Why do older cats howl

  • Tips if the cat meows due to hormonal factors

Especially with cats or tomcats that have not been neutered, the hormones just go through every now and then. At around six months of age, queens become sexually mature and experience their first heat in heat. They are now ready to mate and demonstrate this state by walking restlessly to and fro, rubbing their heads on objects, rolling on the floor, increasingly marking, raising their tails and increasingly meowing, hissing or cooing. Even cats that have always been quiet at night suddenly meow loudly when they are in heat. At the same time, the sexually mature cats emit a scent that the tomcat can smell over long distances thanks to their fine nose. So it can be that your hangover suddenly becomes unbearable if a cat from the neighborhood is in heat. He will then do everything possible to get to the neighbour's cat and express his displeasure at the closed door during the night by loud meowing.

The most effective remedy against this sexually motivated cat terror is surely a castration of the cat or the male. Neutered cats usually become calmer and lose interest in mating friends. The danger of permanent heat, which exists in cats if they are not covered during heat, is also averted by castration.

If you would like to neuter your cat or tomcat, you should discuss this plan thoroughly with your veterinarian. He will advise you in detail about the right time, advantages and possible side effects of castration.