Imagine returning home after a difficult day. You retire to bed thankful, after feeding your cat, hoping to get all the rest your body needs. A few hours into your sleep, it begins – the yowling. You try to ignore it because you are too tired and need some sleep. But the noise intensifies. It sounds like your cat is crying agonizingly. You fight with yourself – do you get up to find out what is wrong? Do you try to sleep through it? Will it stop? What on earth is wrong with your cat? If you have gone through this experience, or you’re going through it at the moment, do not pull out your hair. You are not alone. Every cat owner has to deal with this at some point. But if that doesn’t help and you need answers, you have come to the right place. In this blog article, we will find out the reasons behind a cat meowing at night and what you can do about it. This will take a few minutes so you can go back to sleep…hopefully.
No Cause For Alarm
Should you be worried? No. It is perfectly natural for your cat to cry at night. There are several reasons for that. And we will go into those very shortly. Vocalization or yowling is one of the ways cats communicate with humans. Whether a cat is in pain, distress, hungry, wants something, or merely chattering away, it vocalizes. And the reason for that is obvious – cats do not speak. Well, at least they do not speak human language. The only way a cat can get the attention it wants is to meow, or try to distract you from work with other antics. But cats know that the most effective way is to cry out. Most people think that cats are nocturnal because they can sleep a lot during the day. But actually, cats are crepuscular. This means that they can be very active from dusk to dawn. So when dawn strikes, their natural instincts kick into full gear. So if there is something bothering its mind, be sure it will try to get your attention at that moment.
Why Do Cats Meow At Night?
First of all, do not freak out when your cat is yowling at night. It is completely normal for them. Cats can be heavy sleepers throughout the day. But if you have a cat crying at night, consider the following:
- New environment: Cats are comfortable in environments they are used to. They even establish routines, territory, and smells. New environments can knock them off their comfort zone and make them nervous. They can express their discomfort by crying at night. This also applies to kittens.
- Bored: This may sound crazy, but cats can get bored when everyone else is sleeping. This is especially true when they have been ignored throughout the day, or for a number of days. Cats need playtime and attention. When they do not get it often, they become depressed. A cat yowling at night may be a sign of depression or boredom or both.
- Hunger: Sometimes, humans get that kick in the stomach at midnight when we haven’t eaten much during the day. We find ourselves rushing to the kitchen to fix something quick. Cats get that kick too. And because they cannot make their own meals, they will meow you out of your bed.
- Pain: Your cat may be experiencing pain from an injury or illness you may not be aware of.
- Newly adopted: If you just adopted your new cat, chances are it could be feeling a little lonely in the new environment and could be longing for old friends.
- Stranger outside: Your cat will jowl if it notices another cat outside or a stranger.
How To Stop Your Cat From Yowling At Night
Now that you know the reasons why a cat may meow at night, it is time to find out what to do about it. Some solutions may depend on what precisely is bothering your cat.
- First of all, you need to visit a veterinarian to rule out injury-induced pain or illness.
- Stick to an old schedule: If you have moved into a new environment, take time to be attentive to your cat. Try as much as possible to stick to old routines that your cat may be used to. Also, spend a little time each day to pet your cat and reassure it that it is safe.
- Stick to feeding time: Do not change your cat’s feeding schedule. This may affect it. And always make sure that your cat is well fed before going to bed.
- Ensure that your cat is active during the day. Take time off to play with it. If you do not have enough time, get some toys for it to stimulate its mind and keep it busy. But always make sure to spend some time, no matter how little it is, to play with your cat. This will help prevent your cat from becoming depressed and bored at night.
- If you notice that your cat is meowing because it being distracted from outside, simply close all windows, curtains, or blinds.
The Bottom Line
Anytime your cat is meowing at night; there is something it wants to draw your attention to. Because humans do not understand cat language (that is, unless you are Dr. DoLittle), we can only rely on their body language and vocalizations. There are, however, some breeds of cats that just love to chatter with their humans. The Russian Blue cat, for example, loves to have conversations. But most cats yowl at night for specific reasons. In order to be able to narrow down the reasons and make it easier on yourself, always make sure you take care of the basic things.
- Play with your cat often: A happy cat feels less insecure, and, therefore, less depressed. Make sure it gets enough exercise during the day.
- Feed your cat properly. A cat is less likely to cry at night when it is not hungry.
- Keep it clean: Make sure its litter box is clean so that your cat would have no reason to wake you up because of a dirty litter box.
- Visit your veterinary often to conduct regular examinations on your cat. Your veterinarian will check for injuries and signs of illness.
In a nutshell, it is not uncommon for your cat to meow at night. But if you perform a simple troubleshoot and check out all the options provided you in this blog article, you will be enjoying another uninterrupted night of sleep sooner than you think. Now, try and go back to sleep.