Constant Meowing

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Constant Meowing
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Sat, 10-26-2013 - 2:03pm

Ari is driving us all us all nuts!  He just walks around yelling about:

a.) Wanting to go outside.

I let him outside when I have a chance to supervise.  It's usually at least once a day for 15-30 minutes depending on how he behaves.  Sometimes if he's being good and chilling within the fenced in yard it's a lot longer.  Then of course if it's dark, or I have things to do inside and can't watch him he meows at the door non-stop.

b.) To get food other than his cat food.

This is more recent and completely out of no where.  He's never shown any distain for his kibble, and was always excited when I'd pour it into the bowl.  Recently, he's had no interest.  He wants to eat everything besides it.  He screams by the closet where his treats are kept.  He tries to eat the dog's kibble (which is pretty much a less fatty verison of his food, so I can't understand why he'd like that more.)  He climbs up on the counter and licks the oil out of the iron skillets.  He pulled a bag of hamburger buns off of the counter and took a bite out of one.  It's madness!  I assume that he has to be eating a little bit of kibble, because he's shown lack of interest in it for a least a week now, and he's still chipper and full of energy.  He's getting nourishment from somewhere.  It's hard to tell since both cats share two bowls, and I'm fairly confident that Mia is eating normally.  I have definitely been refilling the bowls less frequently though.  I'm going to buy Ari some soft cat food today, because I know he loves that and at least maybe it will fill him up enough that he won't be begging for human food all of the time.  How much is too much soft cat food for me to give him?  He's super skinny (8 lbs, and he almost two pounds since last year.  The vet wasn't worried though, since he seems completely healthy.)  

Thanks for reading, and in advance for any advice you may have for getting him to calm down(!!!)

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Registered: 03-24-2000
In reply to: lcni
Sat, 11-02-2013 - 10:18am

That's good that the Ari's meowing is getting better.  It sounds like he's liking people food a lot. 

You could probably feed Ari a good half can twice a day.  If he's underweight then you could give him more.

 

 

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Sat, 11-02-2013 - 2:34am
It depends on the size of the cat, but even my dd's 8lb cat eats 1 can/day
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Registered: 07-02-1999
Thu, 10-31-2013 - 8:49am
If you are going to let him out, consider a leash/harness so that he can't get too far without you. Or maybe if possible build a small catio where he can hang out and be safe. As for can food, depends on the size of the can. Most have a suggestion on the side of the can.
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Wed, 10-30-2013 - 9:16am

Thanks, ladies.

I think that he has maybe calmed down a little.  He still gets really excited at any human food activity in the kitchen, but the meowing has lessened.  My husband has admitted to giving him chicken twice in a few days.  We had never given him human food before, but my brother and law lived here for a while a few years ago and he did a few times.  I don't remember Ari freaking out about it then.  

The meowing to go outside is my fault for letting him outside.  It's hard to keep him in though, because he enjoys it so much.  I'm sure to a degree the fresh air is good for him too.   He does send a lot of time in the windows.  

All in all though, the soft food has been helping.  With this cold weather, he's actually been snuggling us more, which he never ever does!  How much soft food should I be giving him though?  I've been giving him a third of a can per day.  He's also eating the hard food too now and then.

Thanks again!!!

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Registered: 06-16-1998
Tue, 10-29-2013 - 1:35pm

How's it going? Has the meowing lessened since you started giving him canned food? Maybe he was just hungry?

If one of the reasons to let your cat out is for the grass, you can buy him a little container of cat grass at the pet store or wheat grass at the health food store. If he likes it you can grow your own cat grass from seed for a fraction of the cost. 

Does he spend a lot of time at the windows? Maybe he wants to go out to hunt? I've noticed that Coco is a little more active and alert in the past couple of weeks. The weather is cooling down, but I think its at least partly because there's more activity outside with birds and squirrels looking for food. She's spending more time watching all of that and less time asleep.

Funny that after 3+ years in your home his behavior changed so suddenly. 

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Registered: 03-24-2000
In reply to: lcni
Tue, 10-29-2013 - 12:28pm

It sounds like you got him eating better giving him the Friskies canned food.  Honestly any canned is better than dry for cats, but tell our cats that! I have a couple that won't touch canned.  My cats prefer Friskies or 9 Lives over any of the more expensive canned food.

You may have created  his hollering because he wants out.  I leash trained a couple of my cats years ago and they drove me crazy wanting out.  A lot of the time it just wan't convienent for me to take them out.   I quit taking them out on the leash.  It took a couple of weeks, but they settled down.  They did try to escape a lot so I had to keep a squirt gun by the door to discourage that.   It could be the change in weather too.  Cats seem to be affected by it sometimes.  I think the younger ones more so for some reason.

Hopefully he will settle down and act more like himself.

 

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Mon, 10-28-2013 - 12:00am

Well, it's not like giving a kid candy.  It's like letting a kid play outside.  They stay safe if they're in the house, but his joy in life is running around the yard and eating grass.   I love him and want him to be happy while staying safe.  So, I let him in the back yard with supervision.  

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Sun, 10-27-2013 - 11:39pm
Actually, most of the expensive brands have a lot of carbs in them. They may be "grain-free", but avocados, blueberries and sweet potatoes are all carbs! That's why we settled on the Friskies. I also think you should NOT let him out at all. Letting him out is like giving candy to a kid. Of course he loves it, especially because he might have been out in the wild before he came to the shelter. And he will want it more and more.
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Sun, 10-27-2013 - 7:00pm

I bought him some Friskies soft food today.  I stood there in the cat food aisle at the grocery store comparing brands.  They're pretty much all the same.  I know that the fancy independant pet store that we go for treats and kibble has the good stuff, but it's soooo expensive.  I just gave him some Friskies soft food, and he went nuts.  I feel like I created more of a monster now, because he's begging for more of it.  I gave him a third of a pretty big can.

I do need to try to play with him more.  He has a doggie sister and a kitty sister competing for play time.  They actually bring toys to my lap asking to play.  Ari never does that, but he does play a bunch by himself.  

Thankfully he's not acting at all agressive towards Mia.  Mia seems completely sweet and innocent, but she's definitely in charge around here!  

Hopefully you're right about it just being the weather changing.  Maybe when winter comes he'll hibernate and calm down.  I've barely seen him sleep the past couple of weeks!  

Thanks!  

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Sun, 10-27-2013 - 3:01pm

Another thought...  Since it seems your cat does go outdoors, have you checked him for parasites--both external AND internal??  Ticks are TERRIBLE this year, and there always seem to be one or two resistant to ALL topicals.  Your cat may be sporting some, or have contracted something from a bite.   Worms are a constant problem.  Any cat who goes outdoors is at risk for parasites, and should be routinly tested and inspected. 

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