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8 Reasons Your Cat Won’t Stop Meowing


Meowing is one of the ways that cats use to communicate to you, their human mother. Cat owners experience frequent meowing from their feline members of the family, and they can often hear the subtle differences in the tone of the meow.

Interestingly, cats can make at least 30 different vocalizations and nearly 20 variations of a “meow.” They meow typically to people, not other cats.

Although meowing is their primary method of communicating, the reason for it, however, is not always clear. So here are some reasons a cat may meow excessively:

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1. Wants Attention

Your cat will want your attention when she wants to play with you, is just bored or doesn’t want to be left alone. Cats learn that meowing gets your attention, and probably wants to be petted, have you talk back to them or play.

2. Hungry

Just like we get “hangry,” your cat also gets hungry and angry, and is letting you know her stomach and food bowl are empty. Sometimes a cat’s hungry meow is how she tells you it’s dinnertime.

3. Just Saying Hello

When you arrive home, your cat may meow to you to greet you. Often, your cat waits by the front door and meows when she sees you. Plain and simple — your cat is saying hello.

4. In Heat

When female cats meow incessantly and become very vocal, this is a sound signaling that they are in heat. The meowing is used to attract male cats. A male cat, on the other hand, becomes noisy when he feels a female cat is nearby.

5. Old Age

Cats can become forgetful or can be confused during old age, similar to humans. It is common for a senior cat to get disoriented and may meow more because of frustration or confusion. It may be helpful to leave a light on inside the house for the cat to be able to see and not bang into things during the night.

6. Stress

Your cat may frequently meow during any new changes, such as changes in the home, new people or new animals in the family; this can cause stress. Your cat may not like the changes in her environment or is mad at you, and therefore continually meows. Cats become more vocal when they are stressed.

7. Sick

The excessive meowing may signal that your cat is trying to tell you she is sick. If your cat is not eating, constant meowing may indicate that she has an illness, such as thyroid, kidney disease or urinary problems which all can cause a cat to be in pain, thirsty or hungry.

8. Hurt

Your cat may be hurt if she suddenly starts to meow more than normal. A good idea would be to make a veterinarian appointment to check if there is a medical reason for this new behavior.


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