Cat Yowling and Meowing (or excessive vocalization)
Mieshelle’s most recent study of animal behavior was at Harvard University and she lectures across the country at national and international veterinary education conventions, the Humane Society, and SPCA on this very common behavior issue. See over 100 client testimonials
March 2015 Testimonial: Mieshelle, The meowing at night has ceased. So has the excessive grooming. Ziggy is obsessed with (behavior advice removed). Rosemary A. Berwyn, PA
Is your cat driving you crazy? Cat yowling and excessive meowing can do that. We’ve handled many cases where the cat owner had not had a good night’s sleep in 8 years and others that were about to be evicted because of their cats’ non-stop or early morning meowing. We can show you just what to do — and what not to do. Typically our clients declare success in 2 weeks with this behavior issue.
Some cat owners are simply dumbfounded that their cat can consistently beat a 6:30 a.m. alarm clock by meowing at 6:28 a.m. Did you know that thousands of cat owners are dealing with meowing between 3 and 6 a.m. in the morning just like you? There are several reasons that can cause this behavior, but all can be remedied.
The excessive-meowing consult has become my favorite over the years because I can so profoundly change the lives of the cat owner and the cat. Finally able to get some rest, they say I’ve added ten years to their lives, helped them to keep their apartments (and their jobs, now that they’re no longer so sleep deprived that they can’t function), and even saved their marriages.
Again, there are many possible reasons why your cat could be meowing (or yowling – making an even louder and more insistent sound) excessively or at inappropriate times. The Original Cause might be a medical issue. I’ve seen quite a few diabetic cats who ate continually yet were still hungry: I’m eating and it’s not working!
If your cat has both increased her meowing and reversed her night and day behaviors, she may be senile or have feline cognitive dysfunction. Given how many medical problems can contribute to excessive meowing, it’s very important to have your cat fully checked out – with blood work, urinalysis and any other diagnostic testing your vet might recommend.
Besides health issues, the situations leading to excessive vocalization, in approximate, descending order of likelihood, are:
1. The cat’s hunting clock is set for morning instead of evening
2. Separation anxiety
3. You’ve trained your cat to meow to get what he wants
4. Change in environment (e.g., after a move)
5. Change in schedule (yours or his)
6. Loss of family member
7. Pent-up energy or emotion needing to be released (boring or stressful environment)
8. Hunger or diet change
9. Meowing has become a self-rewarding habit and just feels good!
10. Some cats are just naturally more vocal than others
11. Talkative owners may have more talkative cats
12. An outdoor cat has been brought to live indoors
13. Your cat is in heat – the yowling will be temporary, but will recur periodically for as long as your cat is un-spayed
Often we find that at least one of these instigating factors are at play and secondary behavior issues often develop. This is a very special behavior issue that requires a certified behaviorist.
Book a consultation now for your cat’s customized treatment plan and get relief from all that vocalization before the problem becomes worse.