Stop Excessive Meowing

How To Train Your Cat to Stop Excessive Meowing

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The very first thing to check is that your cat doesn’t have a health issue. Look at her, inspect her body for problems the best that you can. If the meowing is noticeably more than what is normal for her, or you feel the cat could be in pain, obviously she needs to see a veterinarian. Don’t hesitate getting her to the vet, as cats tend to be very good at covering up pain. So if she’s to the point of “showing” her discomfort from some health issue, then it’s a serious situation.

Your cat could be meowing excessively for territorial reasons. Did you just move? Get a new pet? Move furniture around in the house? Does the neighbor have an animal that enters the yard and your cat sees it? Has your work schedule changed? 

Has your cat gotten YOU trained that all she has to do is meow like crazy and you give her whatever she wants?! Whether that is attention, food, treats, etc. She learns quickly that demanding your attention only takes a meow and soon it can become an annoying habit she’s developed. If she’s bored or feeling lonely, she could start the obnoxious meowing, too. 

Give your cat play sessions daily. She wants to play with you, too, not just to play with her toys all by herself. She needs to burn off energy. 

Pay attention to kitty and give her lots of attention BUT if she starts the crazy meowing, stop – ignore her. Don’t give in. Every time you give in and respond to her demanding meows, she wins. You’re teaching her to meow more! Another disciplinary action is to clap your hands or shake a can of pennies at her to startle her into getting the idea she needs to hush. When she becomes quiet, and you play with her and give her attention, she’ll associate silence with being rewarded. 

Some meowing is normal and to be expected, of course, and many owners enjoy “talking” with their cats.


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Jessie says: I’m very good at meowing. I’ve fine-tuned my skills to talk to my human, Gina. We have great talks together!

Gina says: The only time Jessie’s meowing is excessive is around meal time. Otherwise, I say something to her and she meows or trills back to me. So cute! We did have a problem the first few months of her being in the house…about 3:30 in the morning she’d wake me with loud, obnoxious meow/crying. Guess what she wanted? Food.

7 responses to “Stop Excessive Meowing

  1. We adopted Susie our 9 year old cat, from a family member who could no longer care for her. She was an indoor/outdoor cat, but because we feared for her safely (being hit by a car, or gobbled by a fisher cat) we are keeping her indoors. Susie is well loved, fed and played with. She has in the couple of months that we have had her, meowed quite often, but now it seems incessant, and she is waking me during the night. We have been putting her downstairs at night so that we can get decent sleep. I worry that she is unhappy because we are keeping her in, but for her safely think it best. Read about using a shake can to startle her out of it. Just don’t want to freak her out.

  2. Our cat hasn’t stopped meowing from the day he came home as a kitten, it’s constant day and night, no particular pattern. We give him play time and cuddles and he’s well looked after but we just don’t know what else he wants. Any ideas??

    • Review the suggestions on How to Stop Excessive Meowing. Other than those, not sure what to tell you. Sounds like your cat developed a “bad habit” from day one! Good luck!

    • We have the exact same problem he never never stops really annoying!!
      Getting rid of him in the next couple of days had enough driving us all insane now :(

      • Shame on you! Animals are lifetime commitments, not disposable items! He will likely continue to be moved and eventually euthanized in a shelter if no one addresses his problems. Its called being responsible and training/teaching him! Please dont get any more pets!

        • Agreed. Perhaps another more understanding pet owner could take on the training task. We are currently having an excessive meowing problem with our cat (that is why I am on this site), but we would not consider “getting rid” of her. Hopefully you cat is in good hands.

    • I have a similar cat, now about 5 years old. The only thing I can figure out is that he has some kind of severe ptsd. He was found on the street as a tiny kitten, too young even to have been weaned. It was a big city full of lawyers and politicians, if you can imagine anything scarier for a little kitten.

      Some days are worse than others for him but he seems to revert back to that terror very easily. The moment I pick him up he is purring loudly and settles down easily. I tried ignoring but the only thing that works is a ton of love and holding. He loves to play, one-on-one attention. Super affectionate. But in a near constant state of alarm. I am still trying to figure out how to help him which is how I ended up on this page today. :)

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