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Why is my cat constantly meowing?

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Why is my cat constantly meowing?

If you own cats, chances are at some point you’ll have scratched your head and wondered ‘why is my cat meowing so much?’

The reasons why cats meow are numerous – some just want attention, others are just born great ‘talkers' and, sometimes, meowing is the first sign of a problem.

Whatever the cause, excessive meowing shouldn’t be ignored or punished. Chances are that yelling at your cat won’t stop them – it will only cause them to distrust or even dislike you. Try to discover the root of the problem so you can find a solution.

Below are some common causes of excessive meowing:

Breed – some cats are naturally more vocal than others and will communicate with you frequently. Siamese, for instance, are known to be talkers, so avoid this breed if you prefer a quieter cat.

Greeting – many cats, especially those that live indoors, will often meow in greeting when they see you. Some will meow until you acknowledge them, either with a stroke or a cuddle, and will quieten down after a few minutes.

They want something – whether it’s food, a litter change, to play or simply your attention, meowing is one way a cat will make you aware of this. This kind of meowing will usually cease when they get what they want, but it can result in excessive meowing in the hope they keep getting what they want! Make sure you reward quiet, calm behaviours to prevent this happening.

Illness – one of the most important reasons you should never ignore a meowing cat is because it may be a sign of illness. If the meowing is more excessive than normal, seems to start up out of nowhere, or is accompanied by any other worrying signs, take your cat to the vet for a check-up.

Loneliness – if your cat is left alone for long periods of time then you may find them meowing a lot more. If you have to be away from home, make sure there is plenty to occupy your cat during the day, such as interactive toys, treat dispensers, scratching posts and good vantage points for your cat to watch the world go by. If possible, consider getting a second cat for company.

Stress – changes in the environment can upset cats to the point of chronic stress, which very often manifests as excessive meowing. Moving house, having a baby, or introducing a new pet to the home are all common stressors that can lead to excessive vocalisation.

Desire to breed – if your cat is in heat, you may find them meowing more than usual. Having your cat neutered or spayed will prevent this.

Age – as cats age, they can become confused and disorientated. When they enter their golden years, meowing becomes more frequent and appears to happen for no apparent reason. Crying at night is also a likelihood.

If you think your cat is meowing excessively, schedule a vet appointment as soon as possible. After ruling out medical problems, you should consider all the other possibilities. Does the meowing have a trigger? It is accompanied by any other specific behaviours? Does your cat seem excited or distressed? Has your cat been spayed? Do you have any other pets or just the one?

The answers to these questions should help you narrow down the cause of the meowing so you can find a solution.

Written by: Hannah Dyball


23rd Feb 2018

My Garfield, is just like the cat in the picture, he Meow's for attention,

23rd Feb 2018

Hi I found this article interesting as i have a chatter box. I have 7 rescue cats in total they are a very bonded group. My zankou I've had him and his 2 sister since they where 5 week he now 6yrs he the most talkative cat I've had most night he walks around howling with his a toy in mouth and only shuts up when you call his name. I think his personality is sweet and watching it on the indoor camera is funny but just make sure everything was o.k I took him to the vet zankou got clear health check next I got an animal behaviorist she said my group are perfect they have everything they need . Some time when your fur kid starts acting strange and the vets said hr o..k and dont know what do it nice know theres other people having the same issue and willing to share ther story to help others out.

24th Feb 2018

We have a 20 year old female cat, who is deaf. She meows very loudly especially after dark. At a certain pitch this triggers our 3 year old terrier dog to raise his head and howl like a wolf, even if he is asleep. He looks surprised after he does it, as if he knows he did something, but is not sure why. His wolf howl seems to stop the cat meowing! Is the dog's howl an instinctive reaction, and how does it stop the cat?

17th Apr 2018

My cat has been meowing constantly day and night for nearly 4 months his sibling brother passed away and this is when the excessive meowing and howling started. Vet tests bloods etc are all okay.Ive tried Feliway plug ins lots of interactive toys and Zylkene as advised by my vet who thinks he is stressed due to grief but they haven't helped. Vet is considering giving him an anti depressant but has arranged for a specialist animal behaviour vet to visit my home first to assess him and to establish if he may have an underlying chronic pain condition like Arthritis etc which may be the cause of his distress as well as grieving for his brother.Its so sad to see him distressed like this but hopefully the specialist vet will determine the cause and he can start treatment with a view to being a happy cat again and I'll be able to get some sleep too!

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