My cat meows incessantly! Why won’t they be quiet?
The most common reason for constant meowing is that your cat has successfully trained you to feed them when they meow! Consider having a feeding schedule that you stick strictly to, allowing your cat to learn that meowing does not equal food. This can be very trying to your patience when you first begin as it will take some time for your cat to accept the new reality! So, maybe don’t make the change during an already stressful time in your life.
If your cat is meowing excessively and it isn’t linked to food, it could be a sign of something deeper going on with them.
Your cat could be meowing because they are lonely. Cats have a reputation of being loners, but this isn’t true for most house cats. They depend on you for companionship and when you are not around they will miss you. This is especially likely if you got your cat during the pandemic when you were home a lot more and you have now gone back to work or school. Consider setting aside 5-10 minutes several times a day to give them your undivided attention. Depending on your cat, this might be a play session with a laser pointer, brushing, cuddling, or getting out some catnip.
Depending on your cat’s temperament and age, you could consider adopting another pet as a companion. But beware, not all cats will get along with a new pet. And if it does not go well you can run into issues with marking or constant fights.
A change in vocalization can also be a sign of a health problem, in which case consider bringing them into your veterinarian to get a checkup.
Written by Helen North
Animal Care Foundation
Providing elderly and disabled community members access to veterinary care for their beloved pet.