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 them the door
Sometimes you just can’t win. First your cat is miaowing to be let out. Then they're asking you to let them in . It’s just their 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 they can come and go as they please.
Establishing a feeding schedule
It’s possible your cat is making a noise because they're getting hungry. If you think this might be the problem, try following the guidelines on our packs or leave dry food out for them to nibble all day long. In the long term, however, it's best to feed your cat at the same times each day. Once they get used to the schedule, they'll realise there's no need to keep reminding you.
Giving them extra cuddles
Frequent miaowing is often a cry for attention, so give your cat what they crave by stroking them regularly. Let they sit on your lap while you watch TV, but also set aside plenty of time to play together.
Drawing the line
Once they get what they're asking for, your cat will probably stop chattering. But if the noise continues after you’ve responded to their needs, the best thing to do is ignore them– however hard that might be. If you give in, you’ll just be teaching them that the more they miaow, the attention you’ll pay them!
Rewarding good behaviour
Like all cats, your feline friend likes to be rewarded, so make sure you praise them whenever they're quiet. Wait until they stop their racket, then tell them how good they are. You can also reward them by giving them a treat, stroking them or playing with them.
Helping them to relax
If your cat is crying constantly, it’s possible they're either bored or stressed. Toys will work wonders, especially if they're the sort to keep them mentally challenged, like “cat tracks”. These simple games use an enclosed ball to stimulate your cat, and help develop their stamina.
Maybe they're 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 they cry – doing so can give you clues about what the problem might be. For example, if they miaow when eating, they might have tender teeth or be having difficulty swallowing. If they miaow in their litter tray, they might be constipated, or be having trouble urinating. If you’re worried, take them to the vet.