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A cat keeps meowing at my door at night, why is It doing this?

First, Determine Whether or Not Your Cat Is Sick

If you’ve had your cat at least a few months and your cat has always been in the habit of whining and crying at night, chances are your cat is not sick, but you should double check by paying a visit to the vet anyway.

A crying cat absolutely can be a sick cat; cats don’t really have other ways besides meowing and whining at us to tell us something is wrong, and obviously, it’s always better to be safe and sure than sorry. Cats typically don’t meow and cry unless something is really painful or incredibly obviously wrong to them (if they’re crying due to sickness or illness), so by the time your feline is at that stage, if there was an underlying condition causing pain, it’s important to act quickly to remedy it since it’s likely to have already progressed quite a bit.

When you take your cat to the vet, be sure to tell him or her about the nighttime crying, about any other symptoms you may have noticed, whether anything in your cat’s environment has changed (if you changed cat food, moved houses, adopted a new cat, anything like that). And only progress in terms of troubleshooting if your vet says health-wise, everything is a-okay.

Cat fine? Just took a visit to the vet recently to double check and absolutely nothing appeared to be wrong? Alright…

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Your Experiences with Cats Meowing at Night?

Have you ever had a cat who meowed and cried at night? Would it typically be throughout the whole night? During specific hours? Did you ever figure out why he or she was crying? Did you ever find a fix? What was it?

Have you got any advice for those struggling with this problem right now? Any words you may have for them could really help, both them and their cats, so please do leave any and all thoughts down in the comments below!

Meowing for Attention at Night

If your cat is active, curious, and loves to play, then they may be waking you up at night with their meows seeking your attention. Cats will do many things to get attention, including scratching at your bedroom door, pawing at you, bumping into you, flopping down on the floor in front of you and, of course, meowing. If your cat is crying for your attention while you’re trying to sleep, the best thing you can do in the moment is to ignore them. This is of course hard for some people, but if you give your cat attention while they are meowing for it, you will only be reinforcing the unwanted behavior. Even if you give your cat negative attention by yelling at it, you are still giving it attention. Earplugs may be your only solution until you can prevent the nightly meowing.

The next day, make sure you are wearing your cat out during the day by giving it toys to play with. Puzzle toys, feather wands, laser pointers, and battery powered chase toys are great solutions. There are even laser pointers on some pet cameras that can be controlled by you when you are away at work, so you can play with your cat even when you aren’t home. By exhausting your cat and giving it all the attention it needs during the day, it will be less likely to want to meow at night.

Meowing Because of Anxiety, Stress, Discomfort and Pain

Any health condition or situation that leads to anxiety, stress, discomfort or pain can make pet restless and more vocal than normal. Talk to your veterinarian if your cat develops behavioral changes or physical symptoms of illness that appear during the day or night.

Warnings

  • If you believe your cat may have a medical problem, take her to the vet immediately. Do not delay treatment. It is better to take her to the vet and learn that she needs more attention at home, for example, than to delay taking her in and run the risk that a potential medical condition may worsen.

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How do I teach my cat to stay quiet at night?

Just as with the question of “why”, there is no one-size-fits-all answer that applies to all cats with the question of why either. The reasons behind meowing at night are just as diverse as the means to prevent this late-night disruption. If you suspect one of the previously mentioned causes could apply to your cat, you’ve already managed the first step and can now try to take suitable countermeasures. Read in the following tips what these could be:

Stress or pain

If your cat begins meowing at night and it is out of character, it may be a sign that something else is wrong. Any changes in their health that cause pain or discomfort can make them feel anxious or restless and this can be more prevalent at night. 

Cats can develop anxiety as a result of stress, too. If you are in any way unsure and the behavioral change is sudden and unlike them, consult with your vet.

A way of communication

In principle, cats wish to communicate something to us by meowing. They do not do so because they simply like meowing or intend to disturb our sleep. For cats, meowing is a proven way of communicating with us humans. Whilst adult cats primarily communicate with each other via body language, meowing is reserved for dialogue between humans and cats. Cats soon learn that their owner is often rather slow when picking up physical signals and therefore choose sound to draw attention to themselves – similar to us humans with speech.

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