How to Make Your Cat Stop Meowing

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Meowing is a normal response from cats, and it is usually a learned response from owners who frequently talk to their cats. Find out how a cat's meowing may be an indication that she is sick with help from a veterinarian in this free video on stopping cat meowing.

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Video Transcript

Hi. I'm Dr. Carrie Burhenn, and I'm a veterinarian at the Feline Medical Clinic in Vancouver, Washington. I'm here today to give you a little information about how to stop your cat from meowing. Now, meowing is a normal response from cats. And actually, it is a learned response. There was a study a few years ago that actually showed that cats who were talked to by their owners talk more in return, because they're actually literally trained by their owners to respond in this fashion. And it's usually quite a pleasant response. You can have a whole conversation with your cat this way. But meowing, if it is at an inconvenient time, especially if it's the middle of the night and the cat is calling out and howling, this may actually be an indication the cat may not feel well or have an underlying illness. And it should be examined, especially if you're seeing a change in the cat's behavior or its vocalizations seem to indicate the cat is in distress. Sometimes the cat will simply call out, because it's trying to locate its owner and wants to find out where you are. So again, meowing can be a normal response that's actually conversational in nature, and this is normal. Although, it can be irritating if you're on the phone at the same time. But again, it can also indicate the cat may have an underlying illness. And if the cat seems in distress, it's calling out in the middle of the night, or that you actually see changes in the cat's vocalization patterns that seem to indicate it is not acting normally, it should be examined by a veterinarian to make sure there isn't a more serious problem underfoot.


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