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Why Is My Spayed Female Cat Yowling? 6 Possible Reasons

If you’ve recently had your female cat spayed, you might’ve thought it would remedy any yowling that was happening. Once your cat is no longer experiencing heat, it would have no reason to yowl, right? Not necessarily.

Yowling—just like meowing and purring—are forms of communication for your cat. So, being spayed won’t automatically mean your female cat will never yowl again. Hopefully, it will be the end of any constant yowling, but your cat may still yowl when an occasion arises that requires it.

These six possible reasons are the most likely ones a female cat would still be yowling after being spayed.


6 Reasons Why Your Spayed Female Cat is Yowling

1. Stress & Anxiety

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Stress and anxiety can make your cat yowl like the world is ending, and there are plenty of things that can stress our feline friends out. Stressful situations can include moving homes, a new pet (or baby) moving into the house, or even large natural disasters such as tornadoes and storms. Your kitty can also become anxious over factors in their surrounding environments, such as loud noises or dogs insistently barking at them. In this case, yowling can be a way to express that stress and anxiety.

Another instance in which your cat can become anxious is car rides. Not all cats enjoy being put in a pet carrier and traveling in the car, whether it’s long or short distances. For one, they can’t see what’s going on, or they also might be the type of cat who experiences motion sickness. Feeling sick and stressed is a double whammy, so is it any surprise they’d complain?

How To Remedy the Issue

There are ways you can help ease your cat’s anxiety and stress when it happens. First and foremost, try limiting as many stressors as possible. You can’t always do this (for example, if it’s a move that’s making them anxious), but if it’s something within your control, do it. If there are loud noises outside, move your cat somewhere quieter. If there’s a storm, cuddle your cat or, at the least, stay nearby.

Whatever is causing your cat stress, it’s always a good idea to stay calm. Hearing your cat yowl can be a bit of a scary experience but remaining calm will help them stay calm as well.

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2. Attention Seeking

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Your spayed female cat’s yowling may simply be a matter of it seeking your attention. Your pet might want you to play with it, or it could be hungry. And if you haven’t noticed your pet trying to get your attention with meows or pointed looks, it could easily decide to switch to yowling to get what it wants.

Cats can also get lonely, so if you come home to your kitty greeting you with yowls, it could be its way of saying, “I missed you; please, don’t leave again”.

How To Remedy the Issue

We know it isn’t always possible to give your cat what they want the second they want it, but if you find your cat yowling often with the intent of getting your attention, try ignoring it when it’s caterwauling and paying attention when it isn’t yowling. You don’t have to pay more attention, necessarily, but add structured attention into your days.

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3. Pain

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You’ve likely experienced this one. Your cat does something that ends up with them getting injured or trapped, and you hear a horrifying yowl that scares you to death. Yowling doesn’t automatically mean an injury that’s just happened like a fall, though. Your cat could be experiencing pain internally that’s bad enough for them to cry about it instead of going to hide out over it instead.

How To Remedy the Issue

If your pet isn’t stressed and you’ve tried meeting their needs but they’re still yowling, it’s time to take them to the vet. The vet will be able to let you know if something is hurting your cat and, hopefully, fix the problem.

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4. Being Territorial

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It may seem like male cats would be more territorial than females, but females can be quite territorial too! And if you’re spending all your time with a person or another pet, they can get jealous. The result may be yowling to get your attention, followed by trying to insert themselves between you and whatever (or whoever) is taking up your time.

How To Remedy the Issue

There may not be a lot you can do for this issue, but you can try making sure to include your cat in interactions with other people (if your cat will let you) and giving equal time and attention to all pets in the home.

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5. Senior Felines

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Do you own a senior feline who’s taken to yowling throughout the night? Then there’s a good chance it is beginning to suffer from cat dementia. As with humans, cats’ cognitive functions start to deteriorate as they age. If your older cat is entering the early stages of dementia, you’ll find it is also likely dealing with loss of balance, weakening eyesight, irritability, disrupted sleep, and more.

How To Remedy the Issue

Unfortunately, as with humans, dementia in cats cannot be cured. It can, however, be managed. If you suspect your elderly feline is suffering from this ailment, talk to your vet straight away so they can help you figure out the next steps to take.

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6. Ovarian Remnant Syndrome

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Has it been months since your cat was spayed, yet it’s still showing signs of experiencing heat? If so, this could be due to a condition known as ovarian remnant syndrome. As you can probably tell from the name, this condition occurs when bits of ovarian tissue have been accidentally left behind during spaying. If even the tiniest bit of ovary tissue remains, it will produce estrogen, the hormone responsible for heat cycles. If this is what’s wrong, your cat needs to be treated as soon as possible.

How To Remedy the Issue

Ovarian remnant syndrome can be extremely dangerous if it isn’t treated, so if you suspect this is the reason for your cat’s incessant yowling, get them to the vet as soon as possible. Your vet will do tests to see if this is what’s actually occurring, and if so, they will need to do a second surgery to remove the ovarian tissue.


There are several reasons your spayed female cat is still engaging in yowling. Luckily, many reasons your cat may yowl aren’t too serious. These less serious causes of yowling can most likely be remedied by a few actions on your part, making life much happier for both you and your favorite feline.

However, there are some situations where yowling may make an occurrence that will involve a trip to your vet.

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