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.
While your cat may go in and out of hiding around the house, the truth is that they don’t enjoy being alone. They seek connection. If your cat is meowing, it may be a sign that you aren’t spending enough quality time with them. It’s their distress signal saying, “Hey, remember me?” The constant meowing could mean they want you to give them a fun activity (like a toy).
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.
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.
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. Finally, don’t give in easily to their meowing. If you do, it’s only going to continue in the future.
Contact The Catonsville Cat Clinic Today!
For 20 years, the Catonsville Cat Clinic has been providing quality veterinary care to the cats of Catonsville and beyond! Dr. Pam Nesbitt, who purchased the practice in July of 2011, runs the Catonsville Cat Clinic with compassion in mind. A team of professionals with an advanced level of veterinary medicine is at your service to make sure your cat is healthy and happy. So stop on by; we’d love to get to know you and your cat!
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