How To Stop Excessive Cat Meowing

A cat meowing non-stop can be incredibly frustrating.

meowing british kitte

Maybe you're trying to watch TV, have a conversation, work - whatever - and there's this constant verbal assault from that ball of fluff who looks way too small to be capable of producing such a loud din.

Shouting at Kitty doesn't work.

Giving in to each demand from her seems to instantly generate another one.

Ignoring her demands just makes her pitch and volume increase to the point where you worry the windows will shatter.

Is it all hopeless? Fortunately, no! You can train her to be quieter so you can restore your sanity and give your ears a much-needed rest.



Make Excessive Cat Meowing A Thing Of The Past!

Some cats are naturally more talkative than others. This is partly due to breed genetics - for example Siamese cats are well-known for their vocal extremes.

But it's also partly due to learned behavior. If Kitty is meowing a lot, it's because somewhere along the way, she's learned that when she does, she'll be fed, played with, cuddled, groomed, talked to etc. etc. So, re-training is required to break this cycle.

If you've got a naturally vocal cat, then it would be unrealistic to try to stop her meowing almost altogether. But you should hopefully be able to reduce her volume and frequency to a level that no longer drives you round the bend.

Here are some suggested steps to take:


1) Ignore her vocal blackmail

This is the most important thing to do. It's also the most difficult. Kitty must stop associating excessive meowing with getting rewards.

Only feed her and give her attention when she's quiet. Ignore her vocal demands.

You'll likely find that when you start ignoring her operatic recital, things will get worse before they get better.

This is because she'll initially try what's worked before - i.e. meowing louder and longer. It's really important at this point that you resist all temptation to give in to her. Don't shout at her either - many animals prefer negative attention to no attention.


2) Make sure she's getting enough attention and isn't bored

Kitty is more likely to meow excessively if she's bored or not getting enough attention, so make sure you find time every day to play with her and pet her. But - remember the golden rule. Only start giving her attention when she's quiet!


3) Be patient and persevere

It will take time for Kitty to be re-trained, so don't get disheartened if she doesn't change overnight. And stick to your guns - ignore her meowing and only reward her when she's quiet.


I had a cat meowing experience which I'd like to share with you. I've got a Persian cat called Priscilla. Persians aren't meant to be very vocal, but Priscilla is by far the noisiest cat I've ever had.

I got her from a rescue center when she was 7 years old, and her excessive meowing started as soon as I brought her home. At first I gave in to her, because I figured she was still settling in. But she got worse and worse, and I reached a point where I knew I had to curb her behavior.

Priscilla in garden

I got her from a rescue center when she was 7 years old, and her excessive meowing started as soon as I brought her home. At first I gave in to her, because I figured she was still settling in. But she got worse and worse, and I reached a point where I knew I had to curb her behavior.

It was incredibly difficult to ignore her, as her volume increased to levels a banshee would have been proud of.

When she was really bad, I resorted to watching TV with headphones on, and walking round my apartment wearing my iPod.

After about two weeks, the cat meowing started to lessen. I did away with the iPod first, and the TV headphones second. It took about a month in total to get her to an acceptable vocal level.

She's still a talkative cat, but now in a better way that doesn't make my head hurt!


Important Final Note:

If something has recently happened that's upsetting Kitty, she may meow as a result.

For example, if someone has just moved out of or into the house, or if you've just moved house or just got her, she may be unsettled and upset. Click here for more information on things that can cause stress in cats.

In instances such as these, you should try to avoid obviously rewarding the meowing, but you will need to spend extra time with her, reassuring her until she adjusts. A Feliway diffuser may help to calm Kitty down in these circumstances.

Finally, if your normally quiet kitty suddenly becomes very noisy for no obvious reason that you can think of, get her checked out by the vet. Increased cat meowing can sometimes occur because Kitty is sick.





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