Help! My Cat Won’t Stop Meowing Or Yowling! Why, What To Do, And How To Get It To Stop

Some cats are more vocal than others.

The Oriental Shorthair, for example, is a notoriously vocal feline breed. But any feline furball out there can be extremely talkative regardless of its breed, gender, and age.

Cats may not speak our language, but they definitely communicate. Sounds like hisses, meows, chirps, yowls, grunts, and so forth are used whenever a kitty wishes to communicate with its owner, other animals, or even inanimate objects.

Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for felines to get overly vocal and become a pain in your neck with their constant meowing or excessive yowling.

The constant meows will drive you crazy at some point, but what’s even worse is the fact that your kitty may be acting this way for a serious reason.

Why Is My Cat Constantly Meowing?

There are many reasons why your cat won’t stop meowing or yowling. The constant vocalization could be triggered by an emotional or a physical issue. Here are the most common factors leading to excessive meowing.

Attention

Yes, that’s right – your cat may be demanding your attention. It’s perfectly understandable that you can’t spend 24/7 tending to its needs and whims. If you can’t engage in training and play sessions regularly, opt for interactive cat toys that will keep your pet occupied, entertained, and well-exercised.

Another idea is to get a cat tree with lots of activity options. But you should always keep in mind that no amount of toys will ever substitute for a cat’s social interaction and bonding time with its pet parent.

Hunger or Thirst

Cats need to eat on a daily basis. There’s a huge possibility that your fluffy pal is demanding food or treats. It could also be telling you that you need to clean its bowls or change them to shallower ones. Here’s a quick tip – cats don’t like getting their whiskers dirty and wet in deep food or water bowls.

Emotions

Feline creatures can experience a diverse set of emotions. Your kitty could be scared or stressed out. Dealing with separation, new furniture pieces, strange animals or people, noisy children, unfamiliar surroundings, and so forth can make any cat cry out.

Females are more prone to getting vocal when in heat, but male tomcats can also yowl, chirp, and meow.

Physical Health Issues

Undiagnosed illnesses could be the problem. Cats with hearing or with sight problems are prone to crying because of their disabilities. If there isn’t a logical explanation for the constant meowing, it could be triggered by physical pain.

What To Do When Your Cat Won’t Stop Meowing: How To Get Your Kitty To Stop

The noisiness can be a pain in your neck. However, if your cat won’t stop meowing, there’s a reason for it. It’s not doing it just for the kicks or because it likes hearing its own voice.

Locate The Problem And Calm The Cat

The first step is to discover the problem. There are various ways to calm down your cat in a stressful, anxious, or scary situation.

Don’t opt for pheromone sprays or relaxants and sedatives right away. Find the issue and approach the situation accordingly. Chances are, it could be something as simple as lack of water in the water bowl or a dirty litter box.

Don’t Encourage The Cat

If you cater to your fluffy pal’s every single whim, it will start manipulating you. Don’t encourage your pet’s problematic behavior. If you’re treating it with food, attention, and playtime, each time it meows, it will get the wrong idea that excessive meowing will be rewarded.

On the other hand, you shouldn’t disregard the problem. Make sure there’s a good reason for your kitty’s actions before ignoring its meowing.

Call Your Vet

If you can’t locate the problem, you should call your vet.

All cats are prone to developing various diseases and health conditions, even if the cat comes from an overall healthy breed. Don’t miss the annual check-ups and don’t ever skip scheduled appointments at the vet’s office.

There’s no need to panic without a reason, so don’t assume right ahead that the cat has an illness. This, however, doesn’t mean to neglect your pet’s health – it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

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Emily Parker is the Content Manager at Catological. She's passionate about helping cat parents love their cats better by providing the best information and recommendations about everything you'll need to know about your cat, from kitten to senior years. She believes natural, biologically-appropriate products are best...why wouldn't you provide the best for a member of your family?!

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Becky Reed - October 16, 2018

Is there a home remedy to give a kitten with upper respiratory infection? We can’t afford a vet and it’s a kitten we got off the side of the road

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