A tiny kitten with blue eyes is meowing.

Why Does My Cat Keep On Meowing?

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Cats are able to produce many sounds and most of them, like purring or hissing, is used to communicate with other cats while meowing is saved for people only. We love to hear our cats meow as we think of it as a sign of love or their way of talking to us. But sometimes, meowing becomes excessive and can be a sign of illness or other problems. In this post, we’ll go into the reasons for cats’ meowing for you to understand your emotional support pet better.

Cat is Hungry

A hungry cat is sitting near the bowl.
A cat can wake you up in the morning with a meow to make you feed it.

We all know that loud “meow” that cats make when they see you coming to the kitchen. Meowing is their sign of showing that they are hungry or that it’s just time to give them a treat. Hungry cats might meow in the morning for you to wake up and serve them breakfast or close to the meal time if you have a habit of feeding your cat at the same time every day. If you want your cat to stop meowing for food, don’t feed them while they meow — wait until they calm down and give them a treat. Make sure you give them the right amount of food according to their age and weight but don’t overfeed them as it might lead to health problems.

Cat is Lonely

Even though many people think of cats as independent animals who prefer being alone most of the time, it’s not always the truth. Many cats become closely attached to their owners and might become anxious or bored when left alone for too long with meowing being the main sign of it. If your ESA cat is spending most of its time alone while you are at work, make sure to give them enough attention in the evening — pet them, play, or talk to them. You might also want to think of getting one more cat for them to keep the company to each other while you are away.

Cat is Sick

A vet is examining the cat.
A meow may be a signal of different health disorders.

Excessive meowing might be a sign of something going wrong, especially if the meowing starts suddenly and won’t stop for a long time. It’s better to call for a vet appointment to check your pet for one of the medical conditions such as:

  • Trauma;
  • Kidney disease;
  • Loss of vision or hearing;
  • Feline hyperesthesia syndrome;
  • Hyperthyroidism.

These and other conditions might lead to your act being anxious, thirsty, hungry, or in pain, which, in turn, leads to excessive vocalizing. More likely, everything’s fine and your cat is just seeking attention but it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Cat is Old

Not a lot of cats’ owners know about it but aging cats can experience cognitive dysfunction or mental confusion similar to Alzheimer’s disease in humans. A cat suffering from this condition might feel disoriented or scared, especially at night, and cries for help. Even though it can be treated completely, a vet can prescribe medication to ease the symptoms and help your older cat feel better and live a more fulfilling life.

Cat Wants to Mate

A hand and a paw are making a heart.
Cats may meow when they want to demonstrate their affection.

If your cat is not neutered, get ready for a lot of loud meowing during the mating time. Female cats tend to show affectionate behavior and meow a lot when they are in heat and male cats can start meowing to get access to females. Even though there are some medications to calm down the heated cat, it’s better to consider neutering if having a home full of kittens is not in your plans.

Cat is Stressed

When you are stressed, you can shout, cry, or just talk about it but cats have nothing but meowing to show that they are not feeling well. There are many things that can make your cat stressed such as:

  • A new animal or even a baby. Cats love the company but can get stressed when the unexpected member joins a family. 
  • Moving to a new house or a sudden shift in furniture. House repairs are stressful for humans, let alone our small four-legged friends scared of loud noises and a new environment. 
  • Loss of a loved one. Cats can get very close with their owner and get very stressed if he or she is no more around. 

If you think that your cat is being stressed, make sure to give them some extra attention and help adjust to changes in their life. 

Cat Wants to Go Out 

A cat is meowing to go out.
Cats cannot cope with opening and closing the doors themselves.

Every cat’s owner knows how loud their pet can get if they want you to open the door for them to go in or out. It doesn’t mean that they WILL go in or out but open that door nevertheless and better hurry up. You might experience a lot of vocalizing if your cat used to go outdoors and now you want to keep them indoors only and it might take up to several months for them to adjust to get used to the change and stop hoping that meowing at the door will make it open. 

Cat is Angry  

Angry or irritated cats can start meowing or even yowling as they feel threatened or are ready to attack. Did you tread on their tail? Or turned on a vacuum cleaner? It’s better to find out what made your cat lose it and eliminate the reason before you get all scrabbled. 

Remember: constant meowing doesn’t always mean that something is wrong — you can just be lucky to have an extra vocal cat who loves greeting you and talking to you in their own way. But if it’s not something your cat used to do and you feel like it’s better to have a check — better have a check. 

by GetESA

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