Do you find that your cat is meowing more excessively than ever before? And how do we stop cats from meowing which seems to be the only way to express their needs to us?
When we hear a cat meowing, what is the first thing that comes to your mind?
Your cat is hungry! Well, that would be the wrong answer in most cases!
Excessive meowing for your cat can mean a number of things. Are they having discomfort, medical problems, are they bored, or does your cat want to spend time with you. Of course, they could be hungry or have learned this habit. The golden rule is: 'When the cat is verbalizing, ignore them. When they are quiet, reward them.' Your cat will know this is a good behavior. Giving in when your cat is meowing will further accelerate bad behavior and create uneasy relationship for both cat and owner.
To start your training, first, you will need to get your cat to learn when it is appropriate to meow, when they really need something. A content cat will find many things to occupied it self with. This will mean your cat will do less meowing.
A good thing to remember about your cat, they will not exercise by themselves. Set up a playtime and area to spend with your cat. Strings, ball, catnip items, or simple home made items that your cat will love. This will help develop a good behavior, for the times that you are away, busy or do not have time to spend with your cat. Make sure the time you spend with your cat is around the same time of day. A good time is when you come home from work or your busy day that you will want to relax. It is known that cats can help ones blood pressure and help you to relax.
Purring is a way a cat is telling you they maybe content. Nevertheless, beware not all purring at times are good purrs. Cats will purr if they are ill, sick, or dying. Pay close attention to your cat if it is purring your cat can use purring as a warning when sick; to let other animals know they are a threat to them.
If your cat stops purring another thing you will want to be concerned is your cat may be sick with a virus or some other thing could be wrong. This is the time that you should be seeking a veterinarian to have your cat examined for any thing that may be wrong with your cat. In some cases, when cats get older they may stop purring or maybe the purring is so soft that you are unable to hear them purr.
Emotions can also be part of a behavior in your cat. In many cases, we are unable to recognize emotions Fear, grief, compassion, jealousy, just to name a few. These emotions are real to us and real to your cat fear of hurt or maybe intimated by another animal. Grief, if a cat loses it owner they will grief just as we do losing a love one. Compassion, cats have compassion of other cats. Jealousy if your cat has to start sharing owner, home, toys, eating and watering dishes. Here are some things that we need to take in consideration when trying to train a cat. Emotions with these emotions you will not be able to train your cat. Emotions will also cause a cat to have excessive meowing, that you will not be able to train.
To summarize, we have to remember that we are partly the reason for meowing habits, if we every time respond to their meowing. Other times we have to consider whether they are hurt or ill? Are we giving the proper attention that a cat's needs? Do we give enough attention to cat's emotions: Are they satisfied with where they are, whom they are with, and what they are doing? Training a cat is not easy, it does take time and patience, just like children we need to teach them the good behavior and ignore the bad ones.
Remember to always reward your cat today for being diligent. Take time with your cat and teach them how to play with toys and items that they are allowed to play with. Feed them with healthy snacks and food to spike their happiness as a reward. Get toys that they want to play with and learn to play together with your cat.
However, most of all be kind and hug your cat today.