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Cat suddendly meowing very very loudly and urgently

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LittleMonster100 Fri 24-May-13 18:04:27

Our cat (rescue) has always been a fairly vocal cat and meowed loudly and reasonably often.

For the last week or so, he has started really mowing loudly, urgently and it almost sounds distressing.

He is eating, drinking and pooing normally, sleeping as normal and generally seems fine, so have no idea why he's suddendly doing this.

We have a 18 month old who loves him and is generally very good with him, and am currently pg (don't know if that makes any difference). We both work full time and are out a lot, and he is an indoor cat (always has been due to the fact he is on anti depressants for OCD excessive hair grooming, and nervous disposition). We have offered him time in the garden but he is too scared and hides under the bed meowing.

What could be causing this sudden very loud and urgent meowing? It happens roughly 3-4 times a day always at the same time.

Wishiwasanheiress Fri 24-May-13 18:05:51

Hmm he's decided it's dinner time? Or possibly he's got urine stones? I'd get him checked by the vet. They can be painful. Our cat had them once, and this sounds familiar.

cozietoesie Fri 24-May-13 21:51:14

Do you have any idea how the yowls work in with his feeding/evacuating etc regime, LittleMonster? (You said that they're always at the same time so I'm guessing they might bear some relation.)

MumnGran Fri 24-May-13 22:02:37

First, doublecheck if there is a cat "visiting" outside the house when it happens.
Next, can you leave your partner at home with the cat while you are away ...over a couple of the new shouting times? (this will tell you if its associated directly with you and your pg hormones)

If neither check throws up an answer, then you need a Vet check, just to ensure nothing untoward is going on.

If the check is all clear .... try Vicky Halls ( ) She is a lovely lady, and may well be happy to give you the benefit of her thoughts.

Fingers crossed its an easy answer!

cozietoesie Fri 24-May-13 22:10:30

I'm guessing it's protest at some physical discomfort related to eating or evacuation, MumnGran. (Eating is usually at regular times for cats so anything related to that would likely also be at regular times and that's a probable clue.) It would be useful to know the timing - but I'm thinking a vet visit for a check-out.

MumnGran Sat 25-May-13 00:16:26

Hi Cozie ...... sorry...... when I typed "First ...." I didn't mean that it should be done ahead of your suggestion blush , it was just meant as the first thing on my own list
Just thought the first two suggestions are really easy checks, to rule out .....but yes, I agree, veterinary issue may well be the most likely.

Hope all proves to be OK, though, OP

cozietoesie Sat 25-May-13 00:24:27

Oh Goodness No - I would consider anything, frankly, because I'm stumped. All suggestions are good on this one.


LittleMonster100 Sat 25-May-13 06:25:01

Thank you all...he does stop when we show him more attention and top up his food bowl, but he always has fresh water and a bowl of dry biscuits so should never be hungry.

Could it be attention? Missing us all day?

Will take him to vets to get checked out though just o be safe. He often does it when I first get home, when the toddler eats, when toddler is sleeping - he'll stand outside her door hollering. Sometimes during the night as well.

cozietoesie Sat 25-May-13 07:53:02

Probably safest if only to rule out any physical issues - which maybe seem a little less likely now with the timing you suggested. If nothing wrong, then we can think about behavioural ones.

MumnGran Sat 25-May-13 20:10:36

Hmmm, the mention of a toddler in the house might cast a different light on things. Are his changes in behaviour related to any new child behaviour? .....walking, maybe?
Worth thinking through any aspect which changed at around the time his wailing started.

LittleMonster100 Sat 25-May-13 20:26:53

mumngran toddler is 18 months and been walking since 9.5 months. She has started talking a lot more though and doing things like cuddling him more and asking him for high fives etc. could this be a factor? Irritating him perhaps? She neve chases him or pulls at him, but she calls his name a lot, and shows her love for him bless her.

readysteady Sat 25-May-13 20:33:02

Is he peeing ok? Good amount in tray? If not this is an emergency if he gets blocked! Take care! Hope puss is fine.

LittleMonster100 Sun 26-May-13 11:43:43

Lots of wees and poos in the litter tray ready, now we're at home it being the weekend, he hasn't meowed like that once.

cozietoesie Sun 26-May-13 11:50:33

Ah. Attention seeking then.

MumnGran Sun 26-May-13 12:42:31

Would agree with Cozie ......just ensuring he knows he is up there in the pecking order. Some cats are very intelligent.

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