are directed at humans. A cat’s vocal cords may also be strained by over-exertion, such as chirping at wildlife outside the house. While recovery from these symptoms is usually quick, some cats may be quiet for no apparent reason, like grief. If this is the case, try giving your cat extra attention.
Meowing directed at humans is a trait of domestication
Cats meow to communicate their needs and feelings, and these vocalizations should represent a useful communication tool for the cats and their humans. Previous studies have shown that meows of cats in familiar contexts are discriminable by humans, though they have limited capacity to extract reliable specific information from the meows. This suggests that domestication of cats may lead to specific meowing patterns and that meowing directed at humans may be a sign of increased domestication.
Yowling is a sign of discomfort or emotional upset
Your cat may begin yowling when he or she is in pain. In addition to its sound, cats may also display changes in posture and behavior. They may turn their head away or flatten their ears. They may also refuse to jump on high surfaces. While this may seem alarming to you, it’s actually a symptom of discomfort or upset. Here are some signs to look for.
Sick cats have lower energy levels
Sick cats typically have lower energy levels than their healthy counterparts. They may seem lethargic, eat less frequently, and drink more water than usual. This can be caused by many factors, from an infection to a fever. Cats with fevers often use all of their energy to fight the infection. If your cat suddenly has a drop in energy, make an appointment with your veterinarian. Sick cats may appear lethargic for more than 24 hours, and need immediate medical attention.
A vet will likely be able to determine if your cat has hyperthyroidism by performing a blood test. This simple blood test is helpful in detecting other common illnesses in older cats. International Cat Care recommends yearly blood tests for cats aged seven to 11 years. A general blood profile can reveal possible clues to hyperthyroidism, but a total T4 test is necessary to confirm the diagnosis.
If your elderly cat is yowling, you may be wondering why. Older cats are often more prone to certain physical conditions. Arthritis is a common problem among geriatric cats, which can lead to yowling, poor appetite, and other unpleasant behavior. Cognitive decline is another common issue among senior cats. Cat dementia is a serious medical issue that can cause great distress for your aging feline friend.