Friday, June 30, 2017

Why Is My Cat Meowing A Lot And What To Do?

Cats meow to attract the attention of people and to communicate with them. Indeed, cats rarely use this form of communication between them, except the mother with her kitten or during the heat of the females to attract males. If an occasional meow can be tender, unwanted meowing can quickly be troublesome. Some cats are great meowers and meow at any occasion, either positively or negatively, to communicate or ask for something. Beware, however, it can also be distress meowings caused by a pathological problem. It is important to rule out this last probability by consulting your veterinarian.

Meow: what does that mean?

Most of the time, cats meow when they want to get something; the most common reasons are hunger, wanting to go out, a request for attention and hugs or sometimes a call for help. It can also be a friendly greeting, a way to say hello. It is estimated that cats have a repertoire of about a hundred vocal sounds that they reserve for communication with their owners. Each of these meowing types is unique, and some, like those to mean "I'm hungry," are easier to understand than others. Over time, you will be able to understand what each meow means.

So most cats that are meowing try to tell you something and there are a multitude of causes for such behavior. However, you may not understand the desiderata of your pet and do not know what to do. It is first and foremost important to satisfy the basic needs of your feline. Providing him with a diet he likes, water, clean litter, a scratching station and a suitable living space (cats like to stand high, next to a window) are some indispensable measures. When you have the option of installing a flap it is ideal. Putting toys at his disposal and playing with him is also important: they need attention and affection.

Talkative cat breeds

It should be noted that some breeds of cats are naturally more "chatty" than others. These breeds are Balinese, Burmese, Cornish Rex, Japanese Bobtail, Korat, Siamese and Tonkinese.

Deal With Night Meowing

The insistent nocturnal meowing can be troublesome for cat owners. Some cats have the habit of mewing and / or scratching at the door of your room even at night, until you let them in. The first rule of thumb is to not answer. It does this to attract your attention. Getting up or shouting is certainly not the right thing to do because your answer encourages this behavior and it can even amplify it. Only indifference will stop this behavior.

Sometimes it does not work, and then you have to use other stratagies, such as playing with him at night to keep him awake and so help him sleep at the same time as you. You can also use a spray bottle and spray it with water as soon as it meals or scrapes at the door by hiding behind it. The cat will then learn to associate this behavior with being sprayed and will be less likely to start again.

Meowing During Heat

There are times when the pussies are noisy, like during heat or when they are pregnant. The first heat  appears from the age of puberty (between 6 and 9 months, with early puberty at 4 months). For about 8 months of the year, the non-sterilized cats present an uninterrupted series of sexual cycles, lasting between 15 and 20 days.

The signs of a female in heat are easily recognizable. She becomes abnormally affectionate, rubs her hind quarters against the furniture other cats or  her owner, spends a lot of time licking her genital area and especially emits vocals very noisy. These hoarse vocalizations last several days, unless there is mating. If your pussy does not mate, it returns in heat every two to three weeks. It is highly recommended that you sterilize the animal before the age of 7 months, without waiting for the first heat. Ask your veterinarian for advice.

A Form of Manipulation

Recent studies suggest that cats vary in regards to the timing of their meowing to take care of them. In a study published in the January 2009 issue of Current Biology, participants listened to cat memento recordings. Recordings were taken at different stages of solicitation, participants ranging from hungry to badly hungry cats. All participants, even those with no experience as a cat owner, were able to distinguish between emergency levels. Cats are thus able to use their vocal skills to convince their owners to take care of them!

To Conclude

• A cat that meows  wants to communicate something.
• Consult your veterinarian in case.
• Boredom can lead the cat to meowing.
• The Siamese is known for vocalizing (heat period).

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