My Cat Is Pacing All Night: What's Up?

Cats that pace all night might have a medical problem.

If you have a cat that is up pacing all night while you're trying to sleep, you might be getting frustrated. It's easy to think that your cat is acting spitefully; trying to keep you up because you're spending too much time at work or not giving her enough treats. The fact is that there might be a more sinister reason for the development of night-time pacing in your feline companion.

Reasons for a Sudden Development of Night-time Pacing in Cats

If your cat suddenly begins pacing, perhaps even meowing, at night, one of the following might be the culprit:

Diagnosis of Night-time Pacing in Cats

If your cat suddenly begins pacing or meowing at night, the first thing to do is take her to the veterinarian. A thorough physical exam should reveal any sources of pain. The doctor will also take a thorough history from you and use it, as well as your cat's age and any other medical conditions, to determine the most likely cause of the pacing. Blood work might be recommended to check for hyperthyroidism and to evaluate general health.

Treatment of Nocturnal Pacing in Cats

The treatment for a cat's night-time pacing will depend on its cause. The main thing to keep in mind while your veterinarian is diagnosing the condition and formulating a treatment plan is to remain patient. Regardless of the cause, your kitty isn't trying to make you miserable.

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