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How to Stop a Cat From Constantly Meowing

Galaxy has had the privilege of sharing her life with many wonderful animals. Her current companion is a beautiful cat called Nikolai.

My cat saying, "This is where my food is kept."

My cat saying, "This is where my food is kept."

Why Do Cats Meow?

Nothing is more irritating than a cat that meows all of the time. Cats meow for a variety of reasons, and it all comes down to one thing: attention. You just have to work out what kind of attention they are seeking. Sometimes, it's easy to tell what your cat wants. If a cat meows at its food dish, it wants food. If it meows at the door, it wants to come in or go out. Sometimes, they just seem to cry for no reason at all.

Cats only seem to meow a lot when they are around humans. They don't appear to meow at each other very much when they are alone. It appears to be a learned response to living with us. Always remember that a cat will sometimes cry when they are in pain, scared, or angry.

You will soon learn to interpret the different sounds that your cat makes. A cry of pain is much different from the meow of a cat that wants you to stroke or play with them. Different cats have different personalities and different vocalizations. You know your cat better than anyone.

When Your Cat Cries, You May Know What They Want

Cats waiting for dinner time.

Cats waiting for dinner time.

Four Tips for Working With Your Noisy Cat

If your cat is meowing all of the time and just won't stop, there are a few things you can do to try to get them to quiet down a bit:

  1. Make sure that your cat is safe, that they have been fed, and that they can get out or use their litter tray if they need to and then ignore them. Let them meow as long as they want, just go about your business as usual. It can be very hard to ignore your beloved pet, but it is the best thing in the long run. Life will be better for both of you if you just stick it out. The cat will soon learn that meowing doesn't get him anything; in fact, he might not like your response at all. Cats crave attention and the last thing they want is to be ignored.
  2. Do not be tempted to shout at your cat or tell it to be quiet—that is just giving it attention. Keep quiet no matter how tempting it is to respond to its mewing. Don't forget your cat, clever as it is, does not speak human. You don't want to frighten it.
  3. Distractions. This is a difficult one because distracting your cat also means giving it attention. It might shut up for a while as you play with it but will then know that meowing works.
  4. If all else fails you can (as a last resort) use a squirt of water. Fill a spray bottle with water and give the cat a short mist. It works sometimes, but your cat will resent you for a while until the next mealtime. It might seem a little bit cruel, but it does work. As I said, please only use this method as a last resort.

He Can Meow for Hours on End

Cat standing on a table.

Cat standing on a table.

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Some Breeds Are More Vocal Than Others

My little ginger cat in the picture above is odd even for a cat. He can go months without making a single noise and then spend over three hours standing on a garden table meowing at nothing! When you are thinking about getting a cat, it is best to remember that some breeds are more vocal than others.

A Siamese cat will typically meow more than a tabby or ginger cat. When all is said and done, even really vocal cats are worth the inconvenience and irritation they can cause. The pluses definitely outweigh the minuses. Once a cat person, always a cat person. Even if your cat somehow learned to play the drums you would still love them . . . wouldn't you?

Vocal Cat or Quiet Cat?

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.

Questions & Answers

Question: I have a Russian White, and for no reason, it started meowing constantly and won't stop no matter what I do. I have tried the water spray bottle, putting her in a closed room, but she just keeps up the meowing. I don't want to get rid of her, but her meowing has to stop What can I do to stop her from meowing?

Answer: Have you tried the four steps in the article? Cats meowing constantly can be very annoying, but they are only trying to tell us something. If your cat has only recently started meowing all the time, perhaps she is in pain? Have you taken her to the vet? It might be a good idea to have her checked out by a professional. I have found the best way to stop a cat meowing is with distraction. Play with her or simply call her over to you and give her some attention.

© 2018 Galaxy Harvey


Galaxy Harvey (author) from United Kingdom on February 25, 2018:

Food is the one thing they all seem to make noise over! Thanks for commenting Eric.

Eric Farmer from Rockford Illinois on February 25, 2018:

The cats I have owned in the past tended to be pretty quiet. Until it saw or heard food.

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