7 Reasons Your Cat May Be Meowing Constantly

Hunger, stress or even old age may have your cat exercising her vocal chords more often than you’d like to hear.

Why does my cat meow so much?
Stress is just one of many reasons your cat may be meowing all the time. By: Flo

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 he won’t shush). From “Hello!” to hunger, 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 he’s just bored. Don’t respond every time your cat meows — instead, provide attention when he becomes quiet. If your cat keeps meowing, walk away until he calms down.

Walking away is for excessive meowing, but do be sure to spend time with your cat every day (he’s part of your family, after all). Playing with your cat also provides a proper amount of exercise, essential for his well-being.

Keep rewarding the quiet behavior and ignoring the constant meowing. Rewarding your cat for his calmness can help curb the noises, but it might still be a long process.

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2. Sickness

Meowing is one way a cat communicates, and he may be trying to tell you that he doesn’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.

3. Hunger

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.

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Times of stress and change can make your cat meow more than usual. When in doubt, though, see your vet. By: rtdphotography

4. Stress

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 him and interact with him 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 he’s 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 him 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.

Kristine Lacoste

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Kristine Lacoste, editor in chief of Petful, has been researching dog and cat breeds for nearly a decade and has observed the animals up close at dog shows in both the United States and the United Kingdom. She is the author of the book One Unforgettable Journey, which was nominated for a Maxwell Award from the Dog Writers Association of America, and was host of a weekly pet news segment on the National K-9 Academy Radio Show. In addition, she was the New Orleans coordinator for Dogs on Deployment, a nonprofit that helps military members and their pets, for 3 years. Kristine has researched and written about pet behaviors and care for many years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology, another bachelor’s degree in English and a Master of Business Administration degree.

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