It's well past midnight, and you wake up at a loud shrill meowing of a cat. You get irritated because you're losing precious sleep and get out of the bed to look through the window as to which cat is meowing. And to your horror, you realize that your own cat is meowing away at night. The question that comes to your mind is, 'why is my cat meowing at night?'
Cats meowing away at night can be a probable sign of discomfort or some other possible irritation or a health issue with the cat. Basically, cats are nocturnal or night animals, and sometimes they get up to have their night time antics and ideocracies and, in the process, become vocal.
Meowing of your cat could disrupt your sleep and deny you of your much-needed rest. Thankfully, there are solutions to stop your cat from meowing.
But first, let us look at some of the reasons for the cats meowing at night –
1) Naughty Night Kitty
It's popularly believed that cats being nocturnal animals are naturally more active at night. However, cats are more active at dusk and dawn, making them crepuscular. When they are active during dawn or the early hours of the morning, and all the other members of the house are resting, the meowing of the cat disturbs them.
Nighttime meowing is typically seen in the younger cats as they instinctively come to know that it is the best time to hunt. As they grow and mature, they may get into the rest of the household's routine and hopefully will meow less at night.
2) Kitty struggles with anxiety issues
Sometimes your cat may be suffering from problems of anxiety and loneliness and needs extra assurance and a little more attention from you, especially during bedtime. They may want to play with you or want to be with you or sleep on a human bed to feel more relaxed, especially sleeping near the person the cat loves most. At such times the cats may get active during the night and start meowing to grab your attention.
3) Kitty is becoming a senior
Cats and humans are the same when it comes to aging. With aging, the cat shows disorientation in movement and CDS (cognitive dysfunction syndrome) and even night blindness, leading to meowing at night.
4) Cats facing Kidney or Thyroid troubles
There are all the chances that your Kitty may be suffering an overactive thyroid or a kidney disease that has excessive vocalization as one of its symptoms. As cats are naturally active at night time, their health issues may also be triggered, causing them to meow at night.
5) Feeling bored, Kitty?
Cats meowing at night may be telling you that they are bored, or their brains are not stimulated enough for the day. A cat needs to tire itself out during the day by keeping active and happy so that they can relax at night and meow less. Productive playtime just before your Kitty goes to bed will make sure that they get tired and rest through the night.
6) An outdoor Kitty
Cats who are playful and love outdoors during the day may find it difficult to remain indoors at night. This love for outdoors may be one of the reasons for the cats to meow because they may be feeling trapped.
However, a cat flap can be installed in the main entrance door to make them go out at night so that they can roam around and use their energy outside.
7) A yowling romantic Kitty
Nighttime is a busy time for cats. Cats can tend to be naughty but also romantic at night. Hey, it's not funny, and its furr-eal!! It is a natural process for the cats to make a loud and shrill screeching as well as yowling sounds during mating.
Better get your cat neutered, whether it is a male or a female, as it will help reducing the number of unwanted kittens and stop the meowing sounds at night.
A meowing cat? What are the solutions?
Here are some of the suggestions that can make your cat sleep through the night and past the early hours of the morning ensuring a good rest for you too –
- To ensure your Kitty's good health take her to a vet's office and get her checked for any physical or mental health issues
- Feed your cat a little late in the evening as this will make her feel full, satisfied and tired enough to sleep
- Try to keep your cat active as well as awake during most of the day
- Give a try to reset your cat's internal or external hunting timetable
- See to it that the cats routine of grooming feeding and playing is strictly followed
- Give ample attention to your cat by lapping her or patting her or spending some time with her
- Try to ignore any attention-grabbing behavior shown by your cat
- Try closing all the curtains and blinds of your home to obstruct any outside view so that your cat won't get excited enough to be involved in any such activities
Dear Kitty, can you please stop your mew-sic for a while to have a good night's sleep. That would be paw-some!!!
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