Reasons Why Cats Meow
Cats are capable of making a variety of different sounds, including several variations of the simple meow. There are many reasons why cats meow. Let’s look at the most common reasons:
- They are hurt
If a cat suddenly begins to meow excessively, it’s a good idea to have them evaluated by a veterinarian. The cat might be trying to indicate that something is wrong, especially if they are not normally vocal. There are a number of diseases that can cause a cat to feel overwhelmed with hunger, thirst or pain. These feelings often lead to excessive meowing.
- They are saying hello
Cats will often meow to its human when they arrive home or to greet them whenever they see each other.
- They want food
As anyone that has ever lived with cats can tell you, they get very vocal when they are ready to eat.
- They want attention
Sometimes cats meow simply because they want someone to pay attention to them.
- They are in heat
A female cat in heat will often yowl incessantly. Spaying can resolve this issue.
- They are stressed
Cats who are stressed often become more vocal. This is extremely common when cats are taken in the car.
- They are angry
Angry, irritated cats will often scream at each other if they feel threatened. This will sound more like a yowl than a meow.
- They are lonely
Sometimes when cats are left alone for long periods of time they can become anxious and meow excessively.
- They are getting older
Senior cats typically vocalize more than their younger companions.
We hope that this information has been helpful as we strive to provide education on all aspects of pet care.
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