why do some cats meow a lot
My 5 year old cat, Bear, has been doing the constant meowing thing about 5 or 6 months now. He has been to the vet twice now. Nothing is physically wrong with him. He also is a bit more aggressive. By that I mean that if he is frightened or threatened even slightly, he is likely to bite or scratch or at least growl and lunge. Essentially, he has become high strung and jumpy. I take it as a good sign that he never does a whole lot of damage, so he must be trying to warn me without hurting me. He always was a bit more aggressive/feisty than any other cat I ve had, but it is worse now. I enjoyed his cattitude before but it s out of hand now. I got him at 16 weeks and he was initially an only cat. I doubt if it s any trauma from prior to me having him. Maybe he was a semi-feral kitten? I got him in the shelter with no history given to me except he came to the shelter alone no siblings, no Mama. He was about 1 1/2 yrs old when I introduced 2 year old Bella to the house. She s much more mellow. I bought a house and we moved in 11 months ago. Maybe it s that change but the crying and nervousness didn t start right away. Maybe it s the giant owl statue the neighbor has on the fence that I know Bear doesn t like that keeps him so worked up. He hisses at it when he sees it. Possibly, it s another predator outside. I haven t seen a stray cat in my yard, since we first moved in, but there is something burying poop in my yard, could be a stray cat or a bobcat since only cats bury poop with cover up marks around it, not that I can do anything about that except maybe close the blinds at night so they can t see it. Maybe Bear s just bored and restless and I need to play with him more. Yesterday, at the vet, he was so freaked out he attacked me twice and also my other cat. The vet had to wrap him in a towel just to get him into the carrier. This is not a new vet but Bear was never like this at the vet before. He has been going there since he was a kitten. He s usually curious and explores the room. The vet prescribed kitty prozac for him. I don t think I m going to get that filled, now that I think about it.
He isn t that unmanageable at home, if I stay away when he s in a mood. The biting doesn t happen that often and it doesn t upset me too much. If you have cats, you get used to the occasional scratch or bite. They get their tails stepped and even the calmest cat will get ya. My house is generally calm with only me and my adult son ( who Bear thinks he belongs to). Bear usually gets along with my other cat just fine. They play together and lay and stand close to each other, so I know they are comfortable together. They have three or four litter pans for two cats and yet they use them all interchangeably, another sign they are ok with each other. My cats have a lot more space in the new house. They have 2 new cat trees in addition to the old one. I got those to give them some vertical space as Jackson Galaxy would suggest. They have two cat fountains, lots and lots of toys and are generally spoiled. They don t go outside,except a roll on the patio once or twice a year. They do get to go in the garage, which they seem to think is outside to them. They have lots of interesting wildlife to watch in the windows like quail and lizards. I just can t figure out why he is so much more crazy now. I m out of ideas and ok the crying is the part that gets old after a while. I imagine he feels my tension when the crying starts to get old. Plus, I just want him to be happy and content. and like me. :)
Reply It's normal for cats to vocalize, and some do it much more than others. If you share your home with a Chatty Cathy of the cat world, you may be wondering: why does my cat meow so much? Cats belonging to particular breeds, such as Siamese and other Orientals, tend to be particularly talkative. Cats relate to us as their surrogate mothers (whether we're male or female) and learn to communicate with us to get their needs met. If a particular meow, chirp, or chortle elicits a desired response, they will learn to do it more. Some cats are genuinely social and probably enjoy "talking" with us for companionship. They may even develop a special language that they use just for us.
Of course, there are times that a feline monologue is just not the cat's meow. What's charming in the middle of the day can be infuriating at 3 a. m. Is your cat just lonely and bored? Or is something wrong? Some of the common causes of extra vocalization in cats are discussed below. Most chatty cats just want your attention. A cat will learn that if she meows long enough, you will feed her, play with her, or wake up and let her into your bedroom. What begins as a simple request can easily become a self-perpetuating demand. Here are some ways to discourage this type of behavior: Stop reinforcing it. Hard as it may be, refuse to respond when your cat meows relentlessly at your door. At night, consider closing your cat, along with her food, water, litter, and toys, in a separate room where she's less likely to disturb you. If you consistently ignore her unreasonable demands, they will eventually stop. Environmental enrichment. Consider that your cat may be lonely or bored. Many cats spend long hours alone at home with little to do. Introduce daily play sessions with your cat. The games must be interactive and should last for 15-20 minutes. Use a laser pointer, a feather toy, or a similar interactive game that gets your cat moving. Later, she'll be too happy and tired to yowl at your door. Reward good behavior. ONLY give your kitty the attention she craves when she is acting calm and quiet. Get another cat. In some cases, an age-appropriate feline playmate may be the answer to this type of talkativeness. Younger, more playful cats will often welcome a new companion. It may not be the right choice if your cat is older, fussier, or more set in her ways. Consult your veterinarian. Excessive meowing may be a sign of separation anxiety or even a medical problem. If simple solutions fail to help, it's time to consult your veterinarian. You can find more tips for dealing with cats that cry incessantly at night in this article: ". " Most cases of excessive meowing are habitual and benign. But when this behavior develops out of the blue, it may be a sign that something is wrong.
A young female that yowls, purrs, rolls, and rubs on you or household objects incessantly may be in heat. A male cat that cries, howls, and strains to urinate may have a urinary blockage, and this is a medical emergency. Hyperthyroidism: An overactive thyroid gland, common in older cats, may cause increased hunger, wakefulness, and excitability, making your cat meow more. Other signs include vomiting, diarrhea, increased thirst, and weight loss. Learn more about this illness in our informative article, ". " High blood pressure: Cats, like humans, can develop high blood pressure as they age. Felines with this problem often have kidney disease or hyperthyroidism as well. Humans with high blood pressure sometimes have headaches or ringing in the ears. It's thought that kitties may also experience these uncomfortable sensations, resulting in midnight yowling. More information about high blood pressure can be found in ". " Dental disease: Painful, infected teeth may make it hard for your cat to eat. Mouth pain and hunger may make her clingy and vocal. Signs of dental disease in cats also include difficulty chewing, dropping food, drooling, and bad breath. Arthritis: Older cats can develop arthritis just like dogs and people do, and they may not seem to complain. Arthritic cats usually just move around less and do so gingerly. However, midnight yowling in older kitties is sometimes attributed to achy joints. You can learn more about this condition in this article: ". " Deafness: Elderly cats that are hard of hearing may become louder and more vocal if they simply can't hear themselves talk! Feline Dementia: Also known as cognitive dysfunction syndrome, this is a gradual decline in mental ability that affects some feline elders. Signs can include disorientation, altered sleep cycles, house soiling, and bizarre, loud vocalizations. If you notice these signs in your older cat, consult your veterinarian right away. There is no cure for feline dementia. However, there may be treatments that can help dramatically. You May Also Like These Articles:
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