Friday, 28 October 2011

How to Deal With a Noisy Cat

Excessive meowing is a common complaint of cat owners. All cat owners have been there on occasion, and it always seems like that occasion is at 3am! But what should you do if your cat is a habitual late night meower? Beyond getting yourself a good pair of earplugs there are a couple of things that you can do to lessen or prevent this kind of behavior.

Breed Matters

Firstly, it is a good idea to research cat breeds before adopting or purchasing one. Some breeds are much more vocal than others and so just naturally make a lot more noise. Orientals and Siamese in particular are well known for being the loudest of the bunch. So if you know that this is something that will bother you, you may want to look into getting one of the quieter breeds. A Ragamuffin is a very quiet breed for instance.

But furthermore, if your cat has just started this behavior recently it could that there is something wrong with him. As I mentioned, a cat is either going to be predisposed to be loud or not. They will not suddenly develop or change their mannerisms in this regard. If your cat suddenly starts becoming very loud on frequent occasion  it would probably be a good idea to visit the vet and have them look into it.


Cats are like humans in some ways. They don't particularly like change. Their home is your home and they expect things to be a certain way. If something in their environment has recently changed, such as the re-positioning of furniture, the removal of another animal or some new excessive noise or irritation, your cat may simply be upset or stressed out. A little TLC will go a long way in making your cat feel more comfortable. Spend a little more time with him for a day or two petting and paying attention to him. It might help more than you think.

Reward Them

And lastly, as with nearly all behaviors with cats it is important that you reinforce positive behavior, not being so noisy in this case. And absolutely do not reward the noisy behavior. In fact it is best to completely ignore the cat or tell him firmly to knock it off. When they are quiet is when you want to reward them with treats, play time and attention.

A noisy cat can mean a lot of different things. But usually it just comes down to the animal's natural predisposition or some traumatic event (to them) that occurred recently. It's always a good idea to try and put yourself in your cat's shoes and try to see the world like they do. What is his favorite thing to do or favorite spot to lie around at. If there has been a big change in either of those recently that could be your problem right there.

And if all else fails just relax and howl along with him. He will get just as much amusement out of it as you. And hey, you might start to understand their language!

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