If your cat suddenly gets very vocal, the first thing you need to check out is, if they are okay and not suffering any health issues or got themselves into some sort of problem. It can be something as small as a grass seed lodged between toes that's the cause of the problem and which you may not pick up. A trip to the vet will soon get it resolved, quickly and effectively. So, if your cat starts meowing incessantly, there may be a problem that needs sorting out or it could be due to something else like a chance of environment.
When you move home, you might find your cat suddenly starts meowing more than they normally do simply because you have changed your four legged friend's environment. Cats are never that fond of having their routines changed and can make the fact known by meowing incessantly. Sometimes just by moving a few pieces of furniture around in your house will upset your cat, and their way of showing their objection is to become more vocal. It's their way of complaining about the situation. See our full article on moving house with your cat.
If a new cat moves into your neighbourhood, this can really upset your territorial cat. Again the way they show their unhappiness at the situation is to meow a lot more than usual. They might look to you for more reassurance comfort and they will get vocal to warn off the new cat on the block. This behaviour usually does ware off – sometimes after a serious sounding 'set to' between the two cats which always sounds much worse than it usually is.
Some owners teach and encourage their cats to meow without realising they are doing so. The training starts off innocently enough, your cat wants something to eat, to go out or a cuddle from their owners who respond to their noisy requests on demand.
You are in fact reinforcing a habit which can become a little bit of a problem. Your lovely cat might just start meowing for the sake of it because they find it fun to do and when they do get vocal they get the all the attention from you which is always well received. The usual result is whenever your cat gets bored they will meow and it could be at any time of the day or night – early mornings can be very annoying especially if you've planned a well earned lie in.
Some owners like the fact their cats are talkative but there are times when the constant meowing can be very annoying. This is especially true when your furry friend cries themselves hoarse and you don't know what they want. You try everything and yet your cat just won't stop meowing. Most animal behaviourists believe that domesticated cats meow at their owners because they are asking for something. When they meow they get the results they are looking for. Most cats have a different meow for different times of the day and no two cats make exactly the same sound. Owners get to know each meow and what it means, but there are times when they do not – and it can be worrying.
A cat's personality plays a huge role in how they voice their opinions. A few animal behaviourists think that interacting with their owners forms their cat personalities and this in turn affects how a cat meows, which as any cat owner knows can be very true.
Cats like to be entertained and they love to play with you whenever they get the chance. More often than not owners who lead very busy lives, forget to play with their cats simply because they are too tired when they get home. Your cat may complain about the situation by getting very vocal because they're unhappy at the lack of attention. You might find your cat will even bring you a toy and swat it around the room a couple of times. Then they lose interest and start meowing again. If you get involved with their game, you furry friend will play and forget about all the meowing – it's great exercise for them both physically and mentally when they play with their owners.
Whenever your cat gets demanding, try not to jump up and pander to their every need. Instead, only respond to them when they are being nice and quiet. You have to be strong and not give in to your demanding pussy cat which can be hard at times – but you have to be strong and persevere if you want to succeed.
The trick is to wait until your cat goes quiet and then respond by letting them out or giving their food. Cats are very intelligent and they will soon pick up on a new routine you set for them, but it will not happen overnight. Some cat owners even teach their cats to be quiet on request by first saying the word 'quiet' gently to their cats. If their furry friend takes not notice, they shout the words 'Be Quiet!' and then clap their hands once loudly. Cats usually pick up on the command pretty quickly and as all cat owners know, most cats hate being shouted at because it startles them.
A happy and content cat who gets lots of attention and have owners who take time out to play with them, don't usually get too vocal unless there is something wrong and they need to tell you about it. Cats will usually just ask for their breakfast or dinner but the rest of the time are happily snoozing away in their favourite warm spot indoors or they are in the garden checking out the neighbourhood.
Cats have a great life really and if they are given the chance, they like to the bosses around the house when their owners let them – and remember some breeds more than others tend to be very bossy. Getting to know your cat and all their little quirks is really very important because you get to instantly know when things are not quite right. This means you get to nip things in the bud which is important especially if it's a health issue that's making your cat so vocal.
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