Your cat meow at night? – Cats aren’t usually as noisy as dogs, but that doesn’t mean they don’t make noise. They will meow, scream, roar, cry and make other sounds. Sometimes these noises during the day are a response to various stimuli, but many times they are heard at night when you are trying to sleep.
If your cat is active, curious, and loves to play, it may wake you up at night to ask for attention. Cats will do many things to attract attention, including scratching on your bedroom door, touching you with paws, jumping on you, dropping on the floor, and of course, meowing. If she “cries” for your attention while trying to sleep, the best thing you can do at that point is to ignore her. This is of course difficult for some people, but if you pay attention to your cat while it is meowing looking for it, you will only encourage unwanted behavior. Even if you give your cat negative attention by yelling at her, you still give her attention. Earplugs may be the only solution until you prevent meowing at night.
The next day, be sure to tire your cat during the day. Jigsaw puzzles, wig sticks, laser pointers, and battery-powered toys are great solutions. Some pet cameras even have laser pointers that you can operate when you’re at work, so you can play with your cat even when you’re not at home. By exhausting your cat and giving her all the attention she needs during the day, you will reduce the likelihood that she wants to meow at night.
Meowing for food
Did you forget to feed the cat? Cats often “cry” for food or treats, and a hungry cat is not quiet at night. You will not sleep much if she is hungry, so be sure to feed her before bed. Don’t get up in response to her cries at night, because this way you will only encourage her to repeat this action every night. Also, make sure you always have access to clean water to eliminate thirst as a reason for night activities and noise.
Similar to people with dementia, cats can develop cognitive dysfunction, which affects their ability to understand what is happening around them. Research has shown that the behavior of an older cat that looks confused and meows for no apparent reason often worsens at night. If you suspect that your cat has some kind of cognitive dysfunction, make a final diagnosis and talk to your veterinarian about treatment options.
Anxiety, stress, discomfort or pain
Any health condition or situation that leads to anxiety, stress, discomfort or pain can make a pet restless and louder than normal.
Vision or deafness problems
If a cat cannot see or hear well, it may become frightened or confused. At night, your house is usually darker and quieter than during the day, and if your cat’s eyesight or hearing is impaired, it may meow for help or comfort. Your cat may also not be aware that they are meowing loudly because they cannot hear themselves well. Eye vision can worsen with age and illness, as can hearing, so if your cat seems to be losing her senses, take her to the vet.