Cats meow to say hi, call attention to trouble, imply disapproval or pain, or request attention. It is up to you to understand what the sound might be for, and to look out for empty water bowls and other stuff.
As many cat owners know, an awful meow can be a plea for extra meals. Come up with a plan that meets the cat’s desires without teaching it that an opera of yelling ends, in the end, result it wants.
It’s no longer unusual for cat owners to tell me that they have not had a great night sleep in years. Their cats have been robotically waking them up at all times of the night and specifically between 3 AM and 6 AM (early hours of the morning).
This common catty behavior can arise due to a cat’s natural instincts or due to different elements at play.
Some of my friends have practically fallen asleep while riding to work due to insomnia caused by their dear cats.
REASONS FOR NIGHT TIME MEOWING
- Your cat isn’t always lively enough during the day and as a result, is fully awake at night
- Your cat’s dinner time is simply too early and your cat is waking up early in the morning because of starvation.
- Change of environment
- Change in plans.
- Health problems
THINGS TO DO TO ENSURE YOUR CAT GETS ENOUGH NIGHT REST
- Feed the cat later in the evening: If you feed your cat on a time plan, make sure to feed the dinner some hours later in the night.
- Keep your cat awake for longer hours during the day: engage the helping hands of a time-feeder to feed your cat a few times during the day. Spacing meals some hours apart can help keep your cat awake throughout the day. Cats are designed to eat often, not simply two times an afternoon. Simply put, in case your cat is busy and awake for longer hours during the day, it evidently, will sleep extra hours during the night time or even later in the morning. This brings long hours of sleep for you too!
- Give the cat something to do at night time. An interactive cat toy or food puzzle will help hold the cat occupied. You can also conceal treats or toys around the house so the cat can search for them.
- If your cat is meowing excessively, it is possible that she has harmed herself, or that she is feeling ill. Try a quick bodily exam of your cat, or take her in for a check-up at the vet.
- Examine your cat’s eyes and nostril for any discharge.
- Use one or both hands to softly look at your cat’s stomach, starting on the backbone and moving towards the stomach. Look for signs and symptoms of pain or discomfort as you lightly palpate the stomach.
- Use one or both hands to softly have a look at your cat’s limbs and paws. Do not overextend your cat’s limbs. Gently bend the joints as your cat might do if she has been strolling and moving. Note any pain or pain as you have a look at her limbs, joints, and paws.
- Avoid poor reinforcement. Do not scold or yell at your cat for meowing. This is not likely to discourage future meowing even in case you chase the cat away now. It might also even teach your cat to worry you, making it more stressed and irritating behavior.
- Once the immoderate meowing is back down to a reasonable degree, begin replacing some of the treats with head scratches or other non-food rewards. Gradually ramp this up until the cat is returned on a normal eating regimen.
There you have it, night meow can be a sign of something troubling. Keep out an eye for those signs.
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