Meowing is a cat’s way of communicating. However, if your cat vocalizes excessively, it can quickly become a nuisance. Understanding what can trigger your cat’s consistent meowing might make it easier to combat the problem and reduce his noise making.
1. If your cat craves your attention, he won’t be shy to ask for it by meowing at you. Even when you tell him to be quiet, you’re reinforcing his vocalization, because he managed to get your attention. Instead, ignore him when he’s meowing, and only pay attention to him when he’s quiet. Eventually, he’ll realize that being quiet get him what he wants.
2. Your cat might be excessively vocal, because he’s trying to tell you that something is wrong. Maybe he can’t get to his food or water, maybe you forgot to feed him, or maybe he can’t access his litter box. Always make sure you meet all his needs, to avoid the constant meowing.
3. Cats that haven’t been fixed might resort to constant meowing to attract a partner. Often this behavior goes paired with spraying. To avoid both, get your cat spayed or neutered.
4. Consistently leaving your cat home alone for long periods can trigger his meowing. He might be bored or lonely. Providing plenty of toys and maybe having a family member or friend stop by the house for a while might stop the crying. Hanging a bird feeder outside might also keep him entertained for a while.
5. A vet visit might be in order if you can’t put your finger on what’s triggering your cat to meow consistently. A veterinarian can examine your furry pal and exclude any medical conditions and pain that might cause your cat to meow. If it’s determined that your cat meows due to stress or anxiety, your vet might prescribe medication.
6. If your cat meows each time you walk in the door or appear in the room, he’s just saying “hi,” because he’s most likely happy to see you.
7. Constant meowing can occur after separating a cat or kitten from its litter mates or mother. The feline is most likely going through a grieving period, and as time progresses, the meowing will reduce.
8. Never physically punish your cat to get him to be quite, because your cat might start fearing you. Instead, emphasize rewarding desired behaviors over undesired behaviors.