Cats don't really use meowing to communicate with other cats—but they do use it to tell pet parents what they need. Cats try to communicate with humans through meowing, but it's not always very clear what they are trying to say. Below, explore six reasons why your cat might be so “talkative.”
1. Your cat may be hurt or ill
If your cat is suddenly much noisier than usual, it could be a sign that they are in pain, or suffering from some neurological distress. If you notice a sudden and dramatic change in your cat's meowing, or if it sounds painful, it's time for a vet visit. The one exception is if you can tell your female cat is yowling because she is in heat.
2. Your cat is in heat
Female cats that have not been fixed will go into heat at around six months and will subsequently go into heat several times a year. During this period they tend to yowl, hoping a mate will hear them. This yowling can be very loud, and there is no way to discourage the behavior without spaying the cat. The good news about spaying is that it has other health benefits, will reduce her urge to wander, and can prevent strays.
3. Your cat is looking for attention
Many cats become more talkative and noisy over time if they learn that meowing will get them attention, food, or affection. Unless you love your cat's chatter, it's important not to reward meowing. Cats often meow as their feeding time approaches. If you feed them right away and they associate their meowing with getting food instantly, you'll quickly have a noisy cat on your hands. To avoid encouraging this behavior, wait until your cat is quiet before putting out food or granting affection. With time, your cat will learn that feeding follows being quiet, rather than incessant meowing.
4. Your cat is bored or lonely
Some cats are independent but others prefer company, and being home alone all day can be hard for them to handle. A bored, lonely, or grieving cat who has lost their favorite family member may become more talkative out of anxiety or attempts to garner attention. Help your cat by playing, petting, praising, and leaving out toys to help pass the time while you're away.
5. Your cat is getting older
Senior cats tend to vocalize more often as they get older, especially at night. Their sleep-wake cycles change and their cognitive function may decline, leading to some confusion and disorientation. Sometimes this increased meowing is related to hearing loss, anxiety, or illness (particularly thyroid problems) so you should check with your veterinarian to see if your cat needs treatment. You can also try installing a couple night-lights to help your cat navigate in the dark, especially when scarce ambient light and the call of the litter-box overlap.
6. Your Cat is naturally talkative
Cats all have different purrsonalities, and some tend to meow frequently as they try to communicate. Some breeds, like Persians, Siamese, and other Asian breeds also tend to be more talkative than others, so if you prefer a quiet cat, you may want to avoid these breeds. If your cat is naturally talkative, you can still reward quiet behaviors at key times, like at meal and bed time, but you'll also have to embrace the chatty side.
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