If your cat seems to be following you around the house with a constant string of meows, there’s probably a good reason for it. Cats will almost always try to communicate with their human companions as clearly as possible.
In fact, if your cat is not making any vocalizations at all, that can actually be a sign of some kind of illness.
The first step in understanding your cat’s meowing behavior is to determine what type of vocalization it is. Cats will meow for many different reasons, including:
Purring– A contented purr can signify that your cat is happy, content, and relaxed. However, a purr can also signify pain or discomfort. These types of purrs tend to be shorter and more forced than “happy” purrs.
Chirping– This is a form of vocalization that most cat parents don’t know exists until they hear it for themselves. It sounds like a fancy name, but it’s actually just a “tighter” purr. Some even refer to it as a “pursed-lip” purr.
This type of vocalization is very similar to the sound that kittens make when they’re nursing and their mother is nearby, which probably has something to do with why cats chirp when they see you coming with their food bowl in hand
Mewing– This is the most commonly-heard form of vocalization from cats. A mew will typically sound like a cry or plea for help, but it can also act as a greeting when you arrive home at the end of the day. The “meow” itself often sounds like an elongated, more drawn out version of other types of vocalizations.
Chattering– This type of vocalization is very similar to the sound that a squirrel makes. Some experts say it could also be likened to the noise made by monkeys,
but it’s definitely not as loud or disruptive as either of those sources would lead you to believe. Cats typically make this sound when they are looking out a window or door to see what’s going on outside.
Growling– Cats will growl when they are scared or feel the need to protect themselves. They may also growl if playing with another animal, such as a pet dog,
and they become afraid of getting hurt by their playmate. Purring and meowing can also turn into snarling and growling if the situation merits it.
Yowling– This type of vocalization is far different from any other, and often acts as a warning that there may be an outside threat or danger near your home.
While it’s not commonly heard, you should definitely pay attention if your cat begins yowling because there’s probably an issue that needs to be resolved right away.
Trying to figure out what motivates your cat to meow is the first step in helping her understand that you’re concerned about her well-being, and want to help her find a solution for whatever may be causing her
discomfort or stress. It’s perfectly fine to pick up your cat and let her know that she’s safe with you, but don’t do so if it only seems to be making her meow more.
Picking up your cat can actually be detrimental if she’s sick, because some cats will panic when they are being lifted off the ground by a human.
Instead, just tell your cat that everything is okay and try to stop whatever it is that makes her meow, such as if she’s hungry or thirsty.
If your cat seems to be growing more anxious because you’ve picked her up and are trying to talk to her or pet her, put her back down right away.
The best course of action you can take is often the simplest one- ignore your cat until she decides to stop meowing and starts purring (or any other form of vocalization).
If you can’t stand it anymore and want to make your cat meow less, go for a safer solution than simply shushing her or ignoring her. For instance, try playing with your cat with an interactive toy just as she begins to meow.
This will help redirect her focus from the issue at hand. If you want to be really daring, try tapping your cat lightly on the nose or spraying a little bit of water in her face when she begins to meow.
Sometimes, these solutions work well and your cat stops meowing immediately. Other times, they might not work that great and your cat meows even more.
Just remember that you have to be patient, because it might take hours or days before your cat completely stops meowing all the time. Consistency is key when dealing with this problem
It may seem like a difficult task to make your cat stop meowing for no reason, but most often the issue is easily remedied. Try to break down what exactly you cat is doing at the time- does she want food, water, attention, love, or something else?
Chances are that if your cat meows for one of those reasons, you’re probably eager to comply! The key here is to not take your cat’s meowing personally because it’s not directed at you personally. It’s just an expression of her emotions that she needs to get out somehow.
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Only together can we make the world a meow-free place, where cats everywhere can live their lives without the stress of yowling and howling infiltrating their daily lives.