Do you love your cat? They’re so cute and always seem to know when you need a cuddle. But when your cat won’t stop meowing it’s incredible how quickly that love begins to fade. We know the feeling- what started as cute kitten meows has now become a constant source of annoyance. Whilst you are pleased that your cat has noticed you exist, you wish you could get more than a couple of hour’s sleep without disturbance. You can see your visitors getting irritated by the constant drone and to be honest, you don’t blame them. The meowing has got to stop.
Cats meow for a myriad of reasons, whether it’s to greet someone, ask for things, or tell us something is wrong. Kittens will meow to their mothers to let them know that they are hungry, although interestingly adult cats will not meow at one another, only at humans. This is probably because they have learned that meowing will get humans to do what they want. However, it can also be a sign that they are unwell or uncomfortable.
Many cats gear up the meowing at night which can be troublesome for humans who are trying to get a good night’s sleep. This calling can quickly become excessive and the temptation can be to give into your cat’s desires just to get some peace and quiet.
Let’s run through some reasons and try to get to the bottom of the issue:
There are a whole host of medical reasons why your cat might be meowing and it’s obviously important to eliminate any possibility that your cat is suffering. Thyroid disease, hypertension, urinary pain, kidney disease and cognitive dysfunction are all possible reasons why your cat could be vocalizing more than usual.
Take your cat to the vet and consult them about the meowing, especially if it has recently increased. They will be able to rule out any medical issues and help you understand why your cat might be meowing.
Your cat could be meowing at night because they are unhappy with where they are left to sleep, particularly if they tend to nap on your bed during the day. Cats like to be in warm, soft places which are raised off the ground. Perhaps your living room isn’t warm enough or they don’t feel safe.
Create a cozy space which fits their needs, fill up a water dish and leave some of their favourite toys in the area. Try putting a hot water bottle under a blanket wherever you want them to sleep, this should encourage them to snuggle up there and stop them meowing outside your bedroom door.
Despite the popular stereotype of hostile, uncaring cats, many pets need a lot of attention to feel reassured. Play with them before bedtime, especially focusing on running or jumping activities. This should tire them out and hopefully encourage them to rest whilst you do. Make sure to give them some cuddles and pet them as well so that they don’t feel so lonely when they’re on their own.