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Why Does My Cat/Kitten Meow All Night & How You Can Help!

Updated on May 7, 2020
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Donna is a writer and lover of cats. She has been a cat parent for many years. She loves sharing her love for all cats big and small!

Yowling All Night But Why?
Yowling All Night But Why? | Source

Yowling and Meowing What is the Cure?

Why Do Cats Meow All Night? Seriously? Do you ever wonder why some cats yowl and meow and others give out a high-pitched prolonged cry and leave you wondering why do cats and kittens cry?

Then there are cats who scream at the top of their lungs! Oh yeah… that one wants FOOD! What are the reasons and what could be the problem behind all this noise? What is it that right when you get settled into bed, it’s time to relax…get all comfy… and then…. the baby cries err I mean… the cat is wide awake!

I am here to help us both out so I searched high and low on the web to find answers to our little furry children’s dilemma! What is happening and it's not nocturnal.

Why Does My Cat Yowl All Night?

I want my mommy!
I want my mommy! | Source

Reasons Why Kittens Cry

Cats can excessively cry and yowl all night long. But, why? There are lots of reasons why this happens. Your cat wants to wake you up because they need your companionship.

Here are Other Reasons:

  • Hungry, thirsty– Did you check their bowls before going to bed? This is your wake up call!
  • Is Feline being territorial? Doesn’t want to share their space?
  • A female cat may be in–heat – is there an outside guest in your yard? Hmm…. the plot thickens...
  • Male cats fighting over your female cat? The nerve of all this racket!
  • Scared or fearful – Is your cat scared of their new home?
  • Maybe they need to be close to you and want you to wake up because they need your assurance that they are safe and providing Kitty with lots of hugs, love, and food that may help ease your kitten into your new house!

Why Do Cats Meow All Night? – What Can You Do?

Mama wake up! I'm scared!
Mama wake up! I'm scared! | Source

Kittens Have Anxiety Separation From their Mom & their Littermates

Newly adopted kittens barely weaned from their Mama is a very stressful time for both you and your kitten. Because they miss their Mama and their siblings. What happens next? A kitten in tears and what can one do to help this furry little child out?

Sometimes it gets to be a little too much too soon for a baby to handle. I know when my daughter leaves to go back home, several states away, I cry when I see her leave and she cries because she misses me too.

Kittens Are No Different!

Remember when integrating your kitten into your family, make sure you have comfort items available, lots of toys, food, and water and perhaps a playground tree or laser toys that you can interactively play with them.

Did You Know?

A crying kitty is missing their Mama’s love and snuggling with their siblings can lead a kitten to become lonely and anxious when they are first taken away – from the only family they have ever known.

What’s Wrong With My Kitten?

After a few weeks, your kitty will settle down but may still have separation anxiety issues.

  • Stress and anxiety – Just be patient and your new kitty will soon relax. It just takes time.
  • Lonely- Your Kitten may be lonely like I mentioned before or she could be bored, so she tries with all her might to wake up her new mama for much-needed TLC…. at midnight!

Coming from their Mama’s love and snuggling with their siblings can lead a kitten to become lonely and anxious when they are first taken away – from the only family they have ever known.

Just give it a few nights for your furry child to adjust and get used to her new home and her new mama and family but don't dismay she will adjust and get settled in eventually and she/he will learn to trust you and the best is yet to come...

Why Do Kittens Meow a Lot? HELPFUL TIPS/ by AnimalWised

How Can You Help A Kitty Out?

Awww.... now she sleeps with her toy! Perfect solution.
Awww.... now she sleeps with her toy! Perfect solution. | Source

Teaching Your Cat It's Bedtime

What you can do to help a kitty out;

  • Put a little stuffed animal in their bed so they won’t feel lonely. So they have something that gives them comfort.
  • Roll up a towel so the kitty can snuggle next to it or put a cat heating pad, the warmth will help them sleep.
  • If that doesn’t work. then what I do is bring the kitten to bed with me. Surround her with blankets and let her snuggle next to my side.

This is my training time for Sammie too. and when Sammie sees me go to bed, she knows its time for her to go to bed too! She will get used to my routine. Your routine will become her routine and just be patient and everything will work out one meow at a time.

Why Do Cats Meow All Night? – If All Else Fails – Buy Kitty a Turtle!

Will you be my friend?
Will you be my friend? | Source

Get A Turtle for Your Kitten!

Yes, you heard me right! Get your cat a pet of its own! I’ve done this in the past and it really helps with their separation anxiety and loneliness. Get a turtle when you get your kitten, that way they can grow up with each other and become pals! If a turtle doesn’t work, get your kitten or cat a puppy, bird, gerbil, or a cat of its own?

Something they can bond with and when you’re at work or on errands, your cat won’t be alone and will have someone to snuggle with when you aren’t around. Cats cry for several reasons, from yowling, meowing, and occasional screams of hunger. It’s a normal part of their interaction with you!

This vocalization is learned by your reaction when they have certain cries or meows for certain things.


Sammie finally learned how to cope without her cat family and now she is a happy kitty!
Sammie finally learned how to cope without her cat family and now she is a happy kitty! | Source

Well Trained In The Long Run, You Might Say?

Yes, cat parents eventually get with the program, and then it's all better now! A happy kitty with a well-trained human parent is all they ever wanted! Your kitty or cat will adjust, it takes time and patience, and love. Don’t worry, all the crying will subside once your cat or kitten gets comfortable and learns that you are their cat parent’s now and will take care of them.

What are some things that you have done or have done to help transition a new cat or kitten to your family? What has worked and how long did it take your little furry child to adjust? Let us know in the comments section!

Train Your Cat to Let You Sleep/Jackson Galaxy

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.

© 2020 Donna Rayne


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    • Donna-Rayne profile imageAUTHOR

      Donna Rayne 

      11 months ago from Sparks, Nevada

      Thank you very much, Devika, I appreciate that.

      Have a blessed day,

      Donna Rayne

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      Devika Primić 

      11 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Donna I always wondered why cats did howled out. Interesting that you should write about it. I have learned a lot here.Fascinating facts.

    • Donna-Rayne profile imageAUTHOR

      Donna Rayne 

      11 months ago from Sparks, Nevada

      Thank you so much, Nell. Cats make loud screams when they are fighting. And then there are the ones that purr you to sleep!


      Donna Rayne

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      Nell Rose 

      11 months ago from England

      I love cats. We can always hear them calling outside at night, and if they are going to fight they make a horrible noise, lol! Great hub!

    • Donna-Rayne profile imageAUTHOR

      Donna Rayne 

      11 months ago from Sparks, Nevada

      Thank you both for reading my articles. I appreciate your sweet words! Have a blessed day!

      Donna Rayne

    • MsDora profile image

      Dora Weithers 

      12 months ago from The Caribbean

      Quite revealing. Helpful for cat owners. The photo of the cat sleeping with her toy is the cutest. Thanks for sharing.

    • Ivana Divac profile image

      Ivana Divac 

      12 months ago from Serbia

      This is an interesting and well-written article. You offered good advice to all cat owners. Thank you for sharing!

    • Donna-Rayne profile imageAUTHOR

      Donna Rayne 

      12 months ago from Sparks, Nevada

      Thank you all so much for sharing advice and experiences with your loved cats. I appreciate all your kind words and thoughts.


      Donna Rayne

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      12 months ago from Sunny Florida

      I like this advice. Our cat that died last year in the last few months of his life would start meowing abou 3:30 - 4:00 AM. fo 13 1/2 years he did not do that. I started waking him up when he was sleeping during the day so he would need more sleep at night, but it didn't work.

      Thanks for a very good article, Donna.

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      The Logician 

      12 months ago from now on

      Good advice on spaying Flourish!

      If a female cat comes into heat over and over with never being bred in time she can develop a condition where she becomes infertile and howls all day and night.

      Around the month of January, a cat will continue to remain in heat for about one week, or up to 10 days, until she becomes pregnant. This cycle will repeat every 14 to 21 days. If the amount of light in the day begins to decrease in the fall, the cat typically will come out of heat. So, for the time period between January and October, the cat may regularly be in estrus. For cats that don’t seem to take a “break” after the heat period of 7 to 10 days, they may be experiencing what is known as persistent estrus. This could be a sign of a health condition and should be examined by a veterinarian.

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      William Kovacic 

      12 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Interesting article, Donna. I must say, our cats never meow at night. They just tear through the house knocking everything over. Oh, well.

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      12 months ago from USA

      I’ve typically had at least four cats of my own. When I have fostered kittens in the past for a rescue group, I developed a predictable routine for them. I still basically stick to it even now with my own cats.

      Before bed, I’d play with a wand toy or jingle balls until they were good and exhausted, then give the kittens a light meal before bedtime to keep them asleep during the night (bigger kittens and cats got treats to prevent jealousy). Group play also prevents jealousy. We’d settle down together for affection for a half hour and everyone would have their special spot to sleep, some in the bed, others underneath or in other rooms, on a nearby cat tree. Then it was lights out until the alarm. Kittens usually slept stuck like glue to me because people are warm and have beating hearts like their mama. I also had tiny hall nightlights near litter boxes and food stations in case kitties needed to get up at night to help themselves. As a result, I’ve had little problem with crying cats at night.

      Also, I must emphasize spay/neuter as soon as your vet will do it. This takes away a TON of trouble. Many, many years ago I had a kitten named Emily who was six months old. She was scheduled for spaying already, after I returned from a visit from my mother’s house. While I was gone my poor husband discovered what it’s like to live several nights with a cat in heat — oh, the slo-mo blood curdling yowling!

    • Donna-Rayne profile imageAUTHOR

      Donna Rayne 

      12 months ago from Sparks, Nevada

      Thank you very much, T! I appreciate that.


      Donna Rayne

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      The Logician 

      12 months ago from now on

      Excellent article and helpful information.


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