8 Reasons Your Cat Keeps Meowing
Why does your cat keep meowing? Why are some cats vocal while others keep quiet? We have the answers to your mysterious questions.
1. They’re Just Saying “Hello”
Your cat may begin meowing as soon as you walk in the door after a long day at work. Sure, you may be tired and ready for your own quiet time, but take this meowing as a compliment. Isn’t it great to know that you are loved by your kitty?
2. They Aren’t Feeling Well
Meowing is a cat’s way of vocal communication. Your cat may be trying to tell you of a discomfort she may have or that something is not quite right. If your cat is always meowing at night, she could be suffering from hyperthyroidism (usually seen in cats older than 10). Other medical possibilities that may be causing the nonstop meowing are high blood pressure and/or kidney disease. A trip to the veterinarian is in line, especially if the continuous meowing is a new behaviour.
3. They Want Food
Many cats become incredibly vocal when feeding time approaches. Getting an automatic feeder that opens at set times will entice kitty to meow at the feeder – not at you. Also, make sure to check your cat’s water bowl to ensure it’s full and the litterbox to ensure it’s clean and the enterance is not blocked. These things might all be additional reasons for the extra meows.
4. They Are Stressed Out
A nervous or stressed cat tends to become meowy. Any changes in environment, an illness, or the loss of a loved one can trigger stress in a cat. Once you figure out what is stressing her, you will be able to help her adjust to the changes. Give her extra attention and quiet time during this adjustment period.
5. They Are Going Senile
As with humans, cats can suffer from a form of mental confusion because of aging. Becoming disoriented, they often meow pathetically for no apparent reason, especially at night. Try a nightlight if the cat seems to experience nighttime disoriention.
6. They Want to Breed
Female cats go crazy with the vocalizations when they are in heat, and male cats reciprocate when they smell the female in heat. This can be a maddening noise to live with, so do what Bob Barker always told us and have your pet spayed or neutered!
7. They Want Attention
Just as a child learns to cry when he wants something, excessive cat meowing sometimes is the feline’s way of getting what he or she wants. If your cat is always meowing to initiate play or to seek your attention, stop responding every time you hear her meow. Give her attention only when she is quiet. When she begins meowing again, walk away.