Cat Constantly Meows and Drives Owner Crazy

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Dr. Sophia Yin, DVM, MS
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My cat has always been a talkative animal, but her insistent meowing has been worse recently than ever before. Sami has always been much quieter when living in a household with another cat, but now Sami cries constantly, anytime my boyfriend or I are home. It’s not a talkative friendly cry, it’s a desperate sounding cry for attention. She follows us around and cries at our feet until we pay attention to her. She cannot handle not being held or petted and always needs to be sitting on my lap. I’ve tried so many different things….I’ve tried giving her attention first thing in the morning, playing with her, cuddling with her, but even if I play with her for 30 minutes I have to get ready for work and she cries the whole time I’m getting ready. As soon as I come home from work it starts again. I have tried to give her tons of attention and when she cries I pick her up and talk to her…but it always continues, she always wants more and more….and I just don’t have time!!! Now I’m trying to ignore her when she is crying, I’m not making eye contact, not talking to her, and I walk away when she is crying. When she is being quiet then I try to give her attention….but it’s so hard! She will be sitting there quiet and I’ll walk toward her or say one word to her and she will start crying!! So then I have to walk away again. It’s so frustrating, I just don’t even know what to do anymore.



Erin, the problem is that by giving Sami attention to get her to be quiet, you’ve actually spent months rewarding her for meowing! It’s even worse if you ignore her for a little while and then finally give in because then she learns that she has to meow longer and harder to get your attention. Now that you’re ignoring the meowing and trying to reward quiet behavior, you’re on the right track, but you’ll need to tweak it to get it to actually work.

First, you’ll have to find a better way to give her the message that sitting quietly is what earns her your attention. The quickest way to do this in cats is to teach them to sit using food. Use her regular kibble instead of giving it to her for free in a bowl, or use canned food on a spoon, or small treats. Getting her to work for her kibble or regular food is best since if you can reward quiet behavior 100x in a day, you’ll change the behavior much faster than if you used treats which can only make up about 10% of her diet. Also make sure the treats or kibble are small enough so she finishes each one in just one or two bites.

To train sit, as soon as Sami sits, get the food reward up to her face in a manner that allows her to remain seated. Once she eats it give her one or two more for remaining seated. At first if she’s meowing, it’s ok. But after she gets the idea that she should be sitting, then only reward the sit if she’s also quiet. She should be on this step by the end of day 1 or 2.

Once she can sit quietly for several seconds to receive a treat, then work on giving her treats for remaining seated and quiet. The goal is to always give treats before she starts meowing or getting up. For instance you may start by giving treats every 3-5 seconds for 5-10 treats, and then increasing the interval to 7 seconds and then 10 seconds and then 15 seconds, 20 seconds, 30 seconds. If you increase in this systematic manner and have her earn a large portion of her meal this way, then within several days you’ll have longer bouts of quiet.

It’s also a good idea to teach her that the word “quiet” means she gets no attention. You can do this once she is starting to understand that sitting quietly gets treats and can hold still and quiet for at least 5-10 seconds. Then, when she meows at you, say “quiet” in a calm but clear voice and immediately turn your head away from her. Once she’s quiet for a second or two, reward her with a treat and then give several more frequently enough so that she remains quiet for another 30 seconds but gradually space the treats further and further apart.

You can also then train her to follow you when you walk around the house, when she catches up so that it’s easier to reward quiet sit behavior, or you can train her to sit quietly and stay in one spot away from you. To train her to follow you, take a few steps. When she follows and sits then reward the quiet, polite behavior. To train her to stay, give her a treat for sitting on a chair or stool. Give her a “halt” signal with your hand. Then back up one step but hurry and return to her and reward her with a treat before she gets up. When you can do this 5 times, then switch to taking 2, then 3 and then more steps away.

By approaching this problem in a systematic manner so Sami can understand that quiet behavior is what earns attention, you’ll be able to turn the meowing noise off in just several days.

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61 responses to “Cat Constantly Meows and Drives Owner Crazy

  1. One other thing to consider, an increase of meowing and crying behaviour can also be due to a condition called hyperthyroidism. A visit to your veterinarian and a bloodtest can rule this out as a contributing factor.

  2. Good point! Although it appears that this cats meowing has probably been reinforced, when animals show a major and sudden change in behavior, medical conditions should be considered.
    Sophia Yin, DVM

  3. Dr. Yin,

    How can this technique apply to a cat who meows and claws at our bedroom door for food and attention at 6am – 7am in the morning while we’re still in bed?

    Background: Zoe is 2 years old and gets 3 meals a day (one before nighttime) and a good amount of day exercise

    We ignore her and have been using ear plugs, but have not been consistent with getting up after she stops meowing to feed her and get ready for work.

    1. I know this is quite old post, but contrary to what vets say, cats should not have feeding times. Fill the bowl when it’s empty. Cats graze. If the cat holds out, then by the time feeding time comes around, he may overeat because he was so hungry. By having food out all day, the cat grazes and will never overeat.

  4. The trick is that you must be consistent. Every time you give in, especially if you do so on a variable schedule, you strengthen the behavior exponentially. That is, if you rewarded her every time she meowed, and pretty quickly, and then stopped rewarding, that meow behavior might stop pretty fast. but of sometimes you get up quickly and other times you wait a long time, she learns that sometimes she might have to meow and meow a long time to get you to get up. And if you get up sometimes and not others you put her on a sort of a gambling rate of reward which makes it more exciting and makes the behavior really strong. Now she knows, even though she doesn’t get rewarded some times, if she tries really hard, she’ll get rewarded at other times.

    If you want to train her to be quiet, first reward a lot of quiet sits, meaning like 20-50 over the course of several days. And once she’s sitting continue to reward quiet sitting before she starts meowing again. Now she has an acceptable behavior that works for getting food (and attention–e.g. pet her if that’s what she wants as the reward). Now what I do at night is I use the MannersMinder, remote controlled food reward-dispenser ( I train her that she can get food rewards that I dispense if she sits quietly. Then, when she starts meowing in the morning, wait until she’s quiet and reward her via remote control. Dispense treats frequently at first to be sure she remains quiet. Then slow the treat rate down so she has to be quiet for longer and longer periods in order to get the reward. You can even teach her this patience ahead of time by having her eat out of the MannersMinder bowl during the day but with her kibble coming quickly at first but slowing down more and more such that her meal takes her a long time.

    Sophia Yin

  5. Thank you Dr. Yin,

    I have started feeding her wet food (3×20 spoonfuls) doing quiet sit. She starts to pay attention and be more patient after a couple spoonfuls.

    I am also going to look at Manner’s Minder for the morning!

  6. Hi Dr. Yin,

    As a follow-up on the progress I have been making with my cat Zoe. She does quiet sits no problem for lengthy durations. But, sometimes she would make a small “mrrr” noise and I am not sure whether I should count this as not being “quiet”. This is much softer than her incessant meowing.

    While I am preparing her meal (wet food) for training, she would meow incessantly and quite loud pacing around all excited and in a demanding demeanor.

    I am not sure in this scenario, what I should be doing in order to avoid reinforcing this behavior every night, where she would meow like crazy in the kitchen while i am preparing her food.

    Should I feed her a couple dry kibbles to get her to be quiet to start?

    Also, saying “quiet” now while I prepare for food has lost it’s effectiveness! She would be relatively quiet while I feed her! I guess I would have to get her to be loud in order to train quiet.

  7. Thanks for the update. The next step depends on what you want. If the soft mrr is ok, you can go ahead and reward only the soft mrr. Or you can wait until she’s completely quiet and then reward frequently when she’s completely quiet.

    And, as you suggested, you can also give her treats before she has a chance to “mrrr.”

  8. sir im so happy from your information.i am student of and also wants to be a good veterinaryan,i need ur sugestation please help me.

  9. This issue can be one of the hardest to break and most annoying for cat owners. I know that these great tips will help many cat owners to improve their relationships and interactions with each others.

  10. Whether you think it’s behavioral or not, still check for hyperthyroidism and kidney issues. Don’t go by what some vet is telling you on the internet. Unless she’s Theresa Caputo, get a blood test.

  11. I have 7 cats and a dog. Only one cat, who was born into the house, cries the whole time. He will come through the cat flap and screech until he sees me, he will screech all through the night until I get up to see him. I have tried te ignoring and treating system but it is impossible especially with all the others. Sleep deprivation is making us all very grouchy. Been to vet lots of times but nothing wrong.

    1. Unfortunately, we cannot diagnose behavior problems over the internet. We do recommend that if you are having these issues, you see a certified Animal Behaviorist. We recommend the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, or the AVSAB, American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior They do have specialists in cat behavior, which may be hard to find as many focus on dogs. Best of luck.

  12. I find your article extremely helpful. Currently my 4yo cat is confined to another bedroom at night when we r sleeping in our own mbr, but I can still hear his meows 1 hour before (or more) we wake up. We tried to ignore but his meows get louder and longer. So typically we would wake up at our usual timing and open his door then prep his food, which I now know is wrong…
    My question is, I know I’m supposed to ignore his meows before he gets his food, but what about opening the door to let him out of the room? Would it be considered giving him attention? Cuz he’s pretty persistent and can meow for hours, n in the morning I just can’t wait that long for him to stop in order for me to open the door as I need to leave for work. I can however open the door n ignore him until he quiets down. Is that advisable?

  13. Hello, I have a similar problem but different circumstances. A person I know gave me her cat and litter of kittens…after she decided not to keep her.
    The cat and kittens came to my apartment.
    Mum was already meowing all the time and wanted to go outside, my friend let her out all the time. I don’t let cats out because I live on the third floor, near a main road and bird sanctuary.
    Her kittens have gone to their new home, and sometimes the cries change to a deeper cry. This cry strikes me as a mum calling for her kittens , maybe? they were 10weeks old.
    She cries all the time I’m home, all night and I just need to sleep…. I don’t know what to do. Any help is appreciated.


    1. That howling is to go outside and mate again!! That’s what they do and may stop for a week and then it will start again. My cat acutallly sounds like she’s saying “ I wanna goo ouuttt” the best thing to do is to her her nurtured at the vets.

      1. I have gave in 600pm he wount STOP mewowing!!!! i let him outside which will result in his death especially where i live. Can a vet take his voice out?

        1. I really hope this is a joke. You should NOT be owning a cat if you want to remove his or her voice for your own comfort.

        2. Are you sure it will result in death? YOu can choose to let her out only a few hours a day. Nighttime is when the problems/fights with other animals occur.

  14. I have Rosie, a 10 year old diabetic cat who gets insulin injections twice a day and is regulated and seemingly healthy. She’ll get a complete 6 month exam very soon.

    I began giving her dental snacks once a day, which she loves and which my Vet recommended, to maintain her healthy gums. Because she is diabetic, she gets no other treats. She’s a good eater, asks to sit on my lap, kneads, sleeps above my pillow, enjoys catnip and likes to play (I could play with her more often).

    The problem I have is that for some time now she desperately meows and almost howls for her dental treat, which I try to give her in the evening. I do my best to wait for a quiet moment, but they don’t seem to come.

    I can’t train her with treats because of her diabetes. She can meow and almost howl for the entire evening for her dental treat. It’s sad and also drives me nuts. Sometimes she seems to be wanting it in the morning too, but the evening is worse. As I said earlier, it’s hard to find a quiet time to give it to her, her meowing is relentless. I plan to try to give it to her in the early evening before she begins begging for it, but I’m thinking she’ll just beg for a second one, which she cannot have.

    I was thinking it may be best to stop the dental treats all together, but I dread how long it will take until she forgets about them. What do you think? Thank you!

    1. I’d find a time you’ll pretty much always be home at and give the dental treat to her then. Cats are very consistant and mine always alerts me to his dinner time if I’m not watching the clock. Another option is to set it where she’ll find it when she’s not paying attention at about the same time [possibly by another person if she’s following you around]. Good luck!

  15. My cat cries when he wants out when he is hungry when he sees me but continues to yowl while im bringing him food walking to the door he just goes off really starting to get on my nerves but he is my little man any suggestions?

  16. Hi. I have a 4 months old cat. She meows day and night. I get no sleep and i work. Her food bowl is always full. I love her but her meowing is driving me crazy. Help?

  17. Hello, i have two cats, only one of whom has just started meowing a lot. I am happy to follow the rewards system described. My question is how do i do this without it affecting the other cat? She is extremely well behaved, so should i reward her at the same time as i do her brother?
    Any advice would be really appreciated!

  18. I know everyone’s stuck on behavior modification. But that’s not always the answer. I have a rescue cat about 18 months old who follows me around like a barnacle and meows ALL the time. Blood work is all good. He fits symptoms of OCD in cats and is totally insecure. Every night around 6:00 he turns into a vampire and starts howling. Wants to go out and when out, then wants to come back in. He looks confused and out of it. And I know he’s not comfortable. It’s out of his control. All I can do it put him in his carrier which contains him and calms him down. After an hour or a couple of hours he comes out purring. But this is EVERY NIGHT. It’s so very hard and I find all I can do is “manage” a cat. I’m going crazy myself. I’m wondering if he’s brain damaged or neurologically impaired in any way. H-E-L-P. I know behavior mod (psychologist) and it doesn’t work on him. Any input would be welcome. Thank You, Joy

    1. I have heard of some stressed out OCD kitties that get prescribed clonopin.. I am wondering the same about our 15 month old cat – but here’s the thing with her, she is a purebred Chartreux! The whole reason we got that cat was they are supposed to be chill and totally quiet. its nuts and other than non-stop howling (to go out on walks) she is a good cat. Ive taken her on leash walks and they say if you do that never let them walk out the door themselves, carry them that way they learn the only way to go out is being carried by you. But after each walk we have 2-3 days of non stop howling so we stopped taking her out. it sucks.

  19. I am going absolutely mad! I have gotten to the point of almost hatred toward my cat…..I believe that it probably is a health issue but I can’t afford all of the testing that they want to do on Carla….she is about 14 yrs old and I am at my wits end…..ALL night in and out….I have to get up to let her in and let her out….I NEED REST! I need help!

    1. You need to go to the vet. This is common amongst senior cats, and if you already suspect that it’s a health issue, then this is a must! It is expensive, but to be frank, this is the cost of having a pet – they are your baby.

  20. I have a male cat he name is Bob..he is three yrs old and fixed..has plenty of toys and a sister/ mom(fixed) plays day n night with them as well..the past four months he been meowing reason…hubby has taken him outside with him.Bob stays with never runs off.He lays on the hallway railing all the time and just meows.I don’t want to run to a vet..any suggestions?

  21. My cat is driving me nuts. She whines Day and night. When she’s in my bedroom she cries to lay on me, then moves round and round and won’t keep still. If I take her off me she howls. If I put her outside the room she claws the door. The window is open so she can go inand out when she likes. But she just won’t shut up. She whines as soon as she sees me which sets her sister off. If I lock her outside the room, when I open it in the morning she goes “meow meow meow meow meow” with no break just a constant whine. I tell her “shhhhh be quiet” but nothing shuts her up. She whines whilst I’m getting ready for work, then as soon as I’m home it starts again. It’s constant whining and only way I can get peace is put her outside.

  22. My cat dallas meow a little .but after i got him fixed. He meows alot .. And as soon as i get up in the morning .he starts in meowing. And he follows me meowing to . when i go to the restroom he follows me and sits there meowing. He thinks every thing i open he thinks it’s his treats. And will sit there and meow. What can i do. This all happen after he was fixed. He is a Himalayan Siamese cat. And he was a stray to. He is 2 yrs old. And i have all kinds of toys for him.

  23. Hello Doc!
    I’m sending out this SOS because I´m going quite desperate with my siamese cat. Won’t stop meowing for nothing! He was born on April 26, 2017, so still a very young cat. He is one of the litter which my female siamese had. I’ve tried everything in and out of the book. Day long and night long he meows endlessly. Sometimes in a desperate tone and other times in a less desperate and quieter tone. He never stops wandering the whole house. I simply don’t know what to do anymore. he’s even driven me out of my mind once or twice to the point where I’ve lost my temper and ran after him or shouted at him. Nothing seems to work. I live next to an inn and live worried that his noises may disturb the guests. Up to now no complaints have reached my ears. He started this behavior some four or five months ago and I can’t fathom why. He is healthy, eats very well and apart from this (to me at least) strange behavior, is quite a normal cat. One thing I’ve noticed is that it seems he gets ‘revenge’ in scraping the nearest object. My couch is good for the trash container. Have you any thoughts on this situation which would help me deal with it or correct it? If I can’t correct this behavior I’ll have to give away for adoption. Something which I’ve been trying very hard to avoid. I just don’t know what a good night’s sleep is anymore. Can you give any advice? Thanks a million for any forthcoming answer.
    Your’s truly,

    1. Wow. It’s literally like you are talking about my cat. His behavior changed around the same time frame ad yours. We have tenabts upstairs and he just screams all through the night, All day, and all night long. He is healthy, eating the same as always, getting attention, exercise, play time, everything. We get no sleep at night.i literally sleep with a spray bottle in my hand and get woken up a legitimate 100+ times a night. He wanders the house screaming and never stops, and he is absolutely Shredding every piece of furniture in the house.and its all new. We are completely at a loss and being driven absolutely out of our minds.

      1. Try putting him outside. I have one male cat who is 8, given up by someone else. He sleeps all day on my bed and goes nuts at night when I am trying to relax. I have bells hanging on the front door that he rings because he wants to go out at night and stay out even though I open the door to let him back in several times. If he does come in he stays in a bathroom with a bed and all his food and a litter box because he will attempt to give the birds in their cages a heart attack if he stays loose. Now on the other hand, I have a 15 year old blind Persian given to me years ago who screams all day and all night. He had the entire dining room downstairs but I am 70 and he was driving me up the wall all times of the day and night. Now he is upstairs in another room and still howls and I have bad arthritis in my body and can’t keep climbing the stairs. I am slowly losing my mind and really need an alternative plan for him. I have had cats for 50 years but never one like this and I just can’t take care of him anymore. He eats, drinks and uses the litter box but the howling is maddening! And last year I was told his health as a senior was fine!!! Maybe some dementia…

  24. Hello! I have a 3 year old Calico who seems very jealous of my boyfriend. She would constantly meow when he would stay over and if we kicked her out of the room, she would claw the carpet. I tried pheromones, reassurance, ignoring her.. nothing works. It really only started when he came around. Now we have bought a house together and don’t know what to do. There isn’t much carpet for her to claw but we don’t want our new stuff destroyed. She doesn’t do it with other people, only him. I really need some advice. What can I do to get her to stop meowing.

  25. Hello! I have a 13 year old black indoor out door cat. With in the past 2 months his meowing has gotten so bad. He’s been talkative his whole life but now every morning at 3am he yells outside our bedroom window! I get up to let him in but he doesn’t come!! He goes quiet for a bit then starts again. (The neighbors have now asked if it was my cat) finally When he does come in he sleeps for an hour and yells to be let back out!! I’m at my wits end. Ugh…. for what it’s worth our other cat passed away recently. Not sure if that could be a reason. However they didn’t get along ever. Thanks in advance!

  26. Hi, I’m at my wits end and need some help.
    Four years ago I moved In with my boyfriend and his male cat. He had free reign of the flag and slept on the bed with my BF and could do whatever he wanted. He would bite my feet and scratch me constantly through the night, and it got to the point where I was so sleep deprived that we nearly broke up over it. I tried to ignore the behaviour and learnt the live with it, tucking my feet under the covers, he still did it, but less frequently and started scratching the bed instead which still woke me up through the night. We then moved house, and shortly after the move I put a stair gate in our room, this way i could get some peace, and he could still see us- he likes to be wherever we are. A few months went by and it was bliss, finally getting a proper nights sleep, and we would feed him as soon as we woke up, as soon as he would hear our alarm, he would know it’s time for breakfast. But for the last few months, he’s been waking up at 5am and howling and banging his body against the gate and scratching the carpet, the only thing that shuts him up is to get up and feed him. We try and ignore him, and lay there listening to him howl until our alarm goes off, but now he keeps waking our little boy up. What can we do?

  27. Can cats have short term memory loss? I swear my cat only cries when she walks into another room and there is no one there. We will be in the living room and she’s in the kitchen howling and then I yell her name and she comes running like “oh hey there!! When did you get here?” It’s the weird thing. It’s the only time she howls – when she’s in another room with no one there. It doesn’t necessarily bother me but I just feel bad. I have always thought she was missing something. She also couldn’t find food by scent. Wait … just connected something – could she have a sense of smell issue? But she can find her cat box and dry food no problem. I don’t know. Any suggestions?

  28. so about 6 months ago, i picked up a rescue cat which was about to be put down.

    when the cat is in the BR, he’s gentle and sweet. he usually sleeps in bed with me (next to my feet – he loves the smell of feet!).

    as soon as he wakes up (at around 15), he goes to the LR and starts circling around meowing for food, like normal cats (nothing extreme).
    he greets me with chirps “mrä mrä mrä” and goes to eat.

    after food, he wants attention.
    he doesn’t really like playing (except between 4-5am, when he runs after shadows and small insects – he’s about 4yo – i think). but he likes to lay down next to my feet on the couch and use my feet as his pillow.
    i lie on the couch with him for a while after work every day.

    thing is.
    if i get off the couch… that’s when it all starts.
    he starts meowing… really loud… he’s not a small cat… he has an extremely powerful megalodontic meow!

    usually, he’ll start circling around the fridge (he does this even if he has food in his bowl).
    and he continues circling between the fridge, his bowl and my chair where i’m sitting in front of the PC. meowing hours on end.
    he can be quiet if he doesn’t see me in the living room (sitting in front of the PC, concealed behind the chair… but as soon as i stand up or he notices me…. “MEEEEEEEEEEEEOOOOOW!!!!!!!!!!”).

    everyone has been telling me to ignore him when he does this. which is what i do.
    but this results in him meowing even louder! and louder! and louder!
    this can continue for hours.
    it ends only when he no longer see’s me.

    it’s clear that he wants attention. he’s the only cat.
    but getting another cat isn’t possible (he has FiV and Feulv… the 2nd cat would need to have the same diseases…. and regular vet costs for this 1 are already astronomical because of his condition).

    releasing him outdoors to run off his restlessness isn’t an option either, as my neighbors have cats (that he would infect). and walking a cat on a leash…

    am going crazy.

    i have no clue what i’m doing wrong… this isn’t my first cat either. have had plenty and never experienced this before.

    his food bowl is in the LR atm (where i have issues with him). will try to move his food bowl to the corridor. if this works, i’ll come back here and tell you about it.

    if it doesn’t, i’ll just cut off my ears.

  29. I have had my rescue cat for a little over 2 months. She is a 3 yr old calico cat. From day 1 she is a “talker” & I am now getting back in touch with the rescue to relinquish custody. I am heart broken. She has plenty of food & toys & I do give her attention. She meows very often, I can’t take it anymore! I love her & we have bonded but I can’t get past the constant meowing. It happens when she’s hungry & after she eats. It happens when I’m in the rest room. It happens at night. She waunders throughout my apartment meowing, meowing, meowing. I have tried calming sprays, calming collars, a diffuser. She has been to the Vet. I just read an article that says I can train her to be quiet with treats & cat food. I have NEVER heard that you can train a cat to do anything. Sometimes when I can’t take it I yell at her to STOP, she gets scared & runs & hides, I feel terrible about that. I try squirting water at her from a spray bottle, she hates it. She runs away. And then she comes around meowing again. I love animals, I have had cats & dogs most of my adult life & I don’t want to give her up but I feel like I have no other choice. I have even thought of asking the Vet for medication to help calm her but I don’t think they will go for that. I don’t think she will cooperate with me giving her medication anyway. I can’t get her in a cat carrier she has recently acted like a wild cat when I try to put her in a carrier. Forget trimming her nails. She doesn’t like being handled either. I’m so depressed about this situation. I am also really, really sad. I feel like I gave failed her.

    1. What did you decide to do? I am going through something similar. I live on a tiny island full of very friendly stray cats that get spayed and neutered by a local NGO. I decided to adopt one of them and we moved to a house without a yard – and I’ve been trying to train him to be an indoor cat. The meowing just. will. not. stop. And it’s been nearly two months. I swear, it might break up my relationship! My boyfriend wants me to let the cat go, but I was raised that if you adopt an animal, you are responsible for it for life. I mean, I know that this cat was fine on the island before I came along, but giving him up would make me feel like I’ve failed him. Cats die of diseases on this island all the time. In addition to the meowing, he’s also destroying the furniture. And now we are likely moving to a big city in another country where it will cost thousands of dollars to bring him and he could get us kicked out of our new apartment because of his meowing. It’s so loud. Pretty sure the synthetic cat pheromone doesn’t exist in this country, either. And I’ve tried the food training for quiet, to no avail. So I am at a loss. It makes me so incredibly sad!

  30. I resonate with a lot of these comments. Have an 8th month old that doesn’t let me, my girlfriend and my roommate sleep. Now, I’ve definitely lost my mind before but it wouldn’t be such a big deal to me if I didn’t have to worry about my housemates or my griflfriend totally hating me. I have tried ignoring him, But now I will try this proper training technique because I don’t want everyone to hate me 😐 anyway thanks

  31. I got a cat a couple of years ago and she was so good to begin with I got her from scraps and than about a month or two later I got another cat shortly after getting daemon that’s when angel started meowing really loudly and non stop and it get worse when my boyfriend and I get ready to go to bed or lay down for a nap and when I leave to put something in my car I can hear her meowing through my front door I have no idea why she is meowing like that I give them both treats every once in a while and cat nip plus wet food they have a cat tree to climb plus toys on the floor she isn’t the playful type of cat either

    1. I have a 23 year old cat with kidney disease, treated with kidney diet food. She consistency meows, gotten worse in the last few years although she had KD much longer and constantly wants to sit on me like Velcro Cat, when she was independent and didn’t liked being patted and would let you know by snarling. She is half her weight which is only 8 lbs in her best of times. She is a good eater 3 x day. Sleeps and meows

  32. Hi! My 14 yr old cat is constantly meowing. I don’t know if it’s just attention problems or if she’s not eating enough. My other cat (6 yrs old), Zeus is very quiet . He is also very hissy. I tried to let him and he swatted me. A year ago when he didn’t live with my cat tipper, he was very gentle and always let you pet him. Now he is rough and violent. He doesn’t actually bite, but he hisses and shows his teeth.

  33. My 7 month old kitty will start meowing/yowling from around 3am, but whenever i look at her or respond, she’ll stop. She just wanders around the house and meows nonstop. What can i do?

    1. Did you read the article? Try the treating for quiet she suggests. Altho treating quiet behavior is tricky, it does work.

  34. Wow, I can’t believe how many people are going through the same thing. I recently adopted a 3 year old male, neutered FIV+ stray and I am at my wits end with the incessant howling and screaming. Vet health checks are clear but there’s obviously something wrong as it can’t be normal for a cat to show this level of pure distress. He’s so loud (i recorded him at 90 decibels) that he’s probably going to get us evicted from my apartment and the country i live in doesn’t have a cat rescue program so there’s nowhere to take him to and abandoning him is not an option of course! Waiting for a (very expensive!) appointment with a behaviourist but I don’t have much hope. Would love to hear of anyone has had similar issues that they’ve actually managed to resolve??

  35. Hello. I have a 9 month old rescued cat, found her outside when she was about 2 months old. She has always been a very talkative cat, which I liked. About 2 months ago she started going into heat and yowling and meowing for hours and hours and a few days ago I spayed her. The procedure was ok and after 3 days she was just like before, running and jumping and playing and… meowing. She is also a very active cat. I think she might have OCD, she has a certain route around the house where she jumps on furniture back and forth. I do not know what to do to stop the meowing, it is driving me insane and waking me up at night. And I am stuck inside with her due to quarantine. I should also mention that I took her outside on a leash a few times and since then the meowing has gotten worse. Please, help me.

    1. tbh till today I had the same problem.I let the pregnant cat in . she gave birth 2 months ago . she was not talkative at all. and since she gave birth she built the mewoing habbit. so much that my neighbors came to my door to see what is happening . thanks god that I live in Turkey and they adore cats. anyway today I started to give her treat only when she is quiet also when I want to pet her ( I say sus and put my index on my nose) thanks to this trick she is not just became sooo quiet in seriously 2 seconds also she automatically sits. hope this helps you
      p.s: she is still loud when she wants to call the kitties but as soon as I say sus she blinks .her ears goes back and she gets quiet .

  36. My cat is 2 and a half years old and for the last 2 years, he meows, yowls, and screams around the house (After learning this behavior from a cat I watched). I’ve tried avoidance, rewarding quiet behavior, and excessive attention. All his tests are fine. We are on our last ounce of sanity. I’m losing my mind!!

  37. hey, doc lyn? my cat is meowing for food, but I’ve already fed her twice the amount she usually has. why is she doing this? I’ve tried ignoring but it doesn’t work.

  38. my kitten is 9 weeks old and shes usually pretty quiet. but today she MEOWED for food but i have already given her twice the amount she usually has. why is she so hungry all the sudden? i mean meowed ALOT

  39. I tried using a kitty treats that I know she loves, but I sat there for over an hour with the stupid thing in my hand and she would never shut up. She is driving us freaking crazy ‼️‼️‼️

  40. My cat is 16 yrs old and has lost most of her hearing. She howls all night long! She walks around the house screaming. We never get any sleep. Neighbors are completely frustrated and have reported her constant screaming to the leasing office. We’ve tried everything we could to keep her quiet, but it never works. I took off yesterday from work and she was screaming then as well. She’s not necessarily screaming in our faces, but she’s screaming from anywhere in the house. Just walking around screaming at the top of her lungs. She never used to do this. I’ve had her since she was born. Whenever we went to bed at night, so did she. We’re going crazy!

  41. Everyone, Dr. Yin passed away back in 2014 so you won’t be getting a response from her. The world lost a valuable pet expert on that day. It is nice that everyone is keeping her work going and helping each other out.

  42. My cat is a female and she is about 3 months old and she was sleeping with me peacyfully next thing i know is that she is scared and whining and jumping in frieght and i dont know why

  43. Hi guys. I had a cat who used to meow constantly. Some breeds are more prone to it, Siamese and Maine Coons for instance. Ours was fixed, always had food etc, he just liked the sound of his own voice. As much as I loved him, there were many times I considered rehoming him.
    Literally the only things that worked for us to get sleep was to get a fan that was loud and turn it on to drown out the sound. Or, occasionally we would turn on the dryer. It wasn’t funny then, but looking back it was humorous that every one in the house at the time (4 people) would yell at him to shut the hell up while we were trying to sleep. Like a lot of Ahole cats he was just bored at night and wanted someone to get up and play with him. Even though he had another cat and a dog he could have played with.

    Also maybe try the SSSCAT can by your bedroom door to keep them away. Hope this helps someone. I know how very frustrating it can be!

  44. This is helpful, the only issue I find myself with is that the moment I go to reward her for any sort of silence, she immediately starts letting out meows before I can even reward her, so I pull away and have to restart. This can go on for hours. What are your thoughts?

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