The cat mews to communicate, when he expresses a need. If a cat mews repeatedly and continuously, he can try to make you understand something. Indeed, it may be that some needs are not being met, that he has a bad habit before, that he is sick or injured, but it may simply be a rather talkative cat. Why is your cat meowing all the time? How to solve the problem? Discover our advice in this complete dossier.
Why is my cat meowing all the time?
All cats meow, some discreetly, others more strongly. The famous “miaou” is a way for the animal to express itself or to attract your attention. But when this happens repeatedly, a particular reason may be involved. Which one?
The chatty cat
Some cats are very talkative, that’s a fact! Indeed, each cat has its own little character and personality, just like a man. Some are therefore more talkative than others and need to express themselves throughout the day. Some cat breeds are also known to be much more chatty, such as Cornish Rex, Balinese, Burmese or Siamese. Don’t worry, so it’s perfectly normal!
The unaccustomed cat
Cats are very smart and intelligent. They know how to get what they want. So, if your pet has gotten into the habit of meowing in front of your room door to be able to join you at night and you gave in by opening it once and finally sleeping in peace, he hasn’t forgotten it! Your little feline has indeed understood very well that if he wants to get what he wants, meowing is a good trick!
The dissatisfied cat
Your cat may meow to ask you something, that is, to express a need that is not being met. It is indeed a way he has to address you. Meowing can mean he is thirsty, hungry, his litter box is inaccessible or dirty, he wants to go outside, he wants to play with you or he wants to be caressed. It is his way of telling you what he needs, of getting your attention, or even of asking for your help. Pay attention!
The sick cat
A sick cat can meow to express its pain or discomfort. He or she may be trying to get your attention or to find help and support. If he is prostrate and does not let himself get too close, worry and consult your veterinarian. Your pet may be injured or sick, anxious, stressed or frightened. Be vigilant.
How to solve the problem?
If your cat mews all the time, it is advisable to consult your veterinarian. He will carry out a health check-up to verify that there is no discomfort, disease or depression underneath. If all goes well, here are our tips on how to fix the problem, as long as the meowing bothers you.
Make sure you meet all his needs
When he starts meowing repeatedly, go around his needs and make sure everything is met. Water bowl, food, clean litter, toys, scratching post, perch… meet their basic needs. Devote time to him, play with him and caress him, he will be even happier!
However, your pet should not be accustomed to bad behaviour. Indeed, your cat can play you and start meowing as soon as he makes a whim to get something. So just make sure that his basic needs are covered and don’t give in to anything, or he’ll get into the habit of starting over every time he wants something from you!
Think of the simple tricks!
Your cat can continue to meow even if you try to meet her needs. He may be attached to certain rituals or habits and express his request by meowing. If he meows by hunger when you sleep, invest in a kibble dispenser so that it can be served at regular hours. If he wants to play, spend a few minutes on his way home to allow him to exercise with you and sleep better afterwards! If he seems frightened or worried, do not hesitate to release synthetic hormones to soothe him.
Re-educate your pet
If your cat starts meowing to force you to give in to his whims, hang on! This is the only way to get him used to following new instructions. For example, if he comes to your room door at night to sleep with you, ignore him for a few nights until he gets tired. And if it persists, sprinkle it with a little water with a mist. He will associate the closed door with this unpleasant feeling and will not repeat it. Do the same for every whim, without violence and gently!
As we said, consulting a veterinarian should be your first reflex. Go there as soon as the meowing becomes insistent and repeated. Indeed, your pet may suffer from an injury or disease, he may be anxious about a trauma you don’t see or a sensory loss. Don’t wait to consult, it’s about her health and well-being.