Welcome to our series from the Wonderful Dr. Barry Baum, Chief of Staff
at Center-Sinai Animal Hospital in Los Angeles.
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he will answer all that he can. Just use the form that follows below,
beneath the column. Please note: If you feel the condition of your pet is
critical, Dr. Baum suggests you contact your local vet ASAP!
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Dear Dr. Baum --
My cat is 17 years old. She cannot hear at all. Several years ago
she started meowing really loud especially before taking a nap. She
does not seem to be in any pain and continues to engage in this
strange behavior. Have you ever heard of this before?
My second question is that she has recently started making coughing
sounds or a loud panting type of cough. Should I be worried that she
has something serious or could it be a cold?
Lisa, W. Newbury, MA
Hi, Lisa --
The meowing is very
common in elderly cats with hearing loss. Because they cannot hear
themselves they are not aware of how annoying it can sound. Some of
these cats also suffer from senility and the seemingly pointless
vocalizations may also be related to their diminished mental
The bouts of respiratory distress are something that should be
checked out. Heart disease or asthma are two concerns that come to
mind. Please have your cat examined. Blood and urine test as well as
chest x-rays are probably indicated.
Dr. Barry M. Baum
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