Excessive Vocalization in Cats

Do you have a kitty that always seems to be meowing? While all cats will meow from time to time, some felines tend to be more vocal than others. The amount your cat vocalizes is partially related to its personality, but may also be tied to its breed as well. The reality is that some breeds tend to be more talkative than others. Oriental breeds, for example, are generally the most vocal of all cat breeds while Maine coons and Persians are usually less talkative. But, whether your kitty tends to be quiet or loud, it is certainly trying to tell you something each time it makes a sound.

Understanding Kitty Language

Cats make many sounds in addition to the basic meow, and each of these sounds has a different meaning. If your kitty is feeling aggressive, for example, it may hiss, growl, spit and shriek. If it is feeling happy and content, on the other hand, your kitty may purr or even make little squeaks of pleasure. In some cases, however, a cat may actually hypervocalize, which is a condition that involves excessively meowing or vocalizing. Of course, determining what is "excessive" will vary from one cat to the next, as a cat who normally meows on a frequent basis may not be hypervocalizing. Therefore, it is important to be familiar with your kitty's personality and usual noise level in order to determine whether or not its vocalization is excessive.

Recognizing Hypervocalization

Recognizing hypervocalization in a cat is usually pretty simple for owners who are familiar with their pets. For example, your cat may meow more loudly than usual or may meow more frequently. In fact, the meowing can be so troublesome that it may even make it difficult for you to sleep at night.

Although hypervocalization can be frustrating for cat owners, it is important to realize that cats usually hypervocalize because they have a need for attention or because they have an excessive amount of energy that needs to be released. A cat may also hypervocalize if it is feeling anxiety, aggression, fear or pain. In fact, hypervocalization can be a sign that your pet is suffering from some sort of illness, such as a brain tumor, hyperthyroidism or feline hyperesthesia.

Putting an End to Excessive Vocalization

Since your cat may vocalize excessively because of a medical issue, it is worthwhile to consult with your veterinarian in order to rule out potential medical problems in order to put an end to hypervocalization. You should also try to determine if there is anything that could possibly be causing frustration or anxiety for your cat. Something as simple as moving your kitty's food dish or litter box to a different location may be enough to cause stress and hypervocalization. If you have recently introduced a new cat to the household or if an outdoor cat is spending time outside your house and taunting your cat, it may lead to anxiety that spurs the excessive vocalization.

By taking the time to determine what is bothering your feline friend and by correcting the problem, you and your pet will both be much happier!