7 reasons why your cat is constantly meowing
Stress, old age or even hunger may make your cat exercise her vocal chords more frequently than you can handle.
Every cat owner has from time to time experienced excessive meowing from their feline friends. The reason is not always obvious so below are a few common reasons a cat might be meowing constantly:
1. Your cat simply needs attention
You cat will need your attention when he is bored or when he wants a playing partner. Do not respond each time your cat meows; you should instead give attention when he stops the meowing. If he continuously keeps on meowing, just walk away for a while until he calms down.
You should only walk away if the cat is excessively meowing. However, make sure that you spend quality time with your kitty every day. Play with him for it ensures the cat has exercised which is crucial to his well-being. Reward your cat when calm and ignore him when meowing constantly.
Cats also excessively meow when trying to tell you that they are sick. Remember meowing is one of the ways cats use to communicate to their owners. Although cats can be good at hiding ailments, excessive meowing without any interest in food is a sufficient warning of an illness that needs attention.
Excessive meowing can be a warning sign of kidney disease, urinating problems, thyroid or other cat related health problems. If your cat has just developed the behavior, a trip to the veterinarian is worth taking.
Some cats will meow for food-related reasons. When the bowl food is empty, your cat will let you know and not in a ‘cool manner.’ Make sure your cat gets wet food frequently, and you can surprise him with canned food sometimes.
Ensure that the cat is getting enough food at the right intervals. Also, ensure that his water bowl is full.
New animals, new people, changes in the home and many other things can cause stress to your cat. When your cat continually meows during these changes, it could just mean “I am mad at you” or “I don’t like this at all.”
Obviously, your cat will not dictate to you his dislikes. It is then up to you to recognize new changes and the effect they have on your feline companion. When bringing a new animal to your home, socialize the new pet and your cat to eliminate behavioral problems.
5. Old age confusion
Just like humans, cats can be confused or forgetful during old age. Disorientation is common, and your cat may frequently meow because of confusion and frustration. If your cat continually meows or bumps into things at night, leave the light on an entire night. You can also visit a vet for more checkups.
6. The cat is in heat
Female cats can suddenly become very vocal when they are in heat. They meow excessively to attract males. Also, males become noisy when they detect a female cat in hear close. Save yourself and the feline companions this trouble by having your cat neutered or spayed.
7. The cat just wants to say hello
Sometimes your kitty may be meowing simply to say ‘hi’ to you. It’s that.
Caution: Never yell at your cat for excessive meowing as this will cause insecurity and fear and will interfere with your relationship with your cat.
By Mellisa Jackson,