Why does my cat meow so much?

It is, of course, natural for your cat to meow – it’s how they communicate with each other and their humans.

Some breeds of cat are clearly more vocal than others but there may be reasons behind it. Understanding these is important if you want to address excessive noise but as always, contact your vet if you are concerned.

Attention seeking
Your cat could simply be crying out for attention, particularly if they are bored or want to play. The key is not to respond why they are meowing but wait until they have calmed down. Reward them for calmness and find different ways to engage with them, such as introducing new games. If you lead a busy life and work during the day, you could always ask a friend or neighbour to pop in and keep them company.

Feeling poorly
If your cat is meowing excessively, they could be trying to tell you that they are feeling under the weather, especially if they show no interest in their food. If this behaviour is out of character for your cat, you should speak to your vet.

Hunger
Most of the time, cats will meow to let us know when they are hungry. Make sure your cat is getting the right amount of food for her breed and lifestyle and that their water bowl is always full.

Changes
Cats are creatures of habit and if they have experienced a sudden change to their environment or daily routine, for example a house move, this can cause excessive noise. If this happens, comfort your cat as much as you can with plenty of love. Familiar objects such as cushions, toys and feeding bowls can also help.

Mating season
Female cats tend to become very vocal when they are on heat, as a means of attracting a mating partner. Males can also be noisy when they detect a cat in heat nearby. It might be worth considering spaying or neutering your pet to eliminate these issues.

Old age
Like humans, cats can become confused when they enter old age, and may suffer from cognitive function imbalances, making them meow more frequently. If this happens, contact your vet to discuss the condition. 

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