My daughter has been catsitting for a friend since the major storm we had last month. The cat is less than a year old and is very verbal. She meows worse than a cat in heat and it is constant. The cat's owner rescued the cat from outside as a kitten. She also states that the cat meows all the time like this. They do not know what to do. We don't know what to do. The cat isn't able to return home due to weather damage and the home being a total loss. The family has been put up in some sort of housing that doesn't allow pets. So she will be here for probably a good six months or so till a new house is built. Any suggestions to stop my daughter from going meow crazy?
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Cat's meow for a reason.
#1 is she fixed and thus not in heat? That is important
#2 watch for triggers as to when the cat meows - wild cats are not "talkers". Meowing is something they gleam from humans as a way to get attention, food, affection, or other things.
Cats meow like this when there's a problem. Siamese breeds tend to be "talkers" but otherwise, your cat is probably stressed to the max.
WebMD does a great article: http://pets.webmd.com/cats/guide/cats-excessive-meowing
If the cat has food and water, you may want to consider taking her to the vet to check for illness. Is she fixed? Like OhioKimono said, being in heat triggers meowing.
There is something wrong with the cat when they meow like this. It's for a reason. Don't punish her for it, whatever you do, as that won't help anything.
She isn't fixed, the owner plans to, but hasn't. Plenty of food, water, and a clean litter box. My daughter will suggest to her a vet visit.
How long is a cat in heat for? This cat has been meowing for over a month continuously.
Until she's fixed, you are going to deal with a lot of meowing.
IMO - take her to one of the cheap spay and neuter clinics. With her not fixed your also going to start attracting males who will spray - and deal with her trying to get out to the males. Trust me, you dont want kittens on your hands.
Not spayed? There's your meowing issue.
If you need some short-term relief, you can try getting a man's naturally sweaty tee shirt (i.e. no deodorant) and lay it on the floor. I have seen cats respond to the ... uh, "essence of maleness" by rolling around and sniffing the armpit areas. That may keep her quiet for a little while.
From the information provided, it sounds like the move away from the cat's family and the move to the new home is a stress-inducing factor. Giving the cat more attention and affection might help, as might bringing in another cat as a companion. One caveat: as much as possible try not to give the cat attention immediately when it is meowing, as this can reinforce the behavior. Try to reward the cat with attention when not meowing, so that the cat will not associate meowing with getting what it wants.
My daughter has a cat and an Italian mastiff puppy. The dog and the meowing cat actually bonded very well. The only time the cat is quite is when it's sleeping.
Thanks everyone for your help. I will try the T-shirt and have the owner get the cat spayed.
Humane Ohio has low-cost spaying and neutering if money is an issue for your temporarily house-less friends.
I have seen cats respond to the ... uh, "essence of maleness" by rolling around and sniffing the armpit areas. That may keep her quiet for a little while
That's why my wife is so content, baby. Sweaty t-shirts and "essence of maleness"... :)
I can't keep her out of the laundry room...
We had a stray calico cat show up at our house about five years ago in October. You could tell she was abandoned because she was crying outside our door and even windows begging to come in. We left food for her, and when it started snowing, my neighbor decided to take her in. For the first year, the cat meowed constantly. I could hear it in the background every time I called my neighbor on the phone. She never seemed to stop. Then after a year, she stopped. My neighbor still has the cat. I think the cat was meowing, as others have posted, because she was stressed and scared. It took time for her to feel secure. She also was not fixed, so that may have contributed to the length of time before she stopped crying when my neighbor finally got her spayed. Good luck!
Ill put money on that getting the cat spayed will help a lot.
OhioKimono - You are right on. Get the cat spayed. She's miserable and frustrated. Unfair to the cat and not healthy. Humane Ohio is the best way to go here.
I understand the ouch when an unexpected vet bill drops in your lap. I've spent $600 plus in the last three weeks. An emergency tooth job on a dog, a gum infection in a cat and a skin disorder on a new pup that will need 2X wk treatments for about two months. Wow. The budget is mangled. These are all animals that receive regular preventative veterinary care. They just come up with "stuff" from time to time and this is one of those times I guess. Happens when you've got 3 pooches and two cats, ages 16 weeks to 13-1/2 yrs. The only meowing around here is me moaning over my wallet.
Good luck with this cat. Please try your best to her spayed.
Cant say enough about Humane Ohio. Good peeps.
Can't say enough about spaying your animals. Good practice!
If your going to have this cat for months on end, just get it spayed.
Humane Ohio are outstanding and receive top notch referral recommendations. they are affordable (sometimes as cheap as $20..that isnt even a tank of gas anymore).
Humane Ohio is an excellent organization! I've taken a stray there already and they are always willing to work with you. Their main goal is to spay and neuter strays and owned cats. A very noble cause. They also now have full-time veterinarians on staff. They are on a mission! I hope it helps. I'm sure she will not be mewing forever.
There is a particular veterinarian in Sylvania that is always criticizing Humane Ohio because they compete with him, which is really pathetic. I guess being open 24-7 isn't enough for him. Don't listen to anything this guy has to say. He's an ass! Humane Ohio knows he's doing this, too. Humane Ohio is a very noble organization and doesn't deserve such drivel from this egomaniacal butthead.
Thanks for the helpful tips everyone. I have had my cat and dog neutered through Humane Ohio. They were very helpful and if anyone in the 09 zip that has feral cats in their area, they have a grant to catch and spay/neuter. I do not have any around or near me, but if you know of anyone please share that information.