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Excessive Meowing: What Should You Do?

Excessive Meowing: What Should You Do?

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Some cats are very quiet, and others, well not so much. They meow and they meow loudly and frequently, seemingly for no apparent reason. All cats meow, but some are a lot louder and meow more frequently than others. Some individual cats as well as some breeds are just more vocal than others. While Maine Coons and Persian cats are generally a quieter cat, the Orientals are well known for being loud mouths. So if your Persian suddenly starts meowing a lot, it may be reacting to a problem that needs to be attended to, while it is par for the course for a Siamese to be vocal.

The first thing you need to determine is whether or not there is a legitimate reason for your cat’s excessive meowing. The way that a cat will communicate to you that they are in discomfort is by meowing, so you should always investigate thoroughly before assuming that you just have a loud mouth cat. You can do this by running your hands along it’s body, looking for signs of discomfort as you touch different areas. Take a look inside their mouth, their ears, eyes, and look for any signs of infection or pain. Make sure their claws are trimmed. Untrimmed claws can grow so long as to become painful. If there’s any doubt at all about your cat’s health and comfort, take them to a veterinarian to make sure nothing is wrong.

If you find there are no health problems, the meowing is probably a behavior issue. They may be seeking extra attention. They may be hungry, bored, or just want to sit on your lap and get attention. There are two ways to deal with this behavior. You can give in to them and have a very spoiled cat that will continue to meow excessively because they know they will get attention, or you can ignore it. If they persist, you can put them in a room with some toys and their cat bed or blanket until they calm down. You need to be firm and consistent in your response when correcting undesired behavior.

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Can You Really Train a Cat?

In the never-ending debate over cats and dogs, a theory frequently advanced by the dog fraternity is that cats are impossible to train, and for this reason dogs are better per se. The attitude is that, because you can find guide dogs and sniffer dogs, while there are no cats employed in these sectors, that dogs are inherently more intelligent and more amenable to training. However, it is nothing more than invention to say that cats are too stupid to be trained, or so independent that they will not respond to training.

It is certainly possible to train a cat to a certain extent. Though the make-up of their character may be such that they will not ever become guide or sniffer animals, they are far from stupid and they can be trained. All that it requires is a modicum of patience and a firm hand. Oh, and some treats may be useful as well. Cats, like dogs – and even humans – will respond better to any kind of training if their performance within that training is suitably rewarded.

In fact, it is precisely because cats are not stupid that it is possible to train them. In the same way as human beings and indeed dogs, if you create the connection in a cat’s mind and instincts between good behavior and good reward, they will naturally behave better. Also like humans and dogs, cats have different levels of taking to training. This means that you need to persist, even if it seems that it’s never going to take.

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