I recently adopted a 2yo Ragdoll wont stop meowing from 4pm until we go to bed & he is shut in the laundry. Help!
I recently adopted a 2yo Ragdoll wont stop meowing from 4pm until we go to bed & he is shut in the laundry. He sleeps most of the day, but he paces around the house, upstairs downstairs, banging on the bedroom door and unable to be settled. He has access to our backyard all day/night too. I don't know what is wrong with him. Does anyone else have experience with this problem? He was desexed a week ago.
on Apr 29th 2012
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I can pick up on 2 possibilities from your question. Since he spends time outside, he may want to remain out there. Although being outside, especially at night, can be dangerous, it's intriguing and he wants to be out there. I wouldn't be too quick to make him an outside kitty, though as they tend to have short lives. I understand that Ragdolls are very social cats. If he spends times outside and then locked up on the laundry, he's lonely and needs social time with his people. He may miss his former family and fur siblings. He's also been through surgery which is traumatizing for a human let alone an animal. He sounds at odds with life right now.Start over with him. Spend time playing with him, grooming him, cuddling him, talking to him, etc. Don't shut him in the laundry room if you can help it. This obviously makes him unhappy and exacerbates the problem. Make him a part of your family and accept his quirks. Cats meow b/c they are trying to tell us something, Take the time to listen.
Izadore (Izzie) answered on 4/30/12. Helpful? / 1
Also, cats are crepuscular - they are most active at dawn and dusk, so his meowing for attention at these times is perfectly normal. It just doesn't fit with the human biorhythm. You need to play with him much more, and please don't shut him in the laundry room. Let him roam the house, but make sure he has lots of things to keep him occupied, like toys, cardboard boxes, a cat tree or two, scratching posts. This kind of enrichment is important for a mentally healthy pet.
Monster answered on 5/1/12. Helpful? / 0
I agree with the other answers. Cats are night animals by nature. Also he has been through a lot of stress and he is afraid you may not come back. Stress upsets cats a lot. He has gone through a lot lately and is nervous and unsure. You need to try and calm his fears down . You say he starts to meow at 4 pm, try to make this his feeding time, play with him,,, get his interest.. talk to him assure him... if he goes in and out this could create a problem, if they see or smell another cat it will make them pace and act out and cry out.. you may be better to limit his ability to go out. You say he was desexed a few weeks ago it can take a month or more for his hormonal system to settle down... give him time and patience.. I know it can drive you nuts when they are meowing, I use to do that, mom puts a baby gate up so I can be in the living room and not feel shut up. It helps me alot.
Azurine Ambrosia answered on 5/4/12. Helpful? / 0