Cats meow for lots of reasons. This we know. But did you know that cats use their mighty meows as a way to communicate with us humans, not to each other? From the time that they are precious little kittens, felines use their meows as a way to communicate with their mothers. They do so as a mean to alert them of their wants and needs. But as they mature, meows are then used to communicate only with humans. They save the growling, hissing and yowling for each other.
For us keepers of cats, we distinctively know our cat’s meows like the back of our hand. There’s the “feed me now” meow…the “where are you right meow” kitty call, and a handful of others that we’ve come to decipher and decode over the years as we care for our felines in our homes.
But aside from the obvious meows we’ve come to easily recognize, there are a number of reasons why your cat keeps meowing at you–and some of them could be a sign of something much more serious.
We all know that there are some breeds of cats, like the Siamese and Oriental Shorthair, that are naturally chatty cats. But if your cat is suddenly meowing more than usual, this may be a sign that they are ill. Regardless of a cat’s age, a cat is susceptible to developing an overactive thyroid or kidney disease, and both of these medical conditions can lead to excessive vocalizations. Be a proactive pet parent and take your feline friend to your local veterinarian to have them examined. You can never be too careful when it comes to your precious kitty.
Cats are the masters of hiding their pain, and sadly, this is why painful illnesses/ailments go undetected in many cats until their routine vet visits. If your cat keeps meowing at you, especially when you go to pick them up or when you pet them, this could be a telltale sign that your cat is experiencing pain somewhere in their body. Definitely take them in to be examined so they aren’t forced to suffer in silence.
3. They Want Attention, And They Want it Right Meow!
Despite the common misconception to non-feline enthusiasts that cats are aloof and anti-social creatures, cats prefer to be social with those they trust and love. A cat may sleep an average of 15 hours per day, but when they aren’t sleeping, they prefer to spend time playing and being surrounded by their chosen humans. Remember, a tired cat is a quiet cat. If you engage in play with your kitty throughout the daytime than you’re a lot less likely to hear them meowing at you–especially at night when you’re trying to catch some sleep.
4. Hello, it’s me, Your Kitty!
We say “hello” when we see each other, right? So why should your cat be any different? Cats will often meow as a means to greet you–even if you’ve only been away for a short period of time. Take their meowy greetings as them wanting you to know just how much they missed you while you were gone. If you’re feeling silly, meow right back at them!
5. You Might Have a Stressed Kitty on Your Hands…
Sometimes when we are stressed, we have a desire to vent to make our points heard. Your cat is the same in this sense. Has anything occurred recently that would have upset your cat? Perhaps a move or a new addition to the family? Be sure to spend some extra time with your kitty to help alleviate their stress, and it will serve as a great way to bond in the process!
6. Kitty Wants to Get Frisky
Hopefully we are all following good ol’ Bob Barker’s sound advice and having our cats spayed or neutered, because if you have an unaltered male or non-spayed cat in your home and they are meowing their little lungs out, chances are they are looking to get frisky with another kitty. Please do your best to keep them indoors to prevent unwanted litters. Female cats can breed 3x a year, with an average of 4 kittens per litter.
In just seven years, one unspayed female cat and her offspring can produce 420,000 kittens. That’s a whole lot of cats, let’s do our best to keep those numbers nowhere close to that and keep frisky kitties indoors, or better yet, spayed or neutered.
7. An Aging Cat May Lead to a More Vocal Cat
As a cat gets older, they’re declining health may lead to mental confusion and/or cognitive dysfunction which can result in a suddenly vocal cat. A cat’s vision can also become affected as they age, which could could also be another reason for their sudden onset of meows as one of their strongest senses declines. Your aging cat may call to you and seek comfort and prefer to be closer to your side as a means of feel safe and secure. Let your cat know you’re right there by their side. They’ll appreciate you for it, we promise.
If you have a cat that is meowing excessively, it’s best to get down to the root of the cause. And if your cat uses their meows to get what they want from you, looks like they must have you trained pretty well! No matter what, never for any reason punish a cat for meowing. This is the only way that they have to communicate with us humans, and sometimes we need to work to figure out what it is to decode our chatty Cathy kitty cat.