Why Does My Cat Meow So Much?

Bridget is a long-time cat owner, cat sitter, and cat lover with years of feline research and hands-on experience.

Reasons Your Cat Might Be Meowing All the Time

Cats can be vocal for any number of reasons. The main reasons for cat vocalizations include:

  • Illness/Pain: Hyperthyroidism is an example of an illness that leads to excessive vocalization in cats. Cats also tend to keep their pain to themselves, but if severely injured or sick, they will meow loudly and often. Keep an eye on your cat's physical condition if they suddenly begin meowing much more frequently or loudly than usual.
  • Attention-Seeking or Loneliness: Cats who are attached to their owners will often meow when the owners leave, or even when they go to sleep! Ensure that you spend enough time engaging your cat in play to satisfy their need for interaction. Another option is to get an additional cat to keep the cat company!
  • Hunger or Thirst: Cats tend to meow when hungry, when they are ready for feeding time, and some will even meow at the food that their owners enjoy! Ensure that your cat's water supply is fresh and replenished regularly and that he or she is eating at regular times to reduce meowing induced by hunger or thirst.
  • The Cat Is Greeting You: Many cats meow to greet their owners and to encourage the human to pet them! This should not last long beyond the initial few minutes after the owner returns home; it's a sign of love!
  • The Cat Is in Heat: A cat in heat will vocalize excessively. The best way to prevent this is to spay or neuter your feline!
  • Anxiety: Anxious cats tend to go one of two ways: either the cat will silently hide, or they will meow and cry constantly. This is especially common after the introduction of a new cat to the household, a visit to the vet, and/or a move to a new home.
  • Breed: Siamese cats are known to do the most meowing of all cat breeds.

Can I Reduce Meowing?

After determining that the cat is not meowing due to illness, injury, or any other physical or medical condition, it is possible to address the problem of meowing constantly in a few ways.

Look for Signs

First, ensure that the cat isn't trying to signal any kind of problem to you. For instance, a cat who has run out of water or who cannot access the litter box may meow in order to indicate that they have a need that is not being met.

Similarly, a cat may cry in order to get you to open a door. If you open the door (even just some of the time), the cat will learn to associate meowing with getting the door opened. Instead, try to provide the rewards that the cat is looking for (petting, open doors, or treats) when they are not meowing! It can take some time, but this type of behavior modification does work well.

Don't Reinforce Bad Behavior

If the behavior is more constant, check to see if it is reinforced in any way. For instance, many kittens and cats will meow until their owner gives them attention or pets them. However, if they do receive that attention after meowing, they learn that meowing constantly will get them what they want. In this case, it is best to reward the cat for being quiet by petting them and giving them attention after a period of silence.

Try Using a Calming Diffuser

Another tool for reducing meowing is the Feliway Diffuser. This is a product that has been shown to work well for calming cats by using pheromones that mimic their own. This works especially well for cats who are meowing due to anxiety. Indeed, Feliway has worked well as a calming tool for my own cats. It has reduced their anxiety and aggression, assisted during cat introductions, and helped calm my very vocal (and always meowing) kitten.

Share Your Experience

azjah gamble on November 08, 2017:

my cat named tiger will meow all day but recently i got a new cat but she still meows what to do

Bridget F (author) from USA on October 31, 2017:

Thank you and thanks for stopping by! on October 30, 2017:

Thanks for the article on why cats "meow" so much. I can use this information to help my cat "Midnight," who meows regularly. Now I can try to better understand why she does this. Thanks for the information and the photos are beautiful. Keep up the good work.

Bridget F (author) from USA on October 29, 2017:

Hi FlourishAnyway! I have almost the same experience- one cat who just likes to talk and another who is anxious and benefits from the Feliway. They definitely have their own personalities! Thank you for stopping over :)

FlourishAnyway from USA on October 28, 2017:

One of my cats is a constant talker. He vocalizes a lot, sometimes to get attention such as while rolling but other times while chatting back and forth with my husband or me. He’s simply got a lot to say, similar to Siamese cats, and we don’t fault him for that. It’s endearing. We do use Feliway for another cat who sometimes vocalizes too much from anxiety. She’s a nervous Nelly and we find the wall units of Feliway in addition to room sprays as needed help her.

When to Worry About the Meowing

Most of the time your Bengal is just meowing to communicate their feelings, needs, and wants. This is typically behavior and shouldn’t really be of any concern.

However, should your Bengal be less active, doesn’t want to eat or drink water and is also accompanied with meows, this could be signs of something serious going on. Whenever a Bengal slows down and especially doesn’t want to eat, it’s definitely time to take your Bengal to a vet.

Health issues for a Bengal can vary, as with any other cat, but if they seem “off” and are meowing frequently it’s because they are telling you something isn’t right.

Did this post help you understand why your Bengal cat meows so much? Please let us know what you think by leaving a comment below.

Why Does My Cat Meow When I Cough? Here Are 7 Possible Reasons

Does your cat meow when you cough, sneeze, or make a loud noise? Cat owners often find it puzzling when the feline friend is weird when someone sneezes.

In this article, we are going to cover one of the popular queries we often get & that is – ” Why Does My Cat Meow When I Cough

Whenever one goes ‘achoo’ near a cat, it can either meow, run away, or even make a sweet chirping sound. One cannot predict how a cat will react to sneezing, and it is funny how cats and sneezing don’t mix.

When we are talking about cat behavior, no one can be sure of the reason for it. But we have provided a few reasons for this weird behavior in this article.

Cat Talk: 10 Reasons Cats Meow

According to Arden Moore, author of The Cat Behavior Answer Book, “cats are capable of making at least 30 sounds, including at least 19 variations on the simple meow.”

So why do cats meow? Check out ten possible translations for cat talk:

10) I’m hurt – If your cat suddenly begins to meow excessively, take him to be evaluated by a veterinarian immediately. Your cat’s meows may indicate that there is something medically wrong, especially if the behavior isn’t typical. “Numerous diseases can cause a cat to feel hunger, thirst, or pain, all of which can lead to excessive meowing,” advises Web MD.

9) I’m just saying hi – Often a cat meows to his human when you come home, says the ASPCA website, or even to greet you when you see each other in the house.

8) I want food – The “I’m hungry” meow is likely one all cat parents know well. “Lots of cats know just how to tell their families that it’s time for dinner,” says pet blogger, Jane Harrell. “My cat Mojo would run around after me, meowing the whole time if she thought dinner was going to be late.”

7) Pay attention to me – Sometimes cats talk simply because they want your attention – and they learn that meowing gets them just that. “Cats often meow to initiate play, petting or to get you to talk to them,” explains Web MD.

6) Let me in – “If a door is closed, cats might meow to get you to open it for them,” says Harrell. “I have a foster cat who meows every time I close the bedroom door. She doesn’t want to come in – she just doesn’t like having it closed.”

5) I’m in heat
– A female cat in heat might yowl incessantly, says Moore. “Another good reason for spaying!” she adds.

4) I’m stressed – According to WebMD, cats who are stressed may become more vocal than normal. You may have experienced this first hand with a cat meowing loudly in the car on the way to the vet, for example.

3) I’m ticked off – “Angry, agitated cats will often erupt into a screaming match if they feel threatened enough to attack,” says Moore. She describes this mad meow sound as more of a yowl.

2) I don’t want to be alone
– According to The Ohio State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine’s Indoor Pet Initiative, when some cats are left alone for lengthy periods of time, they may become anxious and, among other things, meow excessively.

1) I’m getting older
– “Increased vocalization is fairly common in senior cats,” says Dr. Arnold Plotnick of Manhattan Cats and veterinary expert to As cats age, Dr. Plotnick explains, they may display a decrease in cognitive function, demonstrated in a variety of ways, including loud meowing.

Of course, as any cat parent knows, sometimes cats meow for some unknown reason. Perhaps because the sky is blue or he wants you to change the channel on the television. Since cats can make a variety of vocalizations, your cat will likely use distinctive sounds in different occasions with different meanings. Paying attention to the circumstances in which your cat meows or vocalizes, and the sounds he makes can be fun and help you understand your resident feline a little better.

Why Does My Cat Talk So Much?

By Dr. Matheys, a veterinarian and blogger for cat insurance provider Pets Best Insurance

Hello. I’m Dr. Jane Matheys from The Cat Doctor Veterinary Hospital and Hotel in Boise, Idaho. Today I’ll be answering some questions about cat health from questions posted on the Pets Best Insurance Facebook page.

Today, Barb asks us: “My cat meows all the time like he’s talking to me. I pretend to ask him a question, and he meows back as if to answer. It’s adorable, but I’ve never heard a cat meow this much. Is there a reason some cats meow more than others?”

That does sound really adorable, Barb. Now, you don’t mention what breed your cat is, but definitely some of the Oriental breeds, like the Siamese, are known to be quite the talkers. Otherwise, it’s just kind of a little characteristic that is something that your kitty has. It’s just like with people. Some people are kind of reserved and quiet, and other people, well, you just can’t seem to get them to shut up. Continue to enjoy the companionship that your talkative cat gives you.

If you have any other questions, please post them down below in the comments section, or visit the Pets Best Insurance Facebook page. See you next time.

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