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How to deal with attention seeking cat

Updated on September 30, 2007

Recently I have come across a nifty little gadget called Meowlingal Cat Translation Device. The inventor claims it works by hearing the sound cat makes and translating it to human language. Now would it be wonderful if this thing actually worked? Cats are vocal creatures and they do communicate with both other cats and their human parents. Sometimes it is a simple meow and you know your cat wants to be let out. However sometimes things are not as simple.

The fact of the matter is cat will in most cases try to convey something is amiss with their meowing and howling. In some instances it can be a sign your cat is suffering from some sort of a health problem. You should have your cats checked out by a vet. Also if your usually talkative cat stops meowing altogether you should visit vet as well.

Some breeds are also more prone to "talking" then other most especially Siamese. If you do not like to have a chat with your cat, then to curb such behavior simply ignore him/her until the meowing stops and reward the cat when he/she is silent.

Another vocal attention seeking behavior is howling in the middle of the night. It can get very mournful and causes are still unknown. If you have an older cat it might be down to deafness. If it is a younger cat it can be down to Rippling Skin Disorder (usual symptoms include rippled skin on the lower back, loud and continuous meowing, erratic running, sensitivity to touch and strange eye appearance). It would be advisable to take your cat to the vet to find out what might be the cause for such behavior.

Some of the other attention seeking behaviors would include continuous begging for food, scratching inappropriate surfaces all of a sudden or pawing your arms or legs. As with majority of all things cat related the common cause for such behavior is usually stress - and the cause of stress is most usually change (such as a new addition to the family be it cat or a human, change of residence, change in the owners routine or sudden aggression in another cat).

How to deal with aforementioned behaviors? In case you suspect it is the Rippling Skin Disorder and your vet confirms the diagnoses, your cat can be helped by changes in diet, medication, getting rid of fleas and having plenty of activities available for your cat. Begging for food can be avoided by giving 3 to 4 smaller meals a day, such as canned food and the like. You can prepare a smaller meal of dry cat food for the evening and leave it during the night so your cat can help herself in case she gets peckish, I know mine does. The pawing means your cat just needs more affection. Like humans some cats are more affection then others, so it may not be a bad idea to set aside some time each day for that special cuddling - bonding time. As cats are creatures of habit and they do not like change with this type of routine they will learn they will get all the attention they crave during certain times in the day.


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