MEEEOW!


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Yes, another cat blog! 

I am sure plenty of you have a cat that seems as if it can never be quiet! I don't personally have a cat of that demeanor but, someone close to me does, and he is one vocal kitten! I'm serious, this cat, Tommy, is never quiet. Most of the time I am not even sure some of the noises he makes can be considered meows. For the months that Tommy has been around, we have wondered why this little kitten is so vocal so I decided to research it myself. 

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Typically, there are eight main reasons that a cat may be extremely vocal. According to this WebMD article, those eight reasons consist of illness, attention, hunger, greetings, loneliness, stress, old age, or their feeling for the need to breed. 






  • Illness: Many times as cats age they may experience painful diseases such as an overactive thyroids or even kidney diseases. 
  • Attention: Cats are very social creatures and enjoy having someone to play with. They may often initiate play or petting from their owner vocally.
  • Food: Cats are known to let you know when they are hungry. If your cat does become extremely vocal during feeding time, do not feed him/her until they are quiet. 
  • Greetings: Since cats are social animals, they may like to greet you whenever they see you. 
  • Lonely: If you are getting complaints about a noisy cat while you are away, your cat is probably just a bit lonely. Try to enrich your cats environment with new toys or a friend!
  • Stressed: Some cats become stressed and in return vocal when a new pet, baby, or living arrangement is introduced. 
  • Aging: Cats, similar to humans, can also gain mental disorientation with older age, leaving them confused for no reason. 
  • Need to Breed: If not neutered or spayed cats are known to meow when in heat or when they sense a cat in heat is near. 

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I examined the times in which Tommy seems to be the most vocal. I found that his most vocal time included the morning hours, during feeding times and when his owner arrives home from work. This makes perfect sense and leads me to believe that Tommy is a vocal kitty because he is one attention loving cat, as are most cats. I believe he is most vocal sue to the attention seeking, food, greetings and lonely factors. He is a young cat, not even a year, so the illness and aging factors are out of the question. He is also neutered which leaves out the need to breed idea and he has had no significant changes in his life so there is no way he is stressed. 

Do you have a cat that is extremely vocal? If so, which of the eight reasons do you believe cause it and why?  

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This was an interesting piece. I have two cats at home and one of them is certainly louder than the other one. I think for my cats, most of it has to do with their personalities. Just as humans like to converse and hear themselves talk, I think cats like to do the same as well.
One interesting thing to analyze could be if there are different pitches or sounds accompanied with the eight reasons. By examining the pitches we could have the opportunity to really know what our cats are feeling/thinking.
Imagine if we could study cat's meows like we do whale songs!

This was an interesting piece. I have two cats at home and one of them is certainly louder than the other one. I think for my cats, most of it has to do with their personalities. Just as humans like to converse and hear themselves talk, I think cats like to do the same as well.
One interesting thing to analyze could be if there are different pitches or sounds accompanied with the eight reasons. By examining the pitches we could have the opportunity to really know what our cats are feeling/thinking.
Imagine if we could study cat's meows like we do whale songs!

This is really interesting! I have a cat at home who happens to be very vocal. I have always assumed that when she is excessively meowing that she is hungry. I didn't know that there were an assortment of reasons behind it.

Did you also know that you can tell how your cat is feeling just by the way he is sitting? I found this interesting article http://www.humanesociety.org/news/magazines/2011/05-06/the_cats_meow_understanding.html that explains many behaviors of cats and what they mean.

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