Larry Gilliam | Jul 21, 2017 | 0
Why Is My Kitten Meowing Excessively?
Having a kitten in your arms is one of those amazing feelings. You get to pet that little ball of fur which will bring a lot of joy and scratches into your life.
However, some kittens just won’t stop meowing, and like any concerned pet owner, you’re probably wondering what’s happening with it?
First things first – If you’ve never been close to any kitten, then you might think that it’s meowing more than it should.
While that might be the case, some kittens simply love the sound of their voice, and they just love experimenting with different sounds.
Kittens can meow because of numerous reasons so let’s take a look at them.
Depending on the breed of your kitten, it might just be that it is feeling lonely and unprotected, especially if its mom is not around.
Cats and kittens often meow to initiate play and petting, but giving your kitten much-wanted attention when it’s meowing can actually be the single worst decision you can make.
If your kitty always gets what it wants by meowing, that will only encourage it.
To avoid having a loud cat in your home in the years to come only pet your cat when it is silent.
Some kittens meow whenever they’re hungry, and that’s perfectly normal.
However, you need to set some boundaries from the get go.
Only feed your kitten when it is time to feed it, and don’t respond to its meowing later.
There’s a big chance that your kitty will become vocal every time somebody goes near its food storage, but instruct your friends to ignore that behavior.
They might think that’s cruel, but if you don’t want your kitten to become obese and ill, this simply needs to be done.
Cats and kittens won’t ever drink water that’s been in a bowl for a long time. That might seem weird to you, but cats love fresh water.
The best thing that you can do for your kitten, in that case, is to get it a water fountain. That way your kitten will always have access to fresh water, and it will stop meowing every time it is thirsty.
If you’ve only recently adopted your kitten and it won’t stop meowing, that’s probably because of stress.
Cats and kittens love the feeling of security, and they love spending their time in places which they’re used to.
In this case, you need to give your kitten attention, and you need to make it feel comfortable and secure with you and in your home.
Getting some squeaky toys for your kitty, and making a bed out of your old clothes that smell of you can help the kitty adjust to its new home.
The worst case scenario is that your kitten is ill.
Nobody wants to hear it, but the truth is that kittens can be born ill or underweight.
That happens because of maternal malnutrition, infections, diseases, or any conditions that can result in poor placental blood flow.
There are also some other illnesses that commonly occur in kittens:
- Ear mites
- Intestinal parasites
- Respiratory infections
Ear mites are fairly common in kittens. If you notice that your kitten is meowing and that it has a black discharge in the ears – you’ve found what’s troubling it.
Here you can find the guide that will help you get rid of ear mites in kittens.
Intestinal parasites are almost unnoticeable, and the safest way to find out whether your kitten has them is to take its feces to your veterinarian.
Diarrhea is easily noticeable, and it can be a sign of many different problems. Usually, kittens have diarrhea because they’re separated too early from their litter, or just because they’re feeling stressed out. If diarrhea is short-lived, that’s not a problem, but if it’s not, and if it’s accompanied by constant meowing, visiting your vet should be the first thing to do.
Respiratory infections are easy to notice because they’re characterized by meowing, sneezing, runny eyes, and lack of appetite. Kittens with good nursing care can recuperate from these infections in a week, but if your kitten completely loses appetite and even stops meowing, take a trip to your vet.
Kittens meow and they always will. In a way, that’s great, because you always know where they are.
However, if your kitty is constantly meowing that’s probably a sign of a bigger problem and visiting your vet should be something that you should do.