Is your cat’s meowing and loud crying (yowling) driving you crazy? Is your cat waking you up at 3 a.m. with this behavior? According to world-renowned cat Behaviorist Mieschelle Nagelschneider, thousands of cat owners are dealing with excessive meowing between 3 and 6 a.m.
Mieschelle found many possible reasons why your cat may be excessively vocal or meow at inappropriate times. Have you ruled out a medical reason? Diabetic cats have been found to eat continually yet are still hungry should get a full medical checkup with blood work, urinalysis or other tests. Some meowers may be senile or suffer feline cognitive dysfunction.
Other situations which may cause excess meowing include:
1. Your cat’s hunting clock is turned around (set for morning instead of evening)
2. Separation anxiety
3. Your cat has trained you that when he meows, he gets what he wants
4. A move, or other change in environment, or change in schedule (yours or his.
5. Loss of family member (other pet)
6. Pent-up energy needing to be released (boring or stressful environment)
8. Meowing has become a self-rewarding habit and just feels good!
9. Your outdoor cat has been brought to live indoors
10. Your cat is in heat – which may go away but will recur if your cat remains unspayed