Is your cat waking up the entire neighborhood every night with their vocalizations? This cat behavior is unfortunately common, especially in older cats.
Step number one is to be sure there isn’t a medical problem, so next time you visit your vet talk to them about the meowing, especially if the meowing occurs at all times of the day. Your cat may be in some pain or discomfort. Sometimes older cats meow loudly because their hearing isn’t as acute as it once was. If your cat gets a clean bill of health then try these suggestions:
- Your cat’s internal hunting clock needs to be reset. Start feeding your cat later in the evening (try just before bed) and see if that makes a difference.
- If your cat is hungry, you can purchase a timed feeder that dispenses food a few times each night.
- Don’t get in the habit of feeding your cat when they demand it; they might be meowing to wake you up for a snack.
- Make sure your cat has water at all times.
- Although cats sleep a lot they need periods of high activity so maybe your cat is bored. Give them a few intense play times during the day and try and keep them awake more often.
- Your kitty may be lonely or insecure. Often if they can access your room, they will feel safer, and the meowing will stop.
- It could be hormones! Make sure your cat is spayed or neutered.
- Sometimes adding a playmate helps, consider a second cat.
Let’s hope these suggestions result in a good nights rest for everyone. Earplugs may be a last resort!