Like most cats, your feline friend probably loves to chat. But there's a difference between friendly conversation and keeping you up all night! If your cat is giving you ear-ache, don’t worry – there are lots of things you can do to help.
Showing her the door
Sometimes you just can’t win. First your cat is miaowing to be let out. Then she’s asking you to let her in . It’s just her independent spirit asserting itself. Luckily there’s a very simple answer – fit your door with a cat flap. Your cat will quickly learn how to use it, after which she can come and go as she pleases.
Establishing a feeding schedule
It’s possible your cat is making a noise because she’s getting hungry. If you think this might be the problem, try following the guidelines on our packs or leave dry food out for her to nibble all day long. In the long term, however, it's best to feed your cat at the same times each day. Once she gets used to the schedule, she'll realise there's no need to keep reminding you.
Giving her extra cuddles
Frequent miaowing is often a cry for attention, so give your cat what she craves by stroking her regularly. Let her sit on your lap while you watch TV, but also set aside plenty of time to play together.
Drawing the line
Once she gets what she’s asking for, your cat will probably stop chattering. But if the noise continues after you’ve responded to her needs, the best thing to do is ignore her – however hard that might be. If you give in, you’ll just be teaching her that the more she miaows, the attention you’ll pay her!
Rewarding good behaviour
Like all cats, your feline friend likes to be rewarded, so make sure you praise her whenever she's quiet. Wait until she stops her racket, then tell her what how good she is. You can also reward her by giving her a treat, stroking her or playing with her.
Helping her to relax
If your cat is crying constantly, it’s possible she’s either bored or stressed. Toys will work wonders, especially if they're the sort to keep her mentally challenged, like “cat tracks”. These simple games use an enclosed ball to stimulate your cat, and help develop her stamina.
Maybe she's poorly
While most miaowing is a cry for attention, in some cases it might mean your cat is unwell or in pain. Watch what your cat is doing when she cries – doing so can give you clues about what the problem might be. For example, if she miaows when eating, she might have tender teeth or be having difficulty swallowing. If she miaows in her litter tray, she might be constipated, or be having trouble urinating. If you’re worried, take her to the vet.