Bridget is a long-time cat owner, cat sitter, and cat lover with years of feline research and hands-on experience.
Reasons Your Cat Might Be Meowing All the Time
Cats can be vocal for any number of reasons. The main reasons for cat vocalizations include:
- Illness/Pain: Hyperthyroidism is an example of an illness that leads to excessive vocalization in cats. Cats also tend to keep their pain to themselves, but if severely injured or sick, they will meow loudly and often. Keep an eye on your cat's physical condition if they suddenly begin meowing much more frequently or loudly than usual.
- Attention-Seeking or Loneliness: Cats who are attached to their owners will often meow when the owners leave, or even when they go to sleep! Ensure that you spend enough time engaging your cat in play to satisfy their need for interaction. Another option is to get an additional cat to keep the cat company!
- Hunger or Thirst: Cats tend to meow when hungry, when they are ready for feeding time, and some will even meow at the food that their owners enjoy! Ensure that your cat's water supply is fresh and replenished regularly and that he or she is eating at regular times to reduce meowing induced by hunger or thirst.
- The Cat Is Greeting You: Many cats meow to greet their owners and to encourage the human to pet them! This should not last long beyond the initial few minutes after the owner returns home; it's a sign of love!
- The Cat Is in Heat: A cat in heat will vocalize excessively. The best way to prevent this is to spay or neuter your feline!
- Anxiety: Anxious cats tend to go one of two ways: either the cat will silently hide, or they will meow and cry constantly. This is especially common after the introduction of a new cat to the household, a visit to the vet, and/or a move to a new home.
- Breed: Siamese cats are known to do the most meowing of all cat breeds.
Can I Reduce Meowing?
After determining that the cat is not meowing due to illness, injury, or any other physical or medical condition, it is possible to address the problem of meowing constantly in a few ways.
Look for Signs
First, ensure that the cat isn't trying to signal any kind of problem to you. For instance, a cat who has run out of water or who cannot access the litter box may meow in order to indicate that they have a need that is not being met.
Similarly, a cat may cry in order to get you to open a door. If you open the door (even just some of the time), the cat will learn to associate meowing with getting the door opened. Instead, try to provide the rewards that the cat is looking for (petting, open doors, or treats) when they are not meowing! It can take some time, but this type of behavior modification does work well.
Don't Reinforce Bad Behavior
If the behavior is more constant, check to see if it is reinforced in any way. For instance, many kittens and cats will meow until their owner gives them attention or pets them. However, if they do receive that attention after meowing, they learn that meowing constantly will get them what they want. In this case, it is best to reward the cat for being quiet by petting them and giving them attention after a period of silence.
Try Using a Calming Diffuser
Another tool for reducing meowing is the Feliway Diffuser. This is a product that has been shown to work well for calming cats by using pheromones that mimic their own. This works especially well for cats who are meowing due to anxiety. Indeed, Feliway has worked well as a calming tool for my own cats. It has reduced their anxiety and aggression, assisted during cat introductions, and helped calm my very vocal (and always meowing) kitten.
Share Your Experience
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.
azjah gamble on November 08, 2017:
my cat named tiger will meow all day but recently i got a new cat but she still meows what to do
Bridget F (author) from USA on October 31, 2017:
Thank you and thanks for stopping by!
angelladywriter.com on October 30, 2017:
Thanks for the article on why cats "meow" so much. I can use this information to help my cat "Midnight," who meows regularly. Now I can try to better understand why she does this. Thanks for the information and the photos are beautiful. Keep up the good work.
Bridget F (author) from USA on October 29, 2017:
Hi FlourishAnyway! I have almost the same experience- one cat who just likes to talk and another who is anxious and benefits from the Feliway. They definitely have their own personalities! Thank you for stopping over :)
FlourishAnyway from USA on October 28, 2017:
One of my cats is a constant talker. He vocalizes a lot, sometimes to get attention such as while rolling but other times while chatting back and forth with my husband or me. He’s simply got a lot to say, similar to Siamese cats, and we don’t fault him for that. It’s endearing. We do use Feliway for another cat who sometimes vocalizes too much from anxiety. She’s a nervous Nelly and we find the wall units of Feliway in addition to room sprays as needed help her.