Why does my cat meow so much?
If you’re like me, you want to know what your cat is trying to convey (especially when they won’t shush).
From just saying “hello” to simply being hungry, here are some possible explanations for constant meowing.
Reasons a Cat May Be Meowing a Lot
1. The cat simply wants attention
Maybe this is because the cat wants to play, or they’re bored. Don’t respond every time your cat meows — instead, give them attention when they get quiet. If your cat keeps meowing, walk away until they calm down.
Walking away is for excessive meowing, but do be sure to spend time with your cat every day (they are part of your family, after all). Playing with your cat also provides a proper amount of exercise, essential for their well-being.
Keep rewarding the quiet behavior and ignoring the constant meowing. Rewarding your cat for their calmness can help curb the noises, but it might still be a long process.
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Meowing is one way a cat communicates, and your cat may be trying to tell you that they don’t feel well.
Cats are good at hiding illnesses, and meowing or making noise without showing interest in food could be a warning sign of an ailment that needs attention.
Constant cat meowing could be a sign of an overactive thyroid, kidney disease, problems urinating or a host of other health issues. If this behavior is something new in your cat, it’s worth a trip to the veterinarian.
My cat usually meows for only 2 things: a litter box–related reason or food.
If the food bowl is empty, he makes sure to let me know.
Once a day, usually in the evening, he gets canned food instead of dry food. He seems programmed to this ritual and will meow when walking around the kitchen and waiting for this special meal.
Make sure your cat is getting enough food and is eating at the appropriate times. And while you’re at it, check that the water bowl is full, too.
Changes in the home, new people, new animals or other causes could stress your cat out.
If your cat is meowing a lot during these changes, it could be an occasional “I don’t like this” meow or a constant, loud “I’m really mad about this!” noise.
Of course, your cat can’t tell you this, so keep an eye out for new changes that may upset them and interact with them as much as you can. If you are adding an animal to your household, properly socialize the new pet with your cat to avoid behavioral issues.
5. Old age and confusion
Cats, just like people, can become forgetful or confused in old age.
Disorientation is not uncommon, and your cat may meow out of frustration or confusion. Leave a light on at night if your cat vocalizes then or if they are bumping into things.
It also can’t hurt to have the vet take a look to see if it’s something more serious.
Why does my cat meow so much? Check out the range of noises this little meow-machine makes:
6. The cat is in heat
Female cats in heat can become very vocal suddenly. They do this to attract males. Males are also noisy if they detect a cat in heat nearby.
Do yourself and the feline overpopulation problem a favor — have your cat spayed or neutered.
7. The cat just wants to say hello
Sometimes your cat may be meowing to say hi. It’s as simple as that.
Please: Don’t Yell at Your Cat for Meowing
Interact with your cat and try to calm them if the vocalizations become worrisome.
Don’t scold your cat for meowing. Apart from not being nice, this may cause fear and insecurity — which would mean further behavioral issues.
- “Meowing and Yowling.” ASPCA. https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/cat-care/common-cat-behavior-issues/meowing-and-yowling.
- Yin, Sophia, DVM. “Cat Constantly Meows and Drives Owner Crazy.” Cattle Dog Publishing. Aug. 17, 2009. https://drsophiayin.com/blog/entry/cats_constant_meowing_is_driving_owner_crazy/.
- Newman, Aline Alexander, and Gary Weitzman, DVM. How to Speak Cat: A Guide to Decoding Cat Language. National Geographic Books. 2015.
- Moore, Arden. The Cat Behavior Answer Book: Practical Insights & Proven Solutions for Your Feline Questions. Storey Publishing. 2007.