How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask Dr. Susan Your Own Question
Dr. Susan
Dr. Susan, Veterinarian
Category: Cat
Satisfied Customers: 6785
Experience:  8 years of clinical experience with specialty in veterinary pain management, urology, and geriatrics
Type Your Cat Question Here...
Dr. Susan is online now

My older female cat meows a lot of the time when there does

This answer was rated:

My older female cat meows a lot of the time when there does not appear to be anything wrong, she might appear to want food or attention but then sometimes shies away from petting or isn't hungry when you give her food. Sometimes it is very plaintive but she does not seem to be in any specific pain and calms as soon as you pet her or pick her up. We've tried ignoring her, ie not giving her the attention or withholding food until she is quiet, but she just continues anyway within minutes . She gets loads of attention and food. What can we do for our sanity!
Hi, I can help you with your question today.
In an older cat that is becoming more vocal, I am suspicious of hyperthyroidism. Has Tiggy had any blood testing done in the last couple of months?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

No she hasn't had a recent blood test, as it has not been suggested by the vet; one seemed to think it was a behavourial issue of older cats, the other treated her for a urine infection, no change. She is said to have renal failure and had a blood test when she was very ill over a year ago and one a few months back there had not been much change in the renal failure indicators. Its been going on for a year or more now, wouldn't she have gone into some sort of crisis if it were hyperthyroidism.

No, hyperthyroidism does not typically cause a crisis as we might see with undiagnosed diabetes or undiagnosed kidney disease.
I do think it would be a good idea to have her thyroid and other major organs tested before we assume she has a behavioral problem. Because there are no tests to confirm behavioral issues, we must first rule out underlying medical problems.
If we do diagnose hyperthyroidism, this is generally easy to control with daily medication. I would expect to see significant improvement in the vocalizations rapidly once we have her on the proper dose of thyroid medication.
Please let me know if you have further questions. I am happy to continue until I provide the service that you seek.
Dr. Susan and other Cat Specialists are ready to help you