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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 level.

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 cat’s environment.

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.

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