I have a senior cat that will sit in the kitchen and cry. She will be 23 in October. She’s always been a talker, but now it’s constant. She is so loud that we can hear her when we’re upstairs and in the middle of the night, well, it’s a pain in the butt. She does not appear to be in pain and her eyes are still a bright, beautiful green. She eats, drinks and goes potty like a healthy cat. Is she just going senile? Debbie Poling Croff
You might have answered your own question with your final sentence. Cats tend to get chattier with age, and senility can be one of the causes. She may be getting disoriented when she’s downstairs in the dark by herself. Consider leaving a light on for her. Maybe your cat would like this nightlight.
Because you say your cat’s meowing is constant, however, she should visit her vet. Kidney and thyroid issues are more common in senior cats and crying is a symptom for both conditions.
Use positive reinforcement — petting, brushing, soothing words of praise, presentation of a favorite toy or treat — when your girl is quiet. Ignore her when she’s loud (as long as you know she’s not trapped in a room, hungry or thirsty, or just lonely for company).