8 Common reasons your cat is meowing at you

A Cat begins meowing at you for several reasons. hunger, boredom even pain. Being vocal is a form of communication. Sometimes it is cute however in the middle of the night it can become a problem. Knowing the why behind the meow can be useful.

From birth, kittens can make a noise or a “cry” similar to a meow. Kittens depend on their mother for their immediate survival. They cry or meow to express their needs. A kitten cries when they are hungry, thirsty, cold, scared, or lost. If you have ever heard a lost kitten, you know it one of the most effective ways to let mama cats know where they are hiding.

As kittens get older and don’t need their mother as much, their vocalization changes. As they become more independent, the need to cry for their mother cat dwindles.

Enter their human pet parents.

Dare I admit, as a new kitten owner, we take on the role of a mama cat and baby our furry ones. We become responsible to feed nurture and care for our new family members. We speak to them often they also often hear television or radio. When they meow we respond. They notice how we talk to each other. In the wild a feral cat vocalized less often just to warn others.

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Pizza the Wonder Cat circa. 2010 approx. 2 months old

Common Reasons for being Vocal

How often do you chat with your cat? I personally talk to Pizza the wonder cat all the time. Studies have shown cats mainly meow to humans, not to each other. In addition to imprinting and purring, over time we have taught cats that vocalizing is a great way to communicate with us. (Who has trained who?)

What is my feline buddy trying to say?

Hunger or thirsty

I often get reminded that it is breakfast time ( or dinner time….or snack time ). I get a meow to remind me that my guy is hungry. There is a quick meow and a happy insistent chirps as I open the wet food can. ( occasionally he will even offer a little paw for help… I’d be in trouble if Pizza had opposable thumbs). Undoubtedly though, if he meows enough he will get fed, or get a treat. ( Yes, I have spoiled him)

To make it known they want out

We live in a “blended household” which means we spend a lot of time in our space. There is a beautiful dog at home BUT given our unique circumstances, time with the cat and dog needs to be supervised. Occasionally my cat will meow at the door to be let out of the room. Sometimes I think it is because he is talking to the dog.

What is your pet really trying to say ?

Hello , I missed you

Pizza is very quick to show that he missed me . Often he can hear me come in the front door and begins calling to me. This has been a life long habit of his, one he had done throughout all the different places we have lived.

Does my cat love me?

Fear or Pain

I don’t hear this type of meow from my guy very often. However, lately, if the dog does bark unexpectedly at him and scares him, he does let out a different meow than normal. It’s louder and with more “cattitude”. In our case, it is not usually accompanied by any other signs of fear (raised hackled or claws drawn) so I just make sure the dog and cat are monitored when together in a room. It is a warning to “watch out you are scaring me.”

Breed

Some breeds are just more vocal than others. Bengals, Siamese are known for their propensity to be more vocal.

Sometimes products like Feliway can be useful. It is plug in diffuser that mimics the pheromones, promoting a feeling of calm.

Worrisome reasons the cat is meowing at you

Illness

If your cat suddenly meowing more than usual? It is possible they are extra thirsty because of disease. Thyroid or kidney disease can result in excess thirst. If you are concerned it is best to get your kitty to a veterinarian to rule out an issue. At times medications or supplements like CBD also cause dry mouth. Be aware and make sure your cat has enough water available.

Senility

It is quite common for an older cat to begin more frequent meowing as they age. Cognitive function lessens and old cats become more vocal because of it. They may forget what they want and verbalize their confusion. Perhaps it is equivalent to walking into a room and forgetting why you went.

Desire to mate

An unaltered male or female cat also meow or more likely yowl, when the urge to mate hits. I have heard the long loud, meow from feral cats outside. It is an undeniable sound, designed to attract a suitable mate. An altered cat generally doesn’t do this.

Finally

As you can see, cats are pretty smart. We have taught them the fine art of communicating to get their desires known. I think that is pretty clever. Cats definitely have a lot of things on their mind and are not shy about letting us know about it. It is fun and informative to pay attention to the ways your little buddy is trying to communicate with you.

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We need to address the cat with bad stinky breath

Oh my, please don’t sit near my face until we have a chat. Pizza cat you have a stinky breath thing, going on what is UP little Dude?

pal of the week Pizza

Normally this is not an issue with my guy. However, over the months he has been enjoying wet food more and more, and fewer crunchies. He is showing no other signs of illness. Although dental issues can be a concern, firstly, a breath “mint” or dental stick or treat is a quick, economical, and hopefully easy solution.

Reasons for Halitosis (bad breath) in cats

It happens to us all from time to time. Cats are primarily carnivores and let’s face it eating meat is not kind to your breath all the time. Tuna is stinky. Food stuck between teeth can smell too and cats don’t generally floss.

Maybe you need some more veggies in your diet guy!

One of the most common reasons behind a cat’s stinky breath is a dental issue. Plaque build-up, gingivitis, or a tooth infection. can be hard for us pet parerts to diagnose, but it is something to keep in mind if you notice any of the following.

  • Drooling
  • Lack of appetite
  • Vomiting more often with no hairballs involved
  • Swollen and bleeding gums
  • BAD BREATH

Fortunately, I believe the culprit in Pizzas’s case in the new Fancy Feast with gravy. He loves it so much he only eats his dry food when he is REALLY hungry ( or I am not home to open the can of wet food). I have always free fed dry food and supplemented it with wet. In his older age, he is getting pickier.

Although his stinky breath was the primary reason I started looking for answers. Pizza has no issues with his favorite Chicken Temptations Cat Treats, and I saw no visible mouth problems so I easily could rule out swollen or bleeding gums. I quickly also discovered that when my cat eats crunchies it helps to keep their mouth clean, and plaque at bay. With his lack of interest in kibble and added interest in gravy, but an obsessive love of treats, I turned to a brand I have heard about. Feline Greenies

Greenies for Pizza A Wandering Cat

Thankfully they are a hit! It took a day or two to really notice a difference, but now few Greenies, and a few Temptations he is happy and I am happy.

YES, Cats can have bad breath from not brushing too.

Dental hygiene is important for the overall health of your fuzzy feline. Veterinarians recommend you brush your cat’s teeth as often as daily to avoid a cat with stinky breath problems. It can be a challenge if your pet isn’t used to it, but with practice and patience, it can become an easy part of your bonding and routine together.

“Do not worry about brushing the tips or insides of the teeth unless your cat is very cooperative. Most periodontal damage occurs on the outer surfaces of the teeth and around the roots and this is where you should direct your efforts. The cat’s abrasive tongue tends to remove plaque from the inner surfaces of the teeth, reducing the need for brushing these surfaces.”

How to Brush your cats teeth – VCA Hospitals

There are other options like chew toys and treats to help keep their teeth in good shape and healthy. Like this one or a water additive like this one that helps reduce plaque.

Lastly, other reasons for bad breath

As pet parents we spend a lot of time with our cats literally ON us in our faces. So breath is something we obviously notice regularly. Although most likely there is a simple explanation, sometimes it is the first sign of something that needs to be investigated and may require a trip to the vet.

Sweet-smelling breath can be a sign of diabetes, Urine or ammonia smell is indicative of potential kidney disease, and a general bad smell accompanied by jaundice (or whites of eyes turning yellowish) can mean liver problems. Only a veterinarian can diagnose disease, and if any of these sound (or smell) familiar, it is best to get it checked out. A healthy cat is a happy cat or at least a less moody cat. A cat with pleasant breath is nicer to snuggle with, although we all know, even if a cat has got stinky breath, I know where he will be sleeping.

Can a Cat get Down syndrome?

The simple answer is no. Although there are genetic disorders that can mimic the appearance like Cerebellar hypoplasia (causes in utero by either severe malnourishment, a toxoplasmosis infection, or most commonly Feline panleukopenia.) In pets conditions that look like down syndrome or other retardation affects pets physically not developmentally as we think of down syndrome as humans.

What is Down Syndrome?

First of all, what is down syndrome? Simply put it is a genetic abnormality. In humans, it is defined by having extra or partial makeup of chromosome 21. A Cat has fewer chromosomes than we do, to begin with, so technically by definition, they can’t have down syndrome. Cats only have 19 chromosome pairs. However, they can have abnormalities that resemble the affliction.

Abnormalities in cats

However, cats can have genetic abnormalities that make them appear to have retardation or a “delaying or slowing the progress or development”.

Malformed faces

Eyes noticeably far apart

Small or misshaped ears

Small or misshapen head

Unusually flattened noses

Lack of coordination

Poor Muscle tone

Other less noticeable physical issues include lack of hearing, poor eyesight, or heart problems.

All of these issues are a result of genetics and form in utero. It is crucial if your cat is pregnant that her health is monitored for her and the health of her kittens. Many diseases causing these issues are preventable. For instance, Feline panleukopenia in cats is a common disease that can cause genetic abnormalities in kittens. It is both, highly contagious among felines, AND also preventable by vaccination.

Another culprit that can affect the development of kittens is exposure to toxic chemicals. Often a pregnant cat experiencing malnutrition can also cause developmental issues in kittens. Genetic issues are also evident in bad breeding practices.

If you suspect your cat or kitten has a genetic disease, it is best to get them checked out by a veterinarian. It is not always evident at first, however as your kitten matures sometimes issues become more clear your pet has special needs.

What can I do if my cat is special needs?

Most of the time, pets that show signs similar to down syndrome or other genetic issues can learn to adjust. It is amazing how cats and dogs can overcome disabilities. Just because a cat suffers from physical abnormalities doesn’t mean they can’t live a normal fun-filled active life.

Some issues do cause poor muscle tone or a predisposition to seizures, or other balance or coordination problems in cats. However, these are not contagious to other pets and with extra care can be managed.

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Can CDB be helpful to cats?

Like all cats and pets, a high-quality diet, and spending time together, help foster happy healthy cats. If there are balance, sight, or hearing issues, it may be necessary to have a safe place for your furry one to play where she can’t get hurt. Regular veterinary visits are important also. Although your furry one, can live a healthy life, sometimes genetic conditions may require more visits to the veterinarian. Fortunately, like for us humans, there is pet insurance. Many offer comprehensive coverages for both genetic conditions and aging pets.

Looking for pet insurance ? here is 10 best pet insurance companies

Can you read your cats body language What is he trying to tell you ?

Although a cat can not have down syndrome, it can have special needs that require dedicated pet parents. But there is no reason an animal with disabilities can’t live a long happy.

Pizza and me

Interesting reasons why my cat sits on me

Did you know cats are territorial? They also really like attention, despite their reputation for being “aloof” When my cat sits on me or snuggles up against me It certainly gets my attention. These are just a few ways cats show that you belong to THEM !

It happens everytime

My cat has this innate ability to know when I am in mid thought, ready to get the laptop open and write. I do have a bad bad habit of typing with my lap top in bed, I know that is not the best thing.

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Pizza and Me

I prop my pillows, snuggle with the blankets, find my glasses, my notes, and log in. Annndddd here he comes. somewhere in the few inches between my belly and the keyboard is the best place to curl up.

The second best place is the boob shelf.

I dozed off last night with this 11.5lb fur boy loudly purring, curled on my hip, like a wee little mountain goat. What a sight that must have been to onlookers, like the dog..

Why is my cat sitting on me?

It is fair to say my cat and I are bonded. All indications point to I am loved. Cats can be territorial and I am his. Snuggling, head bumps, grooming, purring, kneading, I get the full treatment. I am soft and comfortable and enjoy the company. Although not notorious for being “pack” animals like dogs are, cats do enjoy the company of others as well.

Even animals like to feel a sense of security. Cats, especially indoor cats, depend on us for everything. They know who to ask for their treats and who to remind when their bowl is too empty. We, as pet parents, are their keepers and offer love. What better way to show appreciation than to show vulnerability and affection, than a little snuggling? Animals are after all sentient beings as any cat owner can tell you.

” The definition of sentient is simply “able to perceive or feel things”. Today most of us would probably also say that animals are able to feel emotion, form attachments, and have distinct personalities. Yet for many decades the idea of animals feeling emotions or having personalities was dismissed by behavioral scientists. This strange view that arose from the 17th-century philosopher René Descartes’ alleged assertion that animals are without feelings, physical or emotional. Recent work has debunked this idea.

https://theconversation.com/heres-what-the-science-says-about-animal-sentience-88047

Even cats with a lot of fur love feeling warmth. A cat’s ( and dog’s) base temperature is higher than a human’s 100.2-102.5 and warmth from someone ( or somewhere) helps maintain their body temperature. Although you are probably the preferred way it is possible a cat’s affection for paper, plastic and boxes can also be because it helps them stay warm.

Why is my cat sitting on my laptop (again)

With a queen-sized bed available, a brand new cat bed, blankets, pillows, a special hideout space in the closet, as well as a window seat, inevitably still I find my fur-kid on the keyboard when I return to the bedroom. I can guess in part it is warm? and available? I have a different theory. OR…

Attention.. my cat loves attention.

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Pizza at work

The computer takes my attention away from him, and he knows it. If I catch him or WHEN I catch him, of course, he gets a petting and “a talking to”. It often also involved distracting him with a toy or a treat. He wins. It is fair to say I am encouraging bad kitty cat behavior, however, look at that little face! How could I say no?

Is it time for a new cat bed?

Obviously, there are several valid reasons a cat likes to sit and snuggle up with their pet owners. Sitting with my cat is a mutually beneficial and enjoyable experience. It s not just a practical exercise in keeping warm, but a sweet way for your cat to show their affection towards you. Additionally, science has shown petting and bonding with a cat can relieve stress for both of you. Although it is not always convenient, when there is office stuff to do, sometimes the little fur companions know just what you need.

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What To Look For When Choosing A Rescue Cat

Tips to consider in choosing a new cat or kitten


Getting or adopting a kitten from a rescue or shelter location can be an amazing and rewarding experience. There a a few important things to look for when choosing a rescue cat or kitten. Still, you should take a few considerations before setting out to find the kitten that you’ve wished for.
Number one, you need to decide how much time you should spend on your new family. Maybe you’re busy and need a kitten that requires a significant amount of care? Or, all you want is to open your heart more and take responsibility for adopting a special needs kitten that may have social or health issues, and may require extra time or financial resources to give your new love a shot at life?
It is admirable to rescue a neglected or abused kitten from a shelter. However, make sure you are ready for the engagement. Thus, to help you search for a new healthy kitten, keep in mind these seven signs of illness in a kitten. Again, these are not necessarily reasons to avoid a particular cat and be aware of the extra care the cat may require.

Seven important things to look for before choosing a rescue cat or kitten.

Weight: If the cat is skinny or if its ribs show, the kitten could be malnourished or sick. Conversely, an overweight cat may have been fed inappropriate food, and it may not be easy to convince him that he should eat a healthier diet. Guidance is needed to return the kitten to a healthy weight. Particularly for an overweight cat, a rapid weight loss can be dangerous. Also, if the kitten is thin, it may have worms. Medications can alleviate this condition.


Skin: Cuts or broken skin, matte or matted fur may indicate illness or neglect. Check for fleas (you may see small droppings on the surface or the skin). This can be corrected with medication, but a severe infestation can mean that the kitten is anemic, which can be a bigger problem.

Ears: If you have dirty ears or the kitten shakes its head frequently, this may be a sign of ear mites. While this can also be corrected, it often requires lengthy treatment.

Eyes: Eyes or runny nose may indicate illness or infection. The third eyelid, a semi-transparent protective sleeve that folds to the corners of the eyes closest to the nose (also called “haw”), should not be seen.

Mouth: Pale gums may indicate poor health, and redness or swelling of the gums may be an indicator of inflammation. Poor appearance or missing teeth can indicate neglect.

Respiratory: Any discharge or extreme dryness of the nose may indicate a problem. Any cough or shortness of breath can indicate a serious health problem.

Tail area: Moisture or the presence of fecal matter may suggest a disease.

It is important to have veterinarian look at and examine your new pet.


Schedule a new kitten exam and preventive care consultation as soon as possible. There are things your vet may notice that you don’t. Consider talking to your vet about microchipping or other methods of pet identification. Look for every opportunity to train your kitten into a relaxed, confident, friendly, caring and well-behaved family member. A healthy cat is a happy cat. When you look for your perfect rescue cat or kitten remember most common issues can be easily resolved. Even a healthy kitty will need your vet’s help to keep it that way.

In conclusion, it is important for you to always be on the lookout on these listed factors above if you want to choose a rescue cat, but these hints into full consideration. There are many places to begin your search. Try Adopt a pet website to find a shelter near you.