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How To Stop a Cat From Meowing

July 30, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Cat Care Tips | 5 comments

Cat meowing

Does your cat drive you crazy with excessive meowing?

And has this mad you wonder how to stop a cat from meowing?

Read this article for help with meowing

Why Does A Cat Meow?

As mentioned before on our cats meow page, cats mainly meow for attention.

Cats have more than 100 vocal cords and use their meows as a way to communicate with their owners.

Cats meow for different reasons, some more than others, but the main reason is to communicate with its owner.

Cats Behavior

For the most part cat behaviors can be hard to detect, but often meowing is to get what the cat want.

Cats do not use their meows to communicate with other cats, but they use their meows to train the owner.

Owners often confuse the meows for the cat is hungry or trying to tell me something and often it is —

But the main goal is to train the owner so the cat knows what buttons to push or sounds to make to get its owner moving

Cat’s Health

The cat’s health should be taken into consideration first; extreme meowing form a cat who is normally quiet, especially during times of grooming or using the litter box, could be a sign your cat has some health problems–

If your cat is having these issues, consult your veterinarian immediately.

Tips On How To Stop a Cat From Meowing

If your cat appears healthy and you’ve concluded the cat is meowing for attention then try the following tips.

  • Cat Toys

Cat toys can occupy your cat, often a cat meows because it’s bored.

Toys are good distracters, cats love to be occupied and toys don’t have to be expensive, it can be as simple as a string on the door.

For more ideas and a list of great toys visit Cat Toys For Less.

  • Ignore The Cat

Sounds mean, but remember cats meow is often to train the owner, so if your cat is meowing everyday at certain time, and all his needs have been met, ignore it and teach other family members to do the same.

  • Schedule Activities

Cats learn quickly what to expect from their owners, they are creatures of habit, so if he is fed everyday at 9am, then he expects to be fed everyday at 9am, if the schedule is broken it can cause the cat to begin to meow.

For more tips on how to stop your cat from meowing visit Iam’s Cat Advice.

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5 responses to “How To Stop a Cat From Meowing”

  1. Charlie's Mum says:

    Hi, our cat, Charlie, returned 3 days ago from a 25 day spell away (we don’t think he intentially went away but do not know what happened to him) and has changed considerably in that he seems distressed (he has calmed down a little) but is meowing incessantly. He is well fed (we have given him a little more than he used to have as he has lost a lot of weight) and seems well but the only time he will settle is when we are seated with him -he is so much more affectionate that he was before he went -but if we move he meows constantly. In this instance, should we ignore him as you suggest as we are finding it very difficult to know what the best thing to do is, ie, give him lots of love and attention as he has obviously been very distressed or ignore him so we don’t make things worse in the long run – any advice would be gratefully appreciated…. Karen

  2. Cat Lova says:

    Hi Karen,

    Very interesting situation you’re facing! It’s very rare that a cat would come back to a home after that long of a time away.. you must be very lucky 🙂

    I can understand your desire to give Charlie love and affection when he is meowing, but I stand firm with my suggestion of limited attention.

    His being more affectionate could mean many things — maybe he realized how good he had it before he “tried to make it on his own” – or maybe he is lonely and desires more attention.

    In either case, allow me to suggest getting him a new toy, maybe a stuffed cat or mouse. A friend of mine had a cat that meowed a lot – he bought the cat a piece of furniture that the cat can both sleep and play on.. this definitely kept the cat occupied and quited him down.. simply because it gave him something to do other than bother my friend.

    I only suggest this because I assume you don’t want Charlie to meow excessively, especially when you’re trying to sleep or relax. But, if you don’t mind or even enjoy his meowing, then maybe you don’t want to change a thing.. or possibly give him more attention? 🙂

    One more thought that comes to mind Karen — you might want to take him to the vet for a quick check up. I’m afraid of some “under the fur” damage or possibly even internal damage.

    Couple questions for you:

    – You say he Charlie meows when you move, does he also follow you around?
    – Does he seem more or less scared/worried than before he left?

    I wish you and Charlie the best and look forward to your reply 🙂

  3. Charlie's Mum says:

    Hi, Thank you for your advice and we will certainly get him a toy to see that helps. He seemed very frightened when he arrived back (and now doesn’t want to go outside) but this has now changed and he seems content apart form the meowing – and no we don’t enjoy it!;-)

    Yes, when we move the constant meowing is accompanied by him following us around (again something he didn’t do before) so we feel as if he is craving attention from us at all times.

    We will also get him checked out at the vet just to make sure he is as well as he seems. Thanks again for your advice and I’ll let you know how we get on.

  4. Cat Lova says:

    Charlie sounds delightful – I look forward to hearing how he’s doing in a month or so!

    He is definitely asking for something by meowing and following you around – the question is “what is he asking for?” 🙂

  5. Lady "C" says:

    I am amazed at Mystix my cat. My cat no longer meows at night when the family is sleeping. Mystix calls out to me threw my closed bedroom door. He says “Mommy”,”Mommy”, no mistake, it is very clear. When my son is sleeping, Mystix calls out “Charlie, “Charlie. He calls out all night until he gets no response and then he goes to sleep. It was cute in the beginning, but now it’s annoying. He sleeps all day while I am at work and wants to play and be up all night.

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