What It Means If Your Cat Won’t Stop Meowing

Do you have a cat that just won’t stop meowing? While this behavior is definitely cute, it can be frustrating for pet owners who wish they knew exactly what their cat was trying to communicate. Don’t worry—we have the answers right here! Read on to learn some of the most common “messages” your vocal cat is trying to convey.

Meow Message #1: “Pay Attention to Me!”

While cats have a reputation for being loners, they actually do crave human companionship. If your cat’s meowing, there’s a pretty good chance it wants some attention. Naturally, we recommend you spend plenty of quality time with your cat. However, to cut down on attention-seeking meows, that time should be spent when your cat’s being quiet and well-behaved. Giving cuddles after excessive meowing will reinforce your cat’s noisy behavior.

Meow Message #2: “Feed Me!”

Do the meows intensify when you walk into the kitchen? If so, your cat may be telling you it wants to eat, and the meows may not stop until you satisfy their hunger IMMEDIATELY. If your cat tends to be very vocal until it’s fed, you may want to consider giving it 4-6 small meals throughout the day so it doesn’t get overly hungry.

Meow Message #3: “I’m Bored”

Just like people, cats can grow bored. To keep them entertained, it’s a good idea to have a lot of toys on hand that will keep your cat active and interested. Some good toys include scratching posts, balls, laser pointers, boxes, and paper bags.

Also, it’s a good idea to remember here that some breeds are more vocal than others. For instance, Siamese, Abyssinians, Burmese, and Bengal cats all tend to meow more than other cat breeds. Before assuming your cat is bored, you may want to consider whether your cat’s meowing is just “business as usual” for your cat’s breed.

Meow Message #4: “I’m Getting Older…”

Many cats get more vocal as they age. Sometimes they begin to meow more often or with greater intensity because their hearing begins to incline. Other times, pain, dementia, or the stress associated with aging can cause them to meow a lot. If your older cat is beginning to meow more often, you may want to bring it in for a checkup so we can rule out illness.

Meow Message #5: “I’m in Pain.”

The most common cause of excessive meowing is cat pain. This could be caused by any number of things including dental, abdominal, or orthopedic problems. Your cat’s meowing may even be related to thyroid problems or cancer. So, if your previously quiet cat has just started meowing with greater frequency, it’s a good idea to have it checked by a vet. We can do a thorough exam to rule out any signs of injury or illness.

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