Cats can be the most loving, loyal, and fun companions. They can be less time-consuming than other pets and often fit more easily into your lifestyle. A friendly, purring housemate to greet you after work and cuddle on the sofa is surely one of the best things in life. But sometimes your talkative feline companion can border on annoying, especially if they keep you awake by meowing loudly at night, or you can’t hear the television over their constant yowling! Excessive meowing can definitely make your feline friend less endearing. So, what does excessive meowing mean and what can you do to stop your cat from meowing all the time?
Why do cats meow?
If your cat cries excessively it can be really annoying. Relentless meowing can be tough to take especially when it starts to impact your sleep, your enjoyment of your home life, and your bond with your beloved feline. So, what do you do when your cat won’t stop meowing?
Try to stay calm and consider the reasons why it might be happening. Firstly, decide whether it is a brand-new problem or whether your cat has always done it to an extent. Perhaps your cat is a new addition so you’ve no idea what is normal for them.
If stress-related, there are anti-anxiety medications that may help or if it is sexually motivated behavior, the advice may be as simple as to neuter your pet. Veterinarian and cat behaviorist advice is likely to be able to shed some light on the situation and will hopefully give you some tactics or lifestyle changes that will allow you to live in harmony with your cat. Remember that however challenging you are finding living with your noisy cat, acknowledging the behavior will give your cat the attention they desire, which may encourage them to continue to behave this way. However, with patience and the correct advice, your bond with your cat could soon be restored.
Cat meowing FAQ’s
Why does my cat meow at night?
If your cat meows at night it might be because they are stressed, or even bored. If anything has changed regarding their routine, for example, if you’ve moved home or there is a new cat in the area, this could trigger excessive meowing. The fact that the excessive meowing happens at night is normally just due to many cats being more active and awake during the night.
How do you stop a cat from meowing all night?
The first step to stopping, or at least trying to control your cat’s excessive crying at night, is to try to determine the cause. Important things to consider are whether the behavior has suddenly started, gotten worse, or always been the case and whether there have been any recent stresses or injuries that could account for it.
There are medical options to help with stress or pain causes, so an appointment with your veterinarian to rule in or out various potential reasons would be helpful. Ultimately though, your cat may just be particularly active at night and this can cause them to be more vocal.
Is my cat crying a bad sign?
Not necessarily. Cats can cry for many reasons and sometimes it’s just because they’re happy and want to interact with you. However, if you’ve noticed a change in the pattern or amount of crying, or if there are other signs of illness or injury, it would be sensible to take your cat to the veterinarian to make sure there is nothing wrong.
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