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Why is my cat so vocal?

Published: Nov 07, 2012

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Dogs are loud, rambunctious pets while cats are delicate and quiet, right? Not always. Some felines can actually be quite vocal--frequently meowing, purring, hissing or making other noises. If you have a talkative cat, you may be wondering what makes him so verbose.

Breed and behavior makes a difference
According to LoveMeow.com, some breeds are louder than others. For instance, Siamese cats are typically quiet, while Maine Coon cats often have a lot to say. Other times, frequent vocalization can simply be attributed to a behavioral quirk. Felines can be very attentive to their owners, so if you frequently talk to your cat, or are a chatty person yourself, you may find he develops a liking for talking back.

He's trying to tell you something
The Oregon Humane Society says that vocalizations are one way cats try to communicate. Often, they're simply looking for attention, and petting or playing with your pet can help soothe him. However, if the meowing is incessant and becomes an irritation, it is best to ignore the behavior, as attention will only encourage him to keep talking.

Medical issues
If your cat hasn't always been a talker, but begins to vocalize often, it may be a sign of a medical issue. If you're concerned, it's always best to take your pet to one of your nearby vet hospitals for a checkup. On the flip side, once-vocal cats who suddenly become silent should also be brought in for medical attention.

Meowing indoor cats
Cats who have lived most of their lives as outdoor pets often become vocal if for some reason they are required to remain indoors for a certain period of time. There are many ways to combat this issue, according to the organization.  Spaying a cat can often cut down on her urges to go outside, and may also reduce hormones that would make her vocalize otherwise. Playing with your cat can also help him become more comfortable within the home, as he'll be able to get his exercise with you indoors. This can also reduce his risk of developing obesity in cats.

Life transitions
Cats who have recently gone through a transition may also be more likely to meow, as this is a way for them to express confusion, stress or anxiety. A transition can be something as simple as a change in your work schedule, and thus the hours you are available to your pet, to more major changes, like a move. The key here is to be patient, as your cat likely needs time to adjust, and will quiet down on his own.

Grieving cats
If your feline has recently lost an animal or person with whom it was close, it's likely going to experience a period of grieving, which may be accompanied by vocalizations. During this time, he may need extra comfort from you in the form of playing or cuddling. The organization also suggests trying to keep the cat's schedule as consistent as possible.

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