Cat is HOWLING, what can we do to make her simmer down?
November 21, 2012 1:35 PM Subscribe
Please help us try and figure out why our cat is behaving the way she is, and if possible recommend some solutions to help...
posted by kilohertz to Pets & Animals (13 answers total)
The cat in question is a normal domestic short hair who is about 9-10 years old. She was a few months old when my S.O. got her originally. In the past she has been a somewhat shy, keep to herself kind of cat - spending most of the day under the bed or hidden away somewhere. Over the last couple of years she has come out of her shell a bit, and seems more social, but still has the skittish, 'hiding out' tendencies. We have one other cat who's personality is about as close to a dog's as you can get. They both are eating and using the bathroom normally.
Last month we moved into a new permanent place after having a terrible experience over this past summer where we had to live in about 5 or 6 different temporary housing situations (don't ask!). In each of those places the cats definitely were stressed, but within a day or so they seemed ok and settled.
This cat's behavior is fairly status quo for the most part - she'll be hidden away all day napping, but as it gets late at night, she'll start doing a few out of character things that are annoying. One thing she does is try to get inside closets or doors that are closed, and howls loudly if she can't get access. Curiosity we assume. Additionally she'll sit at the top of our stairs and howl as well. Sometimes when one of us is just sitting there she'll howl a little and try and get our attention. It's usually at night that we can pet her a lot easier, and she's more affectionate, whereas most of the other times she avoids contact altogether. She loves her head to be scratched, and we notice that her head feels quite warm at times - and she has not been laying in the sun or under a blanket. We can't say for sure if she's sick because she is definitely not lethargic.
We think she is mostly bored and needs to be played with more. At our last home (not the temp housing), she had more windows to look out of at night, which she liked doing. We are trying to set that up for her now, but it's been a challenge moving into this new place and we're waiting on curtains to be made etc. because we have to keep the blinds closed for privacy (1st world problems, meh). We've helped the loud howling a little bit by wearing her out with some more attention/playtime.
Is there any other thing we can do or try other than get the cat TV (windows) working ASAP?