Has your feline friend been particularly vocal recently? When you’re trying to sleep? When you’re trying to read the paper? When you’re trying to binge watch Scandal on Netflix with a bowl of Popcorn and a bottle of wine?
Well, KXLY out of Spokane addressed the issue of “excess” meowing and how it could be a reflection of your cat’s health in an article on April 23, 2018. Apparently, a cat’s meow, like a person’s voice, can have many meanings, so if your cat won’t stop yapping, you might should take notice. Check out an abbreviated list of these issues your cat might be experiencing right here!
1. First of all, a cat’s meow could simply be a desperate cry for attention – especially if you have been particularly distracted by things like papers or Scandal and not giving your cat what it needs. Just like dogs and children for that matter, cats need your attention.
The article advises you wait until the cat has stopped meowing to shower it with affection, though, to “reward your cat when calm.”
2. A cat’s meow could be a sign of something a little more concerning, though. Since meowing is a cat’s main source of expression, it will release a cry if it is in discomfort, so excessive meowing can be a sign of sickness.
It can be hard to discern if your cat is simply craving attention or if your cat is simply needy or if it is ill if the only criteria you have is, well, a meow, but the article notes that if your cat’s meow increases and your cat isn’t eating, then it’s time to head to the vet to check on a host of possible feline ailments.
3. Animals are pretty intuitive. In fact, cats often use their meow as a way to imply hunger even if their bowl is simply not full. Essentially, this could be a gentle, “Hi, Mom, I ate a kibble. More please.”
4. Just like humans, cats can be stressed if there are extra changes in its life. Take note if there are new circumstances in your life that might be causing your cat discomfort.
5. If you have an older cat, it might be disoriented thanks to its age, causing it to meow even more than normal. Don’t be too concerned. Instead, try to make small changes to make your elderly cat a little more comfortable.
6. A younger cat might be in heat, causing it to meow more than normally, seeking out a partner. The only real solution for heat is to neuter and spade your animals.
7. More likely than that, your cat might just be attempting to communicate with you. You’re its person after all. Is it so weird that it might want to say hi?
Overall, a cat’s meow is a good thing, but it can also be a warning sign if it is not controlled. So, if your cat appears to be meowing more than normal, one of these factors might have been triggered, and you might want to check into your cat’s wellbeing. If not, enjoy your cat’s meow for what it is – a reminder that you aren’t alone… you always have a feline friend!