Kitten won't stop meowing

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Registered: 11-11-2012
Kitten won't stop meowing
Sun, 11-11-2012 - 4:34pm

We adopted a 12 week old kitten from a shelter. He is fully vetted and has a clean bill of health. However, he won't stop meowing. It usually occurs when HE leaves the room and at night. Other than that it is at random times. We have tried ignoring the behavior as not to enforce it and a spray bottle. Neither have been successful.

I assume he is doing it for attention, but one of us is usually home with him and when he is awake we play with him or pet him. When we can't, he has plenty of toys.

I'm not sure how to stop this very annoying behavior. Any advice?

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Registered: 05-22-2001
Sun, 11-11-2012 - 4:57pm
I dont really have advice, but I have had 3 different cats now that do the random meowing. At night, during the day...whatever. I like to think they are looking for one of us or the other cat we have, but Im probably wrong. How long have you had the kitten? For us, with each cat, all we have to do is call the cat and they usually stop.

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Registered: 07-02-1999
Mon, 11-12-2012 - 8:23am

Welcome to cats & kittens.

Congrats on the new kitten. It can be tough to make the adjustment. I wonder if he was part of a litter and this is the first time he has been alone (I know you are there, but not quite the same thing). He may be calling for his mom or siblings. You didn't say how long you have had him, so this may be part of it.

He may be bored.....cats have a cycle: chase, catch, kill, eat, groom, sleep. I recommend setting up a play session a couple of times per day. The second should be about an hour before you plan to go to bed. And wear him out..... then let him decompress a little and then feed him. That should help. But keep in mind too that kittens need lots more food and he may be wandering around in the middle of the night looking for a snack.

I also have one (my black cat Mozart) that likes to announce when he kills a toy. He will come marching down the hall, toy in his mouth, doing his battle cry until he gets to the bed, jumps up and gives me the toy. I didn't get it the first time until he showed up with the toy. Now it happens maybe once per week. I praise him for being the mighty hunter and he marches off all proud of himself. Fortunately, this doesn't happen at 2am. :)

Try to pay attention to the times he is doing it and what is going on around the house. You may discover a pattern to his behavior and that will help to change it. And keep in mind that cats take a little time to realize that people SLEEP in the dark....


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Registered: 03-24-2000
Mon, 11-12-2012 - 10:01am

Congratulations on the adoption of your new kitten.  Jeanne had some great suggestions and ideas for you.  I don't know how long you have had the kitten, but you have to realize that his little life has all changed and although cats and kittens adjust to things fairly well, it does take time.  He may have been with other cats or kittens and is looking for them.  He also may just be talkative.  Some cats are.  I had one that meowed quite a bit and it was just her personality.  We had gotten used to it and I didn't realize how much she meowed until she passed away.  Then it seemed so quiet in the house and we had to get used to the quietness.

You might try to play with him right before bed time with a fishing pole type toy or one that will make him run and jump a lot, then feed him a good meal.  Most of the time cats and kittens will sleep a long time after that.  It may take a few weeks to train him so don't give up.

Good luck and thanks for posting with us.


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Registered: 01-13-2010
Tue, 11-20-2012 - 5:21pm

  I also adopted a 10 week old kitten from a shelter a week ago, so congrats to both of us!  My kitty meowed all Saturday morning, but that was the first time he did that since we brought him home last Monday.  I told dh that he was probably punishing us for keeping him in our half bathroom all night.  We both work and don't want him wandering around at night until he gets bigger.  I had a cat who passed away a year and a half ago and know from experience I can't have a cat wandering into my bedroom at night and jumping on and off my bed and waking me up.  Dh and I agreed on that, but always close our bedroom door anyway, so kitty won't be able to join us at night even when we let him wander.  

I don't know as much about cats as others on here, but I would guess all cats are different and some just "talk" more than others, just like people.  :)