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Curb Excessive Cat Meowing

When cats meow it’s their way of communicating with us humans. Adult cats don’t meow at each other. Rather this vocalization by a cat is their way of saying hello to you, letting you know they are hungry or cold,  wanting to be petted, or telling you something is wrong.

But meowing can sometimes become excessive. Here’s what you need to know about why they meow and how to curb this behavior if it seems  over the top.

Common reasons cats meow:

  • To greet people: Meowing is a cat’s way of saying hello. Expect your cat to meow to greet you  when you come home, when they meets up with you in the house and when you speak to them.
  • To get attention:.Cats can be very vocal in their requests for attention. The cat may want to be stroked, played with or simply talked to. Cats who are left alone for long periods of time each day may be more likely to meow for attention.
  • To get food: Cats can be quite demanding around mealtimes. Some cats learn to meow whenever anyone enters the kitchen. Others meow to wake you up to serve them breakfast. Cats also learn to beg for human food by meowing.
  • To be let in or out: If  they want to go outside, they will  likely learn to meow at the door.
  • To express confusion: Older cats suffering from mental confusion, or cognitive dysfunction, may meow if they become disoriented.

What to do

See a vet:  A cat who meows a lot should be checked thoroughly by a veterinarian to ensure a medical condition is not the cause of the cat’s distress. Numerous diseases can cause cats to feel unusually hungry, thirsty, restless or irritable.

Look for patterns: Look at the circumstances around the meowing and take note of what makes the meowing stop.

Curb the attention: If your cat is meowing for attention, teach them that you’ll only pay attention to when they’re quiet.

Consider a pet sitter: If you think your cat cries out of loneliness because you spend too much time out of the house, consider having a pet sitter come partway through the day to visit and play.

Try mealtime training: If your cat meows at you for food, stop feeding them when they cry. You can also try an  automatic feeder that you can schedule to open at specific times.

Get a cat door: If your cat is meowing to get you to let them  inside or to go outside, consider installing a cat door so you don’t have to service their desires to go in and out.

Neuter or spay your cat: If your female cat isn’t spayed and she periodically meows excessively, she may be in heat at those times.  If your male cat isn’t neutered and meows excessively, he may be hearing or smelling a female cat in heat.

Look for signs of aging: If your cat is elderly and has just started meowing excessively, make sure to have them evaluated by the vet for  medical conditions, sensory deficits and cognitive dysfunction.

Don’t punish your cat: While scolding or withholding something might  send your cat  scurrying at first and stop the meowing, these punishments don’t train the cat to do to what you want. Instead, your cat may simply become fearful of you.

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