My first post and unfortunatley it is asking for advice!
We have a 16 year old neutered female cat. She is up to date with worming/flea treatment and had some dental work done approx 5 years ago. We have owned her for 10 years and she came from within the family as an unwanted pet. She did have a feline companion until she passed away two years ago and it has just been her and our two dogs since then.
Our problem is in the last year she has steadily got worse and worse with meowing and yowling. To the extent now she is waking my two small children up in the night and extremely early in the morning. She is constant access to food/water and can go out in a secure garden when she likes. The dogs do not hassle her and she gets on well with them. We do not believe it is attention seeking as my husband has made a point of getting up early with her in the morning and petting her last thing at night but she quite often jumps off his lap and goes upstairs to yowl.
We have tried shutting her in one room at night but she just yowls louder to be let out! We also tried putting her outside but again the same thing happened and as she is an older cat we did not feel comfortable doing this on colder nights.
Any advice would be very much welcome as it is really starting to cause problems for our children sleeping at night.