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Why Do Cats Meow?

Posted on August 8, 2012 in Adopting a Cat, Cat Behaviour, Cat Breeds, Catsense | by

Cats communicate through meowing, their method of vocalizing a need, which when communicated to people, is hard to understand what the cat is trying to say. Cats start meowing as kittens to their mothers when they are either hungry, cold, or scared. Excessive meowing in adult cats occurs due to several reasons that vary from being serious to attention seeking. It is also shown to be more pronounced in some oriental breeds, such as the Siamese. Here WebMD summarizes why your cat may be meowing excessively (also known as excessive vocalization behaviour). I highly recommend this read to better understand what your cat is trying to tell you! Why do cats meow?

Illness. Numerous diseases can cause a cat to feel hunger, thirst, or pain, all of which can lead to excessive meowing. Elderly cats also can develop an overactive thyroid or kidney disease, both of which can result in excessive vocalizations.

Attention seeking. Despite what some people think, cats don’t like being alone a lot. Cats often meow to initiate play, petting, or to get you to talk to them.

Wants food. Some cats meow every time someone walks in the kitchen, hoping to get a bite. And many cats become very vocal when it gets close to their feeding times.

Greeting you. Many cats meow when their people come home, or even when they just meet them in the house.

She’s lonely. If your pet spends too many hours a day alone, think about getting a pet sitter to drop in during the day, or find other ways to enrich your pet’s life.

A stressed cat. Cats that are experiencing stress often become more vocal. A new pet or baby, a move or changes to the home, an illness or the loss of a loved one can turn your cat into a talker.

Aging cats. Cats, just like people, can suffer from a form of mental confusion, or cognitive dysfunction, as they age.

Cats that want to breed. If your cat isn’t spayed or neutered, then you’re going to hear a lot more noise. Females yowl when in heat, and males yowl when they smell a female in season.

Make sure there’s no problem… Don’t punish a cat for meowing… Don’t give in.

Read the entire article here

Excessive meowing becomes incredibly irritating and frustrating, especially when the reason is unknown. I agree with this article 100%, which is basically saying ‘get to know your cat’. Cats have patterns of behavior, and when a pattern changes or evolves into something new, such as excessive meowing, an owner must question all of the above scenarios. When physical or environmental problems are ruled out, it is essential not to enable the meowing by validating it. Best to ignore your cat when he/she meows, and then pay attention or reward when he/she is quietly enjoying your company. Why do cats meow? The answer is simply that they are talking to you!

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