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I Just Adopted a Cat and It Won’t Stop Meowing (Vet Reviewed Causes)

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Last Updated on November 16, 2023 by Christian Adams

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Adopting a cat is an overwhelming experience. You get a new family member who will always comfort you in your ups and downs. However, new cats sometimes meow all night, leaving you frustrated about what to do next. If you are a new cat parent, things can even be challenging for you.

It’s normal for a newly adopted cat to meow for different reasons. For example, they find it hard to adjust to a new environment, need attention, want something to eat or have health issues.

Constant meowing naturally stops as the cat becomes accustomed to the new environment. However, if your furry friend seems to meow for a long time, you must take them to a vet as soon as possible.

There is much to learn about your newly adopted cat to stop their constant meowing. Let’s discover everything about this behavior of your new family member.

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Why Do Adopted Cats Meow Constantly?

Cats communicate their feelings and emotions with vocalization and physical behavior. Meowing is the cat’s general way of conveying its needs for different things, including water, food, toys, or its owner’s attention.

Here are some common reasons your adopted cat won’t stop meowing:

1. Trying to Adjust to a New Environment

Cats meow continuously when trying to settle into a new environment. They do it when feeling lonely and scared of unfamiliar people and surroundings. Like humans, cats also need a significant amount of time to fit into a new home and become accustomed to this change.

So, if you find your cat meows all night, know that it is just trying to adjust to its new home. In fact, cats are super sensitive, so they don’t like changes in their routine. It puts them in discomfort.

It’s also believed that young cats meow more than adults, particularly those taken from litter. They try to communicate with their missing family members through meowing.

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2. Calling for Your Attention

Cats vocalize to grab their owner’s attention. Newly adopted cats require more care to adjust to their new surroundings quickly. When you leave them alone, they tend to meow continuously to get your attention. So, the best way to stop your cat from meowing is to be attentive around them and play with them more often.

3. They Are Hungry

Hungry cats frequently meow to tell their owners it’s time for feeding. It’s possible that they only meow when you enter the kitchen or go near their food. If that is the case, your cat is likely meowing to ask for something to eat.

Some hungry cats also meow to order their owners to stand up and make food. When you serve them their meal, they instantly become quiet and get busy eating their favorite food.

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4. Asking for Admission

Cats also meow to ask their owners to enter or exit any place. Since these furry animals are independent, they don’t like to stay confined in a particular space. They love exploring new things with their curious minds.

If your cat meows frequently, it is probably normal, as it is just trying to adjust to new surroundings. Of course, there is no other way for cats to communicate with humans other than meowing. So, consider their meowing as permission to enter or exit a room.

Remember, the intensity of meowing varies from breed to breed. This means your cat may meow more than your friend’s pet, so don’t panic if this happens.

5. Your Pet Is Anxious

Cats also meow when they are stressed or afraid. Many factors make a cat anxious, such as moving into a different house, living in another bed, or having new owners. All these things put the cat under tremendous stress, forcing the animal to express its fears through continuous meowing. All they want is your reassurance and to feel safe!

Your cat can also become stressed when left alone for more extended periods. They instantly get bored and want something to channel their energy out. When cats don’t find something for their mental stimulation, they become uncomfortable and highly vocal.

Restlessness also makes your cat meow continuously. So, while they are independent, they need something to stay occupied.

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6. Ready for Mating

Meowing is common in unspayed cats, especially during mating season. Like every other living being, cats also have sexual desires when turning into an adult. Unneutered or unspayed cats yowl or meow to attract males.

If you don’t want your cat to reproduce, you can neuter them to manage this behavior. Not only birth control, but spaying your cat also makes their life a lot healthier. Your cat will automatically stop yowling or meowing at night, giving you peace of mind.

7. Needing Medical Attention

Sometimes, constant meowing doesn’t mean the cat needs food or feels lonely. Instead, cats also meow frequently when they are in pain or discomfort due to serious health issues. Unfortunately, cats are susceptible to multiple problems as they grow older.

Some common health conditions in cats include hyperthyroidism, eye injuries, and kidney diseases. All these issues affect cats from a very young age, making them meow all night. In bowel-related conditions, cats become super thirsty. When they don’t get enough water, they meow excessively.

If you struggle to find the root cause of your cat’s constant meowing, take them to a vet as soon as possible. The professional will run several tests to diagnose any underlying health issues in your cat.

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How to Stop Your Cat From Meowing All the Time

Some cats are more vocal than others. For instance, if you have a Siamese cat, it will likely meow more than a Persian one. So, you may experience your cat meowing more frequently than your neighbor’s cat.

As a pet owner, you must know when your cat needs your attention and when it’s angry or happy. The key is identifying the difference in the pitch of your cat’s meowing. Here are some practical ways you can try to stop your cat from meowing all the time:

1. Don’t Pay Attention to Your Cat’s Constant Meowing

You can stop your cat from meowing excessively by showing them that you are displeased by this behavior. Don’t reward your cat whenever you find them meowing. You can also try not to play with them or provide them with food until they become silent.

Repeat this response every time you find your cat meowing. Remember, this method will only work for some cats since the reason behind excessive meowing varies from individual to individual. So, if your cat doesn’t become quiet, you should try other methods.

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2. Take Care of Your Cat’s Needs

You should take out some time in your day and ensure that you have met your cat’s basic needs. This includes providing them with on-time meals, clean water, a comfortable place to sit, playtime, and enough appreciation.

Some cats also need interactive toys to stay active. You should also put a clean little box near your cat’s living area. If you still find your cat meowing excessively, move on to the next method.

3. Don’t Change Your Cat’s Routine

Cats don’t like sudden changes in their daily routine. But if a change is inevitable, you should try calming your cat down with lots of mental and physical exercises. Never bring a sudden change in your cat’s routine, or it may provoke them to act unusually.

However, your cat may take a few weeks to completely adapt to this new change. So, focus on your cat’s unique surroundings and see if a rat or a stray cat annoys your pet. If so, get rid of them as soon as possible before your cat starts meowing.

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4. Provide Enough Stimulation

Cats love to hunt in the morning and evening because they are super energetic during these hours. This is also the cat with the indoor cats. Like outdoor cats, they also want to channel their energy into exercising and playing.

Therefore, you can use interactive toys and food cubes to motivate your cat to play. You can also use catnip to keep them stimulated throughout the day. This way, they don’t get bored enough to think about meowing.

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Meowing is normal for a newly adopted cat. Some cats meow excessively to show their stress and fears, while others do so just because they are hungry. Generally, frequent meowing means that the cat is trying to adjust to the new environment.

However, this behavior can also mean the cat is in pain or discomfort. So, if your furry friend keeps meowing even after implementing the above methods, take them to a vet as soon as possible. Remember, early intervention from a professional is better for your cat’s health.

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About the Author

Christian Adams
Christian Adams
Christian is the Editor-in-Chief of Excited Cats and one of its original and primary contributors. A lifelong cat lover, now based in South East Asia, Christian and his wife are the proud parents of an 11-year-old son and four rescue cats: Trixie, Chloe, Sparky, and Chopper.

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