Why Does Your Cat Meow Excessively?
2 March, 2018
We love how our cats communicate with us in their many different ways. Most communicate by their actions, whether it’s swatting you, running to you or purring their little tails off. And, some cats just meow all day long. If the meowing bothers you, there are some steps you can take to quiet down your kitty.
If the meowing is a sudden, new behavior, take your cat to your Veterinarian
If your cat is meowing more often than usual, take your cat to your veterinarian. Your cat might be sick or have something stuck in his or her fur that you can’t detect and your vet will know where to check. If your cat is OK and not ill or injured, then you need to look at some other factors.
Has your home environment changed?
If you have moved, brought another feline friend into your home or even changed your work schedule, this could cause your cat to start meowing. Some cats are so sensitive that even moving their cat bed or rearranging your couch can throw him or her off. A sensitive cat might take time to adjust to this change and meow.
Your cat could simply be meowing to get your attention
Your cat might be manipulating you as he or she could has learned that all she has to do is meow and then gets whatever she wants – food, attention, and/or affection. What first started out as a one-time cry for attention can become a habit since your cat gets the desired result. The meowing can even become excessive if your cat is lonely or bored or maybe he or she wants a companion!
Some ways to break the meowing habit:
Walk away when your cat meow excessively. Ignore your kitty and wait until he or she quiets down. Each time you give in to your cat’s verbal demands, you are reinforcing the unwanted behavior. However, if you wait until your cat is quiet, your kitty will learn to associate silence with rewards.
Consider your cat’s activity level. Cats sometimes vocalize out of boredom. Kittens and younger cats need more exercise and stimulation, so make time for interactive play at least once a day. You can also purchase a food-dispensing toy for your cat, which will burn both mental and physical energy.
Teach your cat to quiet down on request: Some cats enjoy talking and some owners enjoy their cat’s chatting to them. But if you want a few moments of peace, you can teach your cat to be quiet on request. Gently ask your cat to ‘quiet down’. After a few repetitions, your cat will get the idea and obey the gentle request of ‘quiet down’ rather than being startled.
Reward the correct behavior: If your cat is meowing for attention, teach your kitty that you’ll only pay attention to her when she’s quiet. Be patient and wait for a brief moment of silence. Immediately give her the attention she craves. If she starts to meow again, walk away, and only return to her when she’s quiet. If you’re consistent, she will learn to quiet down (and throw in some extra love and petting).
Get your kitty on a feeding schedule: If your cat meows at you for food, stop feeding her when she cries! Feed her at prescribed times so she learns that it’s not worth asking for food at other times. If that doesn’t work, buy an automatic feeder that you can schedule to open at specific times. At least then she’s more likely to meow at the feeder than at you!
Don’t ever punish or scold your cat for meowing too much. It could have a lasting effect on your kitty’s meowing behavior and will only scare your poor kitty.
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