6 Reasons Why Your Cat Is Meowing So Much
During the roaring twenties, "the cat's meow" was a well-known expression used to describe someone who was considered stylish, impressive or excellent in some way. When it comes to the real feline's meow, the most common reasons for continuous meowing is most likely because they are either seeking attention or are hungry.
But if they're constantly caterwauling, howling or yowling, this behavior could be the sign of another typical behavioral issue or a serious medical condition. Here are six of the most common reasons cats are meowing more than usual.
1. Health Issues
Hyperthyroidism & Kidney Disease
Health problems are one of the most common causes of excessive meowing. If a cat is suffering from symptoms of an overactive thyroid or kidney disease, like thirst, hunger, or pain, their vocalization will increase in order to get your attention and some relief from their symptoms.
As cats continue to age along with their human counterparts, some of them may begin to show symptoms of the feline version of Alzheimer's disease. This condition causes cognitive dysfunction and when confused, a cat will become overly vocal due to the fact they don't understand their environment or a state of uncertainty.
According to the ASPCA, if an unsterilized female cat is yowling they're likely seeking a mate. The same is true for an un-neutered male. Howling females are advertising their availability to the males, and the males are responding in a request to participate.
Owners of indoor-outdoor cats are accustomed to their felines requesting entrance into or out of the house by meowing. Those with a pet who is trained to remain indoors may still vocalize their efforts to be let outdoors.
To alleviate this type of behavior, give them access to as many windows or sliding glass doors as possible so they're able to peer outside. Your cat may be satisfied with this compromise, however depending on the cat, it might make him meow even more. If this is the case, consider keeping your curtains closed and shades drawn during the day, especially if you are not going to be home.
Especially for cats that remain indoors, they may not be getting enough exercise and activity. This can cause your cat to become bored from spending too much time alone and speak out.
If this seems to be the problem, you may want to hire a pet sitter or ask a friend, neighbor, or family member to drop by occasionally during your absence. Also, ensure they have plenty of toys that don't require human interaction and special cat-constructed accommodations that keep them active, puzzled and amused.
To pique their interest even further, consider purchasing a bird feeder or bath so they can watch their favorite prey eating and washing from indoors. You could also hide treats and toys around the house to keep them entertained. Some pet owners leave the television set on while they're away, tuned into a wildlife show. There is even content specifically designed for pets that you can purchase.
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Many cats are vocal as a way of greeting you or other members of your household, including fellow pets and other animals. Saying hello when you arrive home after a long hard day at work or school is a welcome relief for many pet owners. But if the meowing lasts more than a few minutes, there could be an underlying problem causing them to communicate in excess.
Many canines become destructive when suffering from separation anxiety. This type of stress can affect cats too, making them more vocal in your absence. If they're meowing more in your presence they may be suffering from stress as the result of:
- The loss of a loved one
- Moving or relocating to a new home
- An addition of a new pet or arrival of a baby
- Other sudden, unexpected changes in their home
Once again, they could also have an underlying, undiagnosed illness or are suffering from a source of unrecognized pain. If there doesn't seem to be an obvious source of stress, take them to see a veterinarian in order to ensure they have a clean bill of health.
Please contact us if your cat has recently increased their meowing. A check-up is in order to rule out any health issues. It's not worth the risk to assume there's nothing wrong with them if they're being excessively vocal for no apparent reason.
About Dr. Natalie Waggener
Dr. Natalie Waggener has 17 years of experience in emergency work and general practice in Rhode Island, Florida and Massachusetts. She has a special interest in dentistry, wellness care and rehabilitation therapy. She is currently licensed in both Massachusetts and Rhode Island.