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Why Does My Cat Meow All Night Or When I Go To Sleep

October 17, 2009 at 5:33 pm | Cat Care Tips | 2 comments

Why Does My Cat Meow?

Question:  Why does my cat meow all night or when I go to sleep?

Theory:  Cat’s love attention – and meowing is their best way of vocalizing that fact.  When a cat is meowing, it is often because they want something from their owner… it could be anything:

  • Delicious wet food
  • A belly or head rub
  • Their litter to be changed
  • To play hide and go seek, etc.


Your cat is smart and takes advantage of the quiet house by meowing.  This can be annoying, but if you respond by giving your cat food or petting it – it could get worse.

Solution: If you want to stop your cat from meowing at night, try these methods:

1)  Ignore it.  The bad news is that often times, the problem could get worse before it gets better.  Your cat might try harder, but meowing longer, louder, and more often.

The good news is that thousands of cat owners have solved their nightly cat meowing by simply ignoring it for long periods of time (3-12 months).

*The important thing here is that you make sure no one in your household is responding to the cat, otherwise it won’t work!*

2) Play with your cat – It takes energy to meow, so obviously your cat isn’t on the same sleep schedule.  To get it there, you want to make sure you’re playing with your cat often, during the day and at night.

One of my close friends (a fellow cat lover) was once asking himself why does my cat meow all night – but he was able to switch his cats sleeping schedule by playing with the cat enough to make him tired enough to quit his begging and fall asleep at night.

He also reported that when his cat would meow at night, he would respond to the meowing by going and playing with the cat for 10 minutes until it was tired and went to bed.

I hope this helps you :)

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  2. Jobe1197 says:

    My cat is old and doesn’t like to play and when I give her attention she just goes back outside and meows. Her litter is always clean and she always has food. The meow sounds very different from your typical meow; It sounds like a noise tube. http://www.doyouremember.co.uk/memory.php?memID=9098
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