When it comes to our furry felines, the occasional meow can be cute and adorable. But when it becomes excessive, this can be an issue. Loud crying in the middle of the night is one of the most frequent complaints owners have, and as it turns out, is a very common problem. The good news is that this matter can easily be resolved. Here are some tips on how to stop cat meowing.
Why Cats Meow
The single most common reason your cat will meow excessively is because he has been trained to do so. He has learned that all he has to do is cry and he gets whatever he wants, whether it be attention, affection or food. Oftentimes, what starts out as a demand for attention soon evolves into a self-reinforcing habit. Now your little ball of fluff will meow all day just for the fun of it. And this situation will worsen if your cat is lonely or bored.
Before You Begin
Before you attempt to stop cat meowing, the possibility of any illnesses needs to be ruled out. If your pet meows while trying to eat, groom himself or use his litter box, consult your veterinarian immediately as this may signal a serious problem. Another thing to keep in mind is that certain breeds are more vocal than others. Siamese, Korat and Burmese cats are well known for their vocal extremes. If you own a naturally loud kitty, then it would be unrealistic to try and stop his crying all together. Nevertheless, you should hopefully be able to reduce his volume and frequency to a level that no longer ruffles your feathers!
Cats will often meow during the day as well, but at night, the calls can seem much louder and more demanding. Regardless of the time of day, you can correct this behavior by using the following strategies:
* Ignore it – The most important thing is that your cat learns that meowing won’t get him anywhere. So you must try to ignore him. This means that you don’t talk to him, pet him or even look at him, as he might see this as getting the attention he was crying for in the first place. At night, bury your head under the covers, wear earplugs or listen to music.
* Relieve boredom – Keep your feline extra busy during your waking hours and especially in the evening. Leave plenty of toys around so he will have something to play with when he’s in the mood. Additionally, you will have to get involved. They might go a little crazy over a catnip mouse for a moment or so, but on their own, many cats lose interest playing by themselves.
Remember, if you want to stop cat meowing, you must not give in. Disregard his cries and shower him with attention, only when he’s quite. Be patient and persevere. It will take time for your furry feline to be re-trained, so don’t get disheartened if he doesn’t change overnight.