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How to Stop your Cat Meowing at Night

Updated on May 25, 2012

Cat owners love their pets and would not want to live without them. However, it can be quite aggravating if your cat insists on meowing at night, keeping you awake. It can also be very upsetting when you worry about why he is doing it and if there is something wrong with him; not to mention it makes you irritable the next day when you don't get a full nights sleep. Thankfully, my cat has only meowed a couple of times at night but not enough to disturb my sleep.

There are many reasons that cats meow during they night. They want attention, they are hungry, they are lonely, they are aging, they are in heat, they are bored, or they have an underlying health condition. Cats like to have things their way and if they are not happy, they will usually let you know.

A cat meowing at night can keep you awake and make you cranky
A cat meowing at night can keep you awake and make you cranky | Source

Does My Cat Need a Vet?

As with any behavioral problems you might experience with your cat, you must find out from your vet if it is a medical problem that is causing the meowing at night. Once you rule any medical reasons out, you can try and figure out what is causing the meowing behavior and how to stop it.

Is My Cat Lonely?

If you cat is a single cat, he might get lonely when he has no one to play with at night. The best way to solve this is to make sure you give your cat a lot of quality attention during the day. Playing with him will not only satisfy his need for companionship but it will also help to tire him out so he might sleep more during the night. Also, while many people do not agree for a number of different reasons, you can let your cat sleep in the bed with you at night.

Is My Cat Bored?

Cats can get bored easily if there is nothing to stimulate their mind. At night the TV is off, the music is off, it is much quieter outside and there is no one to play with. One solution for this is to make sure you leave out a lot of toys for him to play with during the night; just make sure they are quiet toys or you will still not be sleeping at night.

Is My Cat Hungry?

If your cat is looking for food at night, don't give in and start feeding him. If your cat is meowing at night because he is hungry make sure he gets enough to eat during the day and then put the dishes away out of his reach. If he doesn't see an empty food bowl maybe he won't think about it as much.

Is My Cat Old?

Many older cats get confused at night; their eyesight isn't as good as it was and they can get lost. A solution to this is to put a nightlight in the area where the cat is most likely to be. This will help him see better and will most likely cut down on the meowing at night.

Is My Cat in Heat?

One reason cats meow at night is because they are in heat and looking for a partner. The simple solution to this is to make sure your cat is spayed or neutered; this will calm down their behavior and most likely stop them from meowing at night.

What Breed of Cat is the Noisiest?

Siamese cats are amongst the noisiest cats of all, they have a loud insistent meow that you can't miss or easily ignore. I may not get off the hook so easily with my cat since he is an ocicat, which means he has some Siamese in him.

What if Nothing Helps Stop My Cat from Meowing?

What if you have followed all these tips and nothing helps? Another way you can treat that negative behavior is by either blowing cool air on the cat from a hair dryer or spraying him with a water bottle. If you can, it's suggested that you do this without the cat figuring out where it's coming from. The cat will soon equate the unpleasant feeling with his meowing and will most likely stop.

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  • SallyTX profile image

    Sally Branche 

    5 years ago from Only In Texas!

    You know, I was suddenly gifted with 3 kittens a little while back, and when I first got them I knew they would tear around the house meowing and carrying on at night, so I set them up in a very large dog carrier with a bed, litter box, food and water and covered it with a dark blanket at bedtime. They settled right down. Now they are grown, and they expect to be put to bed every night. They are perfectly happy with it! Good information! Voted up and useful! ;D

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    Rick Zimmerman 

    6 years ago from Northeast Ohio

    UW: As a cat owner, I appreciate the tips! This holiday season, you might want to check out my festive 'Leo' the cat hubs, or perhaps any of my more than two dozen Little-Known Santas, like:

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    6 years ago from Florida

    My kitten doesn't meow, but she runs around and scrathes and bites everything. And when I try to get her to stop by picking her up and setting her on the floor, she spits at me! Do you know why this could be?

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    6 years ago from America

    Our cat meows in the evening because that is when we go outside with him. He likes to catch bugs so every little while he wants to go out. My husband should have never started it. He let the cat out with him when he would go out for a smoke. If we turn off the lights and go to bed he stops. He is a talker. My husband said I started that because I have always talked baby talk to him.

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    Stephanie Henkel 

    6 years ago from USA

    My cat Gemini is an Oriental Shorthair with many Siamese characteristics. He loves to "talk" and can be demanding when he wants something. He does occasionally meow at night, but will stop if I tell him "No!" I'm convinced that cats can tell when you mean what you say. Enjoyed your hub and your suggestions for quieting a meowing cat.

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    Susan Keeping 

    6 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

    Thanks for all the great comments, glad you liked my information.

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    Susan Keeping 

    6 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

    Same with my cat Wilderness.

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    Dan Harmon 

    6 years ago from Boise, Idaho

    As long as our bedroom door is open all is quiet. Close the door and Shadow will meow and scratch the door all night long - no sleep at all!

    Open the door and he will come in, check it all out, and promptly leave again. Just wants access to us, I suppose, although he does sleep on the bed with us some of the time.

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    Diana L Pierce 

    6 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

    This hub is full of useful ideas to quiet our feline companions. Voted up.

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    6 years ago from Waukesha, Wisconsin

    One of our cats has a really ODD reason for meowing at night! She has this little fleece blanket that I tied into a knot when she was just a kitten for her to play with. She carries this little knotted blanket upstairs, drops it on the floor at the entrance to our bedroom and MEOWS (almost like a howling sound).

    We believe that she thinks this little blanket is her "baby." If I get up and tell her she is a good kitty for bringing her "baby" upstairs, she quiets down! Strange I know! But we know what the cause is of her meowing, and she doesn't meow any more after that. We just consider it to be one of her little "quirks." :) Great hub with lots of useful information! :)

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    Joyce Haragsim 

    6 years ago from Southern Nevada

    No cats here. You written a great hub to help your followers.

    Voted up useful and interesting, Joyce.

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    6 years ago

    Meowing at night is only one of my sons cats problems. The live baby bird in my kitchen now seems more concerning!

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    6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    I find my cat meows if he wants attention. I usually reserve time to give him my undivided attention each day. He is then satisfied. I do keep all his bowls full and his litter box he never meows at night that I am aware of!

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    Penelope Hart 

    6 years ago from Rome, Italy

    AWWwww. Of course we can put our cats into bed with us!! Wonderful someone gave us permission, Thanks so much.

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    6 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

    Excellent information! One of our cats meows when his food bowl gets low - not empty, mind you, just low. Rule #1 in this house about managing cat behavior at night is to make sure the food bowl is topped off before nightfall. Now, if we could just keep the dog from chasing the cats! Up, interesting, useful.

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    Stephanie Hicks 

    6 years ago from Bend, Oregon

    My childhood pet, a cat named Stripey, was part Siamese. I loved how he "talked" to me. As he got older, we noticed that he meowed more at night. Never occurred to me that it had something to do with age. Excellent article! Rated up and useful. Best, Steph

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    Frieda Babbley 

    6 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

    Uninvited writer, I just love this article. I would have never thought of half of these. My cats are Siamese and do meow at night sometimes impossibly, though thankfully not often. It's either because one of them is outside and the other inside, or they don't have food or water, or they want to go outside, or the human they like to sleep with isn't home.


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