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A cat’s meow can be entertaining or frustrating, depending on the situation. If you’re trying to sleep at night and your cat is meowing loudly through the night, you may be at your wit’s end about what to do. The best strategy is to understand why a cat meows. Vets and experienced cat owners believe that a meowing cat is either physically struggling, hungry or just lonely and wants companionship.
A Hungry Cat
The simplest way to determine if a cat is meowing due to hunger is to feed it. Your cat will be happy after eating and the meowing will stop. If your cat is a big eater, you may hear continued meowing until all hunger has been satisfied.
A Cat in Pain
If your cat is new to you and it suddenly begins meowing incessantly, there may be a physical issue. The best solution is to take it to a vet for a complete check up. A cat in pain will meow to alert that it needs help. It’s best not to ignore the meow in this case and get to the bottom of it. Once your cat has a clean bill of health from the vet, you can investigate other possible causes for the meow.
A Lonely Cat
Cats will also talk incessantly when they are lonely. If you’ve left a cat alone for long hours, it may begin talking to you when you arrive home. If you’re the primary affection giver and you are not home for many hours, the other people in your household may be getting an earful of meowing until you arrive home. With a little bit of attention and affection, your cat will quiet down and purr again.