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Do Cats Get Tired of Meowing? Interesting Facts to Know

Written by: Ashley Bates

Last Updated on May 10, 2024 by Nicole Cosgrove

Do Cats Get Tired of Meowing? Interesting Facts to Know

Some cats are all mouth—meowing, meowing, meowing. Do they ever get sick of it? Well, if they do, they probably would just stop, right? After all, doesn’t everyone get sick of hearing themselves after a while?

Your cat getting tired of meowing will depend greatly on how much they meow and why they are meowing. Some cats barely vocalize, while others are quite talkative. With those Chatty Cathys, you might be sick of it, but it doesn’t really sound like they are, does it? Let’s learn more about kitty behaviors!

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Cats and Their Meow

Many kitties are vocal about one thing or another—whether it’s when they get hungry or want extra attention. They use it as a method of communication with their humans—and maybe it’s because we’re talking all the time!

Meowing isn’t all cats accomplish! They have a series of different vocalizations that match their mood: growling, chirping, hissing, yowling—you name it. Each one has its own special meaning. So, it’s safe to say that if a cat ever got sick of meowing, they have tons of vocal exercises to try out instead!

Do Cats Get Tired of Meowing?

Cats can indeed get bored with meowing, especially if they are just meowing to try to get attention from you. They may eventually lose interest in whatever they’re meowing about.

However, some cats may meow for longer in an attempt to force you to pay attention to them. How quickly a cat gets tired of meowing depends on the individual cat and the reason they are meowing.

Let’s look at some reasons why cats meow so that you can understand your cat better and give them the attention and care that they want, as well as when their meowing might be more urgent.

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Why Do Cats Meow?

Cats can essentially meow for whatever reason they want. Usually, it’s to initiate play or strike up an interaction. They might also be tattling on another animal in the home or begging you to rescue them from the crazy kiddos running around. Here are some details in depth!

1. Greeting

Cats will meow when greeting someone. It’s their own kitty way of saying, “Hello. How are you today? Please pet my back.” They hear you call them by their name, talk to them, and make various noises—it’s only natural that they would want to return the salutations.

2. Communicating

Our cats can’t talk to us the way we wish they could, but they can tell us a lot by verbal cues and body language alone. They can display various emotions, wants, or needs by meowing.

3. Attention-Seeking

If the meowing is combined with rubbing, bunting, climbing, and kneading you, they might immediately demand your attention!

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4. Wanting Food

We all know that cats are bottomless pits! If you let the food bowl get empty, you’ve already made one mistake—and you’ll hear about it! Sometimes, folks have to portion control their cat’s food to ensure they aren’t overeating.

Other cats are fine eating at their leisure with an ever-flowing food source. They don’t have trouble with portion control and can be trusted with an endless buffet—but most kitties will take full advantage and eat, eat, eat!

5. Mating

If your cat is in heat or searching for a mate, meowing (along with some other otherworldly sounds) can happen, and it can happen often! A cat in heat might be one of the most mind-numbing, nails-across-a-chalkboard experiences.

To curb all of those behavioral problems in males and females, getting your cat fixed before they turn 6 months of age is important. Cats can go into heat for the first time anywhere between 4 and 6 months old.

It is advised to get them fixed before they reach sexual maturity to avoid annoying behaviors such as spraying, aggression, and a laundry list of other problems that occur.

6. Confusion

As cats age, things may not be as clear to them as they once were. Don’t let this dishearten you. Listening to hour-long meowing sessions might be annoying, but you can find creative ways to curb the behavior—even if it means separating yourself from the problem altogether.

Cats can get dementia just like humans can. Cats begin to decline around 10 to 15 years old, meaning this is the timeline of dementia flares. Confusion is an obvious sign.

Other signs of dementia can include:
  • Disorientation
  • Different sleep patterns
  • Appetite loss
  • Eliminating outside of the litter box
  • Excess meowing

If your cat has dementia, make sure you keep their environment as unchanged as possible and make all necessities easily accessible. It’s important to discuss with your veterinarian how to handle dementia in your cat if you notice the signs.

7. Illness

Your cat just might be ill, and you haven’t really picked up on the other cues yet. Many issues involving pain can be associated with meowing in your cat. Examples include hyperthyroidism, kidney disease, and even arthritis.

If you haven’t mulled over sickness as a culprit yet, you may want to consider other visual symptomatic displays. Are they more lethargic than usual? Does their personality seem affected? Are they peeing or pooping too much or too little?

These are all important factors if you want to get to the bottom of a problem. Always consult your vet immediately if you suspect they are in poor health.

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Feral Cats vs. Domestic Cats: Why Is Meowing Different?

As a cat lover, this is interesting. Did you know that feral cats that never had human interaction don’t meow? That’s right! Feral cats don’t communicate in this way, and it can be a telltale sign if you find a lost kitty—are they wild or tame?

If they follow you around meowing, they very likely belonged to someone at some point. Or, they may have had close interactions with people throughout their lives.

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So, now you can understand a little bit more about cats and why they meow. They can drone all day for a variety of reasons and most of the time it is no cause for concern. But, of course, most of the time isn’t every time so it’s important to note changes in behavior.

If you feel like meowing is becoming problematic, a vet visit might be the next thing on your to-do list.

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