Is your cat constantly meowing?
December 27, 2012
Have you recently noticed that your cat or kitten is always meowing? From tiny cries that almost slip by unnoticed to loud howls that wake you up at night, cats can meow in a variety of ways and each of these individual noises can mean something completely different.
If you've always wondered what those meows really mean, now is the time to learn! Here's what your cat's trying to tell you with those sounds.
Meows are a means of communication
If you recent chose to adopt a cat from a New York animal shelter, you may currently be enamoured with your new pet's lovable, adorable nature. If your companion starts to meow when you enter a room, it's very likely that your pet is trying to say hello.
According to MedicineNet.com, many cats use meowing as a way of greeting others. And because felines are social creatures that relish spending time with their pet parents, they may use meowing as a means of attracting attention and letting the humans in the room know they want to be stroked or played with.
This is especially true for pet parents who spent the bulk of their days at the office - with all that time spent alone in the house, a cat is sure to be excited when a human strolls through the door!
Expressing wants or needs with meows
Kittens and cats can also use meows to communicate needs or desires. Whether it's food they want or the chance to be let in or out of a room, cats will make their wishes known by meowing to whomever walks by, PetFinder.com reports. By understanding this, pet parents can better respond to the needs of animals in their care.
When cats are in search of a mate, they're more likely to meow to attract the attention of a potential suitor. If your pet is in heat and picks up the scent of another cat, don't be surprised if your four-legged friend spends the rest of the day letting out loud wails.
Showing grief or dissatisfaction
Cats are very sensitive to their environments, and if a sudden change like moving or the death of another pet occurs, it can lead them to act out in strange ways - often by meowing excessively.
If your cat spends evenings pacing up and down the hallway meowing, this is likely your pet's way of vocalizing grief or discomfort in the situation. If you feel like your cat is missing an old friend or dwelling, CatChannel.com recommends providing plenty of TLC. Enriching a cat's environment with new toys, games and maybe even a playmate can be a great way to vanquish those blues and put an end to late-night meowing. If this habit persists, you should reach out to a New York veterinary provider in your area to learn more.