6 Reasons Your Cat Won't Stop Meowing At You



Do you find yourself asking, “Why does my cat meow so much?” Does your cat carry on entire conversations with you? Cats communicate through a variety of sounds and vocalizations, from meows to growls to hisses. As kittens, they’ll meow to their moms when they’re cold, hungry, or scared. But as they age, cats mostly rely on body language and other more subtle vocalizations. But did you know that adult cats reserve their meows for communicating with their humans?

Most cat owners can agree that after a while, deciphering our cat’s meows becomes almost second nature. There’s the ever infamous “I’m hungry” meow and the “C’mon, let’s play!” trills.  But besides the obvious meows we’re able to easily recognize as cat parents, there are more than a few reasons your cat keeps meowing at you.


1. Illness

Some cats are naturally more chatty than others - Siamese cats are known for being especially fond of expressing their opinions vocally. But if your cat is suddenly meowing more than usual, to the point of excessiveness, this may be a sign of an underlying illness. For instance, cats of all ages can develop an overactive thyroid or kidney disease, both of which can result in excessive vocalizations. It’s important to pay attention to your cat’s behavior - and of course, their meows. They may be trying to tell you something is wrong and a vet checkup may be in order.


2. Stressors

While some cats handle stress differently (like humans), a stressed cat may often become more vocal. Whether you’ve introduced a new pet or there has been a big move or changes made in the home, if your cat is stressed they might turn into a talker. Observe your cat for other signs of stress, and try to root out the source of it. If you can’t locate the source of stress or are unable to change it, be sure to give your cat some extra TLC and quiet time to help calm them down. Vertical space such as a cat tree can furnish some needed space or a hiding place that can reduce your cat’s stress as well as provide a great place to sleep or exercise.


3. Signs of Aging

As cats age, they can sometimes suffer from a form of mental confusion (or cognitive dysfunction), just like humans. This can cause them to become disoriented and cry for no apparent reason, especially at night. A nightlight sometimes can help if your cat becomes disoriented at night, and veterinarians often can prescribe medications that help ease these symptoms.


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4. They’re in heat

If your cat is not spayed or neutered, be prepared for a lot more racket. Unaltered females in heat will yowl to attract a mate - and unaltered males will yowl in reply when they smell a female in heat. Spaying and neutering your cat will prevent this caterwauling. On top of that, spaying and neutering can actually improve your pet’s health, curb behavioral issues, and help save on the long-term cost of veterinary care.

5. Attention Seeking

While cats aren’t pack animals like dogs, that doesn’t mean they want to be alone all the time! Cats prefer to be social with the humans they love and trust. So despite the stereotypes of the “aloof” cat, your cat may be meowing to grab your attention because they’re feeling lonely - or even just bored.

If your cat isn’t getting the attention or stimulation they crave, it can result in incessant meows and 4 am kitty wake up calls. Provide your favorite feline with plenty of playtime with you - a tired cat is a quiet cat! But also provide them with toys they can bat around themselves during the day when you’re not home to encourage them to play. Catnip-filled toys are a great choice as the catnip also stimulates and encourages your cat to play - instead of nap all day.

6. Begging

Most pet parents know this meow like the back of their hand: The “FEED ME” meow. Many cats learn that anytime someone walks into the kitchen, if they meow for food there’s a chance they’ll get a bite to eat. And anytime you feed them after they come in meows blaring, you’re reinforcing this behavior. If your cat is a chronic beggar who meows at the top of their lungs, avoid feeding your cat when he cries. Wait until he quiets down to put down food, and don’t give her treats when she meows.


  • Cecil

    My cat meows all the time. I don’t mind it, I just wanted to know what he was talking about. Everyone is so mad in the comments, please be nice to cats.

  • Stfu Lacey x2

    I’m autistic and my bf and I were forced into taking a cat by his mom because she is the lady that feeds the ferals in her neighborhood and they keep reproducing. Neither of us wanted this cat we have had for SIX years now. She is feral and horrible and I cannot deal with noises well because… I’m f*cking autistic. I go into full blown panic attacks when she screams for 2-3 hours on end and I can’t find a peaceful place. I can’t keep from punching myself in the head and having meltdowns and giving myself a concussion because my service dog can’t even stop me. You are an ableist c*nt. She still lives in our home because we committed to take her in but we would do anything to be rid of her as long as we knew she wouldn’t be put down, but guess what, she’s FERAL. Any place would put her down in a heartbeat. I play with her for hours a day to try and appease her, clean her litter box EVERY DAY, even build her things that I hope makes her happy. She’s still destroyed thousands of dollars worth of items and screams for hours on end. We have done everything we can. F*ck this cat, please take her off our hands since you’re the mother Mary of cats. She’s never been a pet or a part of our family 🤷🏼‍♀️

  • Celanese

    Hello everyone I have a one month old cat for 2 weeks now at first I had too of them and my cat didn’t meow as much but now since the other cat is gone, it whines a lot keeps me up day and night. Sometimes I let it out to run around doing today but then I eventually put it back in her bed …….She eats and drinks and still meow

  • Stfu Lacey

    Shut the fuck up lacey you’re a dumb fucking prick with no future youre probably a single mom that hasnt had sex in years and have a shitty life

  • F Off Lacey

    Lacey you think you’re being empathetic but youre just being an asshole. I have a cat who is so loud it causes issues with neighbors. I try everything i can and nothing works and she wont let me sleep, and i already suffer from insomnia and mental health issues. I love my cat but its been really difficult. And when i picked her up i was young and had no idea it would be like this. So f off with your judgments. Youre just a self righteous prick who should keep their mouth shut.

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