Cats Who Meow or Cry Too Much
Obviously, meowing and making other sounds are
normal cat behaviors. Whether or not you believe it is
excessive depends in part on your expectations and tolerance
Excessive vocalizations can have several different causes.
Cats can learn to meow to get things they want. If meowing
leads you to put food down, pet your cat, or play with
him, then your cat knows that meowing works. Sometimes
this can get out of hand, to the point that your cat meows
almost constantly in order to get you to do something.
Not rewarding the behavior or teaching your cat to do other
things to get what she wants can be helpful.
Cats can also meow when they are anxious
or fearful of something or not
feeling well. For this reason, it’s always a good
idea to have your cat checked by your veterinarian, especially
if she is older. Anxiety and fears usually can be treated
with behavior modification techniques or changes to your
Meowing and vocalizing at night
is a fairly common problem in older cats. Behaviorists
don’t know for sure why
older cats do this. Often we can recommend changes in your
cat’s environment, to manage the behavior. It is also
possible that medication prescribed by your veterinarian
may be helpful.