Cats will meow to make us open the door, to remind us that it's time to feed them, to simply get some heavy petting, to get your undivided attention, to tell us something is wrong with them, to draw attention to health problems, etc. Let us examine the reasons why your cat will meow like his/her sole aim in life is to drive you insane.
Reasons Why Your Cat is Meowing Constantly
He/She Wants to Go Outdoors
The constant meowing maybe because he/she wants to be let out. The cat must have learned that meowing loudly worked the last time he/she wanted to go out. Cats are smart and pick up on their owners' weaknesses. They know that constant meowing will take you to the end of your sanity and the only way to get your peace back is by letting them out. Hence, they will continue to meow till you relent.
She is in Heat and He Wants to Mate
It is seen that female cats in heat meow constantly to let males in their vicinity know of their willingness to mate. Male cats who are sexually mature and who can smell a female in heat will meow constantly so that they are let out to mate with the females on estrus. Thus, it is better to get them neutered or spayed, if this sort of behavior is to be avoided.
He/She Is Trying to Acclimatize/Adjust
When you bring home a new cat, he/she needs some time to get used to the new environment and wants to get some attention and reassurance. Cats are intelligent and they understand that constant meowing will get them what they want. Also, since cats are predators by instinct, whose ancestors and feral cousins are mostly active at night, they may want to be let out so that they can roam the neighborhood and hunt the occasional mouse or rat, before checking in again by dawn.
He/She is Grieving or Trying to Communicate
Cats are highly sensitive creatures and can pick up on feelings of fear, grief, compassion, content or even jealously. Some cats may grieve the loss of the owner or miss someone in the family they were close to and meow constantly. Some cats may befriend other cats in the neighborhood and bring them over to the house for a little munch. Or a cat may be jealous of other cats or kids in the house and hate to share their owner, food bowl or even toys. You need to understand what emotions your cat is going through.
How to Stop Your Cat From Meowing Constantly
➜ Make sure you shower your cat with attention. Cats who do not receive attention may meow constantly to get your attention. If you leave your cat alone at home during the day, spend some quality play time after you return from work. Make sure that your cat is not feeling neglected. A bored cat that has nothing to do will meow constantly.
➜ You need to stop giving it attention/food whenever it begins to meow constantly. You should give the cat what he/she needs only after it becomes quiet. When you find your cat is quiet, give him/her a treat that will prove to be a reward for good behavior. On the other hand, you could try leaving the room every time the meowing starts, to teach your cat that meowing means you will ignore him/her and leave him/her alone.