Is there anything more adorable than a cat? From their sweet little whiskers to their perfect, pointy ears, any cat owner will tell you that cats are some of the sweetest creatures on Earth. And just like any other person or creature, every cat has her own unique personality. Some are quiet and reserved, while others can be playful, daring, or even chatty.

 

But if your cat can be a bit too talkative at times, you may begin to worry about his or her health. In this post from the pet care team at Normandale Veterinary Hospital in Edina, MN, we’re exploring why some cats meow much more than others and what it can mean for their health. To schedule your next veterinary care appointment, give us a call or message us online.

Most Common Types of Cat Vocalizations

Did you know that cats have a whole range of vocalizations and sounds that they make to communicate with their pet owners? Once they are grown, cats tend to only meow when communicating with humans. The types of sounds they make can say a lot about their health and their personality. And just like humans, cats tend to raise their voices when they’re feeling more emotional or urgent.

 

These are just some of the more common sounds your feline friend might make:

 

●        Purring

●        Meowing

●        Trilling

●        Caterwauling (mating sounds)

●        Yowling

●        Hissing

●        Screaming

●        Chirping

●        Chattering

What to Do When Your Cat is a Chatterbox

If your cat isn’t typically super talkative and has recently become Chatty Cathy, it’s important to rule out any health-related reasons for her recent gift of gab. This is especially true if she’s making especially loud sounds or yowling. It’s never a bad idea to schedule a complete check-up and make sure your cat has a clean bill of health.

 

However, once your vet has signed off on your cat’s health, if she’s still got a lot to say, it could be that she’s feeling bored or needy. Here are a few things you should do to help her find a more zen outlook on life:

1.    Reinforce Calm Behavior.

If your cat learns to associate attention, treats, or play with meowing, she’s only going to do it more. Never respond to her chatty behavior with anything that could reinforce it. Instead, wait until she’s quiet and calm to feed or pet her. She’ll eventually learn this is the way to act if she wants attention or treats.

2.    Never Punish Your Cat.

Resist the urge to punish your cat. Punishment doesn’t really work as a behavior deterrent for cats, but it can cause her to distrust or even fear you, leading to more serious behavior problems.

3.    Make Sure She’s Getting Enough Exercise.

Some cats can end up making noise or getting into trouble because they’re just not getting enough exercise or stimulation. This is especially true for younger cats and kittens. Try giving your cat a toy or spending time playing with her each day and see if it helps.

Schedule Your Veterinarian Appointment at Normandale

The first step to a healthy cat is scheduling regular veterinary care checkups. To connect with a veterinarian at Normandale Veterinary Hospital, give us a call at 952-831-8272 or contact us online today.