Reasons Behind Consistent Meowing
Every cat meows, but does yours seem to do it too much? It’s an interesting question to ponder, and there are reasons that vary from cat to cat, and depending on where they’re at in the developmental process. A cat’s meow could be a call for attention. Or like some of us, they may just enjoy hearing their own voice. Here is what Catonsville Cat Clinic sees as the top reason behind consistent meowing.
Consistent Meowing For Attention
While your cat may go in and out of hiding around the house, the truth is they don’t enjoy being alone. They seek connection. If your cat is meowing consistently, it may be a sign that they aren’t getting enough quality time with you. It’s their distress signal. They’re saying, “Hey, remember me?”
This is especially true if your cat is home alone during the day while your gone at work. Consider keeping your cat entertained while you’re gone. You can leave a TV on, hang a bird feeder outside a window, or get them more interactive toys.
Not Feeling Well
If your cat is meowing at an above average rate, it may be a sign that they’re not feeling well and could potentially be dealing with an illness. If you think this is the case, immediately take them to your veterinarian to go through a standard checkup.
There are plenty of diseases out there that could contribute to your cat’s excessive meowing, especially if it’s of older age. Issues with the thyroid and kidney disease can both cause excessive yelling. Older cats can become disoriented and cry out for seemingly no reason. This generally happens at night. Using a mild night light may help quell this is night time cat-calling. There are also some medications that can help this, but you should consult your veterinarian first.
Consistent Meowing from Hunger
If you keep your cat on a normal feeding routine, their meows could mean that they’re hungry, as they know it’s almost time to eat. And even if there is not a consistent schedule, the meow could still be a call for food. This doesn’t mean you feed your cat every time they meow, because that could lead to a habit that will quickly bother you.
If your schedule permits, wait until your cat quiets down to feed them. If you feed them every time they start consistently meowing, they will keep doing it every time they are hungry. Getting your cat on an eating schedule is the best way to avoid this.
If that doesn’t work, try using an automatic feeder. These dish out a regimented amount of food on a regular schedule. This will be easier for you and your cat well no better when to expect it’s meals.
Stress is also a possible cause of excessive meowing, as cats express their vocal frustration this way. Whether a new pet is introduced into the house or a baby joins the family, your cat could easily be stressed out, and again, seeking attention.
Mistakes To Avoid
If your cat won’t stop meowing, do not lash out at them. Whether it’s physically or verbally, that doesn’t solve anything. You don’t want to ignore their call though, so always check on them to make sure they’re okay.
Try and figure out why they are calling out for your attention and address the issue.
Catonsville Cat Clinic can help!
We’ve seen a lot over the last 25 years of serving you. If your cat has been meowing more than usual (maybe it’s keeping you up at night), bring them in. Hopefully it’s nothing too serious and your Kitty is just bored. But on the off-chance that there is an underlying medical issue, you should not sit on this. Will have a look at your cat, consult the owner (that’s you), and get to the bottom of this. Give us a call.