Why do cats often meow at night?

Why do cats often meow at night?

Meowing is one of the many ways cats communicate with us. While meows are often very useful to understand how your cat is feeling, excessive meowing at night can be frustrating. This article will explain:

  • Why cats meow at night
  • What you can do to stop your cat from meowing at night
  • What other pet parents are asking about cats meowing

Why do cats meow at night?

Night time and early mornings are the most common times for cats to be active. This is because cats are crepuscular (i.e. naturally programmed to explore at dusk and dawn). With this in mind, there are a few reasons cats will meow excessively at night:

  • There is an underlying medical condition.
  • They are bored.
  • They need something (e.g. food or water).
  • They are seeking attention.

Can you get your cat to stop meowing so much at night?

To help deter your cat from excessively meowing while you’re trying to sleep:

  • Schedule playtime 2-3 times per day at the times your cat is most active. This means big playtime when your cat wakes up, and a couple more at the end of the day right before you go to bed.
  • Go to bed and play at the same time each day. Routine can be extremely helpful to get your cat on your sleep schedule.
  • Continue to offer your cat food, water, and a game in the bedroom. This will ensure your cat has access to the necessities while you’re sleeping.
  • Don’t play or give your cat attention if they bite you while you’re trying to sleep. Resist the urge to give them attention, and instead wait for them to stop. As soon as your cat stops being disruptive, shower them with attention. Even though it's hard to resist a persistent cat, if you're consistent, they’ll catch on and associate being quiet with getting lots of love and attention.

Frequently asked questions about cats meowing

Should I ignore my cat meowing at night?

If your cat is bored or looking for cuddles, you can ignore their meowing. On the other hand, if your cat needs something, do not ignore their meowing. Examples of things your cat might need and warrant your attention include water and access to their litter box.

Why does my cat walk around the house crying at night?

If this behavior is new, you should talk to your vet to make sure there’s nothing medically wrong with your cat. Your cat may be in distress or suffering from a medical issue. If your vet has confirmed there’s nothing wrong with your cat, resist the urge to give them attention when they’re meowing. Instead, wait for them to stop, and then shower them with attention. If you're consistent, they’ll catch on and associate being quiet with getting lots of love and attention.

How do I get my cat to sleep at night?

To help your cat sleep through the night, go to bed at the same time each night, integrate interactive toys such as the Cat Dancer, Spring toys and Bird Teaser w/ Feathers into your cat’s routine, and schedule playtime in the evening when your cat is most active.