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Why Cats Meow - Stop Excessive Meowing
Why Cats Meow
Cats can meow just as much as a dog will, so that's just something that you can't get away with if you're looking for a pet that isn't going to make much noise. If that's what you want, try getting a fish or reptile instead of a cat or dog, as they do not use their voices for communication, they don't communicate at all.
Cats will communicate. They will meow for many reasons, and you'll find that some cats are more vocal than others. In some cases, that will be dependent on the breed of the cat, as some cat breeds are more vocal than others. Siamese cats are known to very vocal, meowing and even growling.
Other cat breeds that are prone to being very vocal include:
- American Curl
- American Wirehair
- Egyptian Mau
- Japanese and American Bobtail
- Maine Coon
- Turkish Van
Cats will meow to notify that
something is wrong, they're interested in something, they're hungry or
thirsty, they meow to get attention, and them meow and make noises
during breeding season. Cats make noise, and after a while, if you have a
cat, you'll start to realize that she may make different types of meows
depending on what she wants.
Just remember that meowing is your cat's form of communication, so all cats will meow at some point in time. It's your opinion as to what becomes excessive meowing.
Why Cats Meow
Common reasons that cats meow include but are not limited to the following:
- To greet people.
- To get attention.
- To ask for food. (Stop feeding your cat when she meows while you're in the kitchen; you're rewarding her by feeding, as that's what she's asking for)
- To be let inside or outside. (It may take weeks or even months to stop the meowing, especially if you're trying to transition the cat from an outside to an inside one, or vice versa. Cats that are inside and outside may not stop meowing, as meowing gets them what they want, either in or out.)
- Because of health issues, especially in regards to older cats who may suffer mential confusion or cognitive dysfunction.
To find a mate.
The Meows and Other Noises
Depending on the pitch and pace of the meow, your cat may be telling you something different. So nice time your cat is meowing, try to listen to the type of meow, so that next time you hear that meow, you know what she wants.
Other noises that cats make include hisses, growls, screams, chirps, and chatters.
Hisses, growls, and screams are sounds usually made by a scared cat; when the cat feels threatened and wants to discourage an attack, you may hear these sounds. Chirps and chatters are noises a cat may make when she's watching a potential prey (bird, mouse, lizard, etc.).
How to Stop Excessive Meowing
If your cat is not normally vocal and talkative, you may want to consider taking her to the vet to ensure that there's not a medical condition going on. There are some diseases that can make a cat feel hungry, thirsty, restless, or irritable, which can cause a cat to be more vocal in attempts to get what she wants. If your cat is an older cat your vet may suspect an overactive thyroid or kidney disease, as both of these conditions may illicit excess meowing.
Once medical conditions have been ruled out, you can try to stop the excess meowing by figuring out why your cat is meowing so much. Once you figure out the cause, you'll be able to stop the meowing a little easier.
- If your cat is a greeting meower, it will be hard to stop her, but if you think about it, it's just a once in a while meow versus a constant meowing.
- If your cat is meowing for attention, ignore her until she stops. If you give her the attention she's asking for, you're just rewarding the meowing. Wait until she has stopped meowing to pet her and love on her. If she starts meowing again, stop and walk away.
- If your cat is meowing from loneliness, consider spending more time at home, getting your cat a playmate, or getting a pet sitter to watch your cat while you're not at home. Cats are social creatures, so if left alone, a cat may meow constantly when you're home. If you don't see a change in your schedule, you may even want to consider re-home her, as cats need social interaction.
- If your cat is meowing for food and treats, stop feeding her when she meows. Just like petting when your cat meows for attention, treating when your cat meows for food is just treating the behavior that you want to stop. Your cat may meow and meow all day long waiting for a treat, but eventually she'll learn that meowing just doesn't earn her that reward anymore. If your don't really give your cat treats, but she meows for breakfast and dinner, either start feeding on a set schedule, wait until she's not meowing to feed, or provide an automatic feeder. She'll start waiting at the bowl when she learns the schedule instead of meowing at you. This will help if your cat is one of those who wakes you up early in the morning wanting breakfast.
- If your cat is meowing to be let in or outside, consider putting in a cat door so that you don't have to be her doorman.
- Consider altering male and female cats that haven't been altered. Unaltered females will become very vocal and affectionate when they come into heat; they will rub on you, purr, and meow constantly for 4 to 10 days every 18 to 24 days. Unaltered males will meow excessively when he smells a cat in heat; he may pace and meow constantly.
Always remember to reward your cat when she's not meowing, and you know that it's a situation when she would normally meow. Make sure to provide your cat with plenty of attention and love. Make sure that your cat is mentally entertained, as well as physically; remember that cats get bored.
What Not to Do When Re-Training Your Cat
- Do not ignore your cat, as they general meow when they need something, so check that all the cat's needs (water, access to litter box, etc.) are met before assuming she just wants attention.
- Do not punish your cat.
- Do not use any negative devices (collars, etc.)
- You want to Always Be patient and consistent.