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Why does my cat Meow sooo much?

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PurplePumpkinHead Wed 22-Nov-17 21:56:59

My male cat (one of a pair - M&F from same litter) just meows what feels like all the time!

He's now taken to walking around the house squawking half the night.

He gets attention, has a pal, gets fed regularly. I've had a Feliway as we moved a few months ago.

He's driving me insane! Any ideas?

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ButterflyForest Wed 22-Nov-17 21:57:52

More cuddles? Some toys to keep him entertained?

Do you have little trays available?

TitaniasCloset Wed 22-Nov-17 21:59:55

Perhaps he just wants a chat? Maybe read him a nice story, about naughty dogs.

PurplePumpkinHead Wed 22-Nov-17 22:01:24

They both go outside to the loo. We had trays whilst we had to keep them in, but they have always been happy going outside.

Never been interested in toys. And he sits on my lap half the evening confused

Thanks for some good ideas though!

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PurplePumpkinHead Wed 22-Nov-17 22:03:14

I could read a story! Maybe about fire breathing dragons that eat noisy cats!

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WhereBeThatBlackbirdTo Wed 22-Nov-17 22:10:17

How old is he?

Our cat started meowling when he was older - 15+. We assumed it was a feline dementia kind of thing. He would shout up the stairs until someone said his name to him. He was calmer then, for a while, after he got some reassurance.

Oh, I miss his little ginger mutterings

halesie Wed 22-Nov-17 22:22:41

Hi, we had the same thing!

For us, it was both after we moved and when ours were older. Our girl cat used to talk a lot anyway but started yowling up the stairs at us in the night. We lost her last year at almost 17. Her brother, who barely even squeaked for those 17 years, then became very vocal and he now wanders around the house yowling at us in much the same way. I guess he just never needed to talk before as she did it for him!

So it could be moving and the lack of familiarity with the place or old age, I don’t think our boy cat’s hearing is great these days so that might be part of it too.

PurplePumpkinHead Wed 22-Nov-17 23:10:01

They are only about 7 we believe - rescues so not entirely sure.

It does seem to have got much worse since we've moved and we've also had a lot of workmen in decorating etc, so maybe he is just discombobulated.

Thank you all for your thoughts - definitely going to track down a book about cat eating fire breathing dragons though! grin

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TitaniasCloset Thu 23-Nov-17 16:52:01

I think your cat will love it grinremember to do all the funny voices though, cats like those bits best.

cozietoesie Thu 23-Nov-17 17:30:04

You have to answer EVERY SINGLE YOWL - it may seem a bit of a task at the beginning but it becomes

Preferably, try to 'get ahead of them' so that you're the one initiating the conversation.

(You don't need to spout Tennyson, by the way. An 'Unh Huh' or a 'What' works fine. After a lifetime of mouthy Siamese, I sometimes feel I could 'Unh Huh' at International level! grin)

PurplePumpkinHead Thu 23-Nov-17 19:51:32

I'll have to try that cozie! And set an app that starts talking to him when he yowls in the night grin ruddy cats - who'd have 'em halo

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cozietoesie Thu 23-Nov-17 19:56:17

If you keep him happy - and hopefully pester him with conversation during the day - I think you'll find that nighttime yowling will decrease dramatically. He should get to the point where he'll think 'Oh Great. Lights Off. Now that ruddy woman will shut up and let me sleep.'

You have to work at it for a few days, though. Wake them up to talk, even. grin

PurplePumpkinHead Sun 26-Nov-17 18:53:32

I have talked to the cat all weekend. I have officially turned into a mad cat lady grin

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cozietoesie Sun 26-Nov-17 19:02:25

You'll get into the habit of it - don't worry. grin

How is the cat reacting?

cherrycola2004 Sun 26-Nov-17 19:14:38

he may have hyperthyroidism? this is what my cat started to do and was diagnosed. now on pills.

PurplePumpkinHead Sun 26-Nov-17 19:30:45

Cozie, he does seem to be settling down actually! Cherry, I'll bear that in mind - thanks for the heads up.

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cozietoesie Mon 27-Nov-17 00:31:51

By the way. Talking to cats is quite acceptable. Once, many years ago, I found myself apologising to the TV after bumping into it. Now that is something that makes me glad I was alone at the time. grin

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