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Why do cats meow? The reasons change as they grow from kittens into cats. Kittens meow to their mothers when they’re hungry, cold, or scared. But once cats get older, they use other vocalizations — such as yowling, hissing, and growling — to communicate with each other. Meowing is reserved for their communications with people.

Of course, the amount of meowing varies by breed and even cat. Oriental breeds, especially Siamese cats, are known as great “talkers,” so anyone who doesn’t like meowing probably should steer clear of these breeds.

And some cats just seem to like to hear their own voices, while others seem to want to carry on a conversation with their owners. If your cat is talking a little more than you’d like, try to figure out the cause first. Once you know the reason, you can then work to get your cat to meow less.

Why Does My Cat Meow So Much?

Cats meow for many reasons, from the serious to the attention-seeking. They include:

  • Illness. The first step is a thorough checkup by your veterinarian. Numerous diseases can cause a cat to feel hunger, thirst, or pain, all of which can lead to excessive meowing. Cats of all ages also can develop an overactive thyroid or kidney disease, both of which can result in excessive vocalizations.
  • Attention seeking. Despite what some people think, cats don’t like being alone a lot. Cats often meow to initiate play, petting, or to get you to talk to them. If you want to cut down on attention-seeking meows, stop responding when it happens. Only give her attention when she’s quiet. If she starts to meow again, look or walk away. But don’t ignore your pet. Spend quality time each day with her, playing, grooming, and talking to her. A tired pet is a quieter pet.
  • Wants food. Some cats meow every time someone walks in the kitchen, hoping to get a bite. And many cats become very vocal when it gets close to their feeding times. If this is your problem, don’t feed your cat when she cries. Wait until she quiets to put down food, and don’t give her treats when she meows. If this doesn’t work, get an automatic feeder that opens at set times. Now kitty will meow at the feeder and not you.
  • Greeting you. Many cats meow when their people come home, or even when they just meet them in the house. This is a hard habit to break, but look at it as kitty saying she’s happy to see you.
  • She’s lonely. If your pet spends too many hours a day alone, think about getting a pet sitter to drop in during the day, or find other ways to enrich your pet’s life. Put a bird feeder outside a window she can watch. Leave foraging toys out with food inside. Get her a kitty condo and rotate different toys that you leave out for play.
  • A stressed cat. Cats that are experiencing stress often become more vocal. A new pet or baby, a move or changes to the home, an illness or the loss of a loved one can turn your cat into a talker. Try to discover what is stressing your pet and help her adjust to the change. If that’s not possible, give your cat extra attention and quiet time to help soothe her.
  • Aging cats. Cats, just like people, can suffer from a form of mental confusion, or cognitive dysfunction, as they age. They become disoriented and often cry plaintively for no apparent reason, especially at night. A nightlight sometimes can help if your cat becomes disoriented at night, and veterinarians often can prescribe medications that help these symptoms.
  • Cats that want to breed. If your cat isn’t spayed or neutered, then you’re going to hear a lot more noise. Females yowl when in heat, and males yowl when they smell a female in heat. Both can be maddening to live with. Getting your pet spayed or neutered will prevent this.


What Not to Do

  • Don’t ignore it without making sure there’s no problem. Although you don’t want to reward meowing, sometimes cats meow for good reason – they can’t reach their litter box, they’re trapped in a room, the water bowl is empty. Check on them when they meow to determine if it’s something you can safely ignore, or a problem that must be corrected right away.
  • Don’t punish a cat for meowing. Hitting, shouting, and spraying cats with water rarely work to quiet a meowing cat in the long run, but all those actions will make your cat distrust or even dislike you.
  • Don’t give in. If your cat is used to getting what he wants from meowing, he’s going to meow more, and louder, when it quits working. In other words, it will probably get worse before it gets better. Just keep rewarding quiet behavior and ignoring meowing, and eventually he’ll get the idea.


ASPCA: “Cats and Excessive Meowing.”

Adams, J. How to Say It to Your Cat: Understanding and Communicating with Your Feline, Prentice Hall Press, 2003.

Hotchner, T. The Cat Bible: Everything Your Cat Expects You to Know, Gotham Books, 2007.

Galaxy has had the privilege of sharing her life with many wonderful animals. Her current companion is a beautiful cat called Nikolai.

Why Do Cats Meow?

Nothing is more irritating than a cat that meows all of the time. Cats meow for a variety of reasons, and it all comes down to one thing: attention. You just have to work out what kind of attention they are seeking. Sometimes, it’s easy to tell what your cat wants. If a cat meows at its food dish, it wants food. If it meows at the door, it wants to come in or go out. Sometimes, they just seem to cry for no reason at all.

Cats only seem to meow a lot when they are around humans. They don’t appear to meow at each other very much when they are alone. It appears to be a learned response to living with us. Always remember that a cat will sometimes cry when they are in pain, scared, or angry.

You will soon learn to interpret the different sounds that your cat makes. A cry of pain is much different from the meow of a cat that wants you to stroke or play with them. Different cats have different personalities and different vocalizations. You know your cat better than anyone.

When Your Cat Cries, You May Know What They Want

Four Tips for Working With Your Noisy Cat

If your cat is meowing all of the time and just won’t stop, there are a few things you can do to try to get them to quiet down a bit:

  1. Make sure that your cat is safe, that they have been fed, and that they can get out or use their litter tray if they need to and then ignore them. Let them meow as long as they want, just go about your business as usual. It can be very hard to ignore your beloved pet, but it is the best thing in the long run. Life will be better for both of you if you just stick it out. The cat will soon learn that meowing doesn’t get him anything, in fact, he might not like your response at all. Cats crave attention and the last thing they want is to be ignored.
  2. Do not be tempted to shout at your cat or tell it to be quiet—that is just giving it attention. Keep quiet no matter how tempting it is to respond to its mewing. Don’t forget your cat, clever as it is, does not speak human. You don’t want to frighten it.
  3. Distractions. This is a difficult one because distracting your cat also means giving it attention. It might shut up for a while as you play with it but will then know that meowing works.
  4. If all else fails you can (as a last resort) use a squirt of water. Fill a spray bottle with water and give the cat a short mist. It sometimes work, but your cat will resent you for a while until the next meal time. It might seem a little bit cruel, but it does work. As I said, please only use this method as a last resort.

He Can Meow for Hours on End

Some Breeds Are More Vocal Than Others

My little ginger cat in the picture above is odd even for a cat. He can go months without making a single noise and then spend over three hours standing on a garden table meowing at nothing! When you are thinking about getting a cat, it is best to remember that some breeds are more vocal than others.

A Siamese cat will typically meow more than a tabby or ginger cat. When all is said and done, even really vocal cats are worth the inconvenience and irritation they can cause. The pluses definitely outweigh the minuses. Once a cat person, always a cat person. Even if your cat somehow learned to play the drums you would still love them . . . wouldn’t you?

Vocal Cat or Quiet Cat?

Do you have a vocal cat?

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.

Questions & Answers

I have a Russian White, and for no reason, it started meowing constantly and won’t stop no matter what I do. I have tried the water spray bottle, putting her in a closed room, but she just keeps up the meowing. I don’t want to get rid of her, but her meowing has to stop What can I do to stop her from meowing?

Have you tried the four steps in the article? Cats meowing constantly can be very annoying, but they are only trying to tell us something. If your cat has only recently started meowing all the time, perhaps she is in pain? Have you taken her to the vet? It might be a good idea to have her checked out by a professional. I have found the best way to stop a cat meowing is with distraction. Play with her or simply call her over to you and give her some attention.


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Galaxy Harvey

2 years ago from United Kingdom

Food is the one thing they all seem to make noise over! Thanks for commenting Eric.

Eric Farmer

2 years ago from Rockford Illinois

The cats I have owned in the past tended to be pretty quiet. Until it saw or heard food.

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How to Stop Kittens from Crying

Don’t let crying kittens cause you to lose sleep.

As precious as kittens are, dealing with nonstop meowing can be quite a headache, especially if it’s the middle of the night and you have to be up early for work. Thankfully, a few minor adjustments can usually keep your kittens quieter — and happier, too, for that matter. Phew!

Pay no mind to the vocalization. Kittens often cry, yowl and meow in order to get attention from people, even if that attention is not quite the positive kind. According to the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, attention is the primary motive behind feline vocalization issues. The kittens may want attention in the form of a petting session, or in the form of yummy treats courtesy of you. If you do not believe that the kittens are in any way suffering from pain or illness, allow them to meow it out. Although the kittens may stop meowing once they realize that it is getting them nowhere, it will likely also work as a long-term plan. As tempting as it may be to acknowledge their “talking,” teach them that being silent works a lot better.

Acknowledge your kittens’ interactive needs. Happy and satisfied kittens are the key to quiet kittens. Kittens thrive on interaction, not only from each other, but also from humans. Set aside time for some meaningful and quality interaction with your kittens every day, whether you stroke their wee backs as you watch television at night or encourage them to chase after the laser pointer. If kittens are stimulated and get sufficient exercise, they will be much less likely to act out and cry.

Organize your kittens’ feeding schedule. If you are uncertain about how often to feed your kittens, speak to your veterinarian about putting together a healthy, nutritious and suitable meal plan for your fur balls. The ASPCA recommends feeding kittens between three and four times a day, depending on their exact age — if they are between 6 weeks and 6 months, that is. If you only feed your kittens at specific times of the day, the little ones will rapidly learn that crying for food is a pointless act. Never get off track from your feeding schedule. If you do, it will only teach the kitties that crying for food indeed does work sometimes.

Oh, the curiosity of kittens! These furry, miniature explorers have an insatiable desire to learn about their world. And, depending on how old they are, they also have the athleticism to jump and pull themselves up onto counters, curtains, tables — you name it! While they’re having fun investigating, you want to be sure you reward good behaviors and avoid inadvertently giving attention to, and thus reinforcing, behavior you don’t want. Making a clear plan and getting the whole family on board will avoid future problems.

All creatures, but especially the young, quickly learn from the consequences of their actions. When doing something results in an outcome they like, they do it again. When an action doesn’t get them what they want, or it results in something less pleasant, they tend not to repeat it. Remembering this simple equation, you can create safe “lessons” for your kitten to develop good habits.

To keep your kitten off counters, tables and other pieces of furniture, you’ll want to provide appropriate, “legal” opportunities for jumping and climbing as well as avoid that unintentional reinforcing of unwanted behaviors.

Creating A Kitten Climbing Zone

Kittens do need places they can climb, hide and play without you having to worry about damage. Those crazy structures covered with carpeting — usually called cat trees — are really good investments because they’ll take the abuse instead of your couch.

If you can’t afford the investment, you might be able to make something similar with strong boxes taped together with holes cut out for exploring. If possible, make it tall and/or secure it in a place that gives the kitten a view of the room from 3 feet or higher.

How to Stop Kittens from Crying

A cat tree provides your kitten with an appropriate place to climb and from which to survey the room. Ysbrand Cosijn/iStock/Thinkstock

In general, cats like the height of safe perches in the corners of rooms. Here are some other tips on creating a cat tree your kitten can’t resist:

Place the cat tree in a room you spend time in, near a seat you will use often. While these kinds of perches are not always in keeping with the general décor of a room, putting it off in a remote spot away from you will reduce its value to your kitten.

To help make little Fuzzy love that cat tree, rub it with some fresh or dried catnip leaves. Place a few yummy treats in the nooks and crannies of the structure to reward kitty for exploring it. If she shows any fear or concern about this new thing in her space, give her a day or so to acclimate to it.
Make it come alive! Drag a string or wand toy up and around it to entice play and exploration. Kittens can hardly resist moving targets. Don’t just drop a toy on it — make the toy move!
Allow kitty to scratch it, sleep on it, hide from you, etc. Try not to interrupt her when she’s on it. Let it be a safe place for her.

Discouraging Kitten Climbing

If your kitten jumps up on places and surfaces you don’t want her, be prepared to gently move her repeatedly — maybe 15 to 25 times, often several in a row.

If possible, don’t scold or startle her, just make moving her a consequence of her jumping up on the undesired spot. Scolding might make her scared of you, but cuddling her while you move her might inadvertently reward her with attention. Just walk toward her, not even looking at her, gently pick her up, and put her either in her play area or on the floor. Don’t make a big deal — just help her learn that jumping up there will not result in her being able to stay. Repetition is the key to success here, so be as consistent as you can about the removal.

How to Stop Kittens from Crying

Spider cat, spider cat. Does whatever a spider cat does. Via Clevergrrl/Flickr

When you can, take a moment to determine why she wanted to be there. Is it soft? Is it near food? Is it near you? Is it away from another cat or dog, or a child? Is she looking to play, or just bored? If you can identify her motivation and fulfill her desire in another place, preferably the climbing/playing area you created for her, why would she continue?

If there is something attractive about the spot you don’t want her to jump up on, and you cannot change that — like, when you are preparing food on the kitchen counters — work on changing the situation in a way that works for all of you. That might mean having another family member play with her or feed her small treats away from the kitchen, or it might mean restricting her to another room while you cook. Think of ways you can avoid the problem, like having a play session and then feeding her dinner before you prepare yours. Make sure you don’t leave attractive items on the counter or dining table. Taking extra care while she’s a kitten will avoid a repetitive issue, and will keep her from starting habits you don’t want.

Anytime you are seeing behavior you don’t want, try to casually interrupt and make the case for doing something else instead. Contrary to common belief, cats are trainable! Unless she’s going to do damage, gentle redirection is best. If you give too big a response or engage your kitten with lots of petting or attention, you could actually be encouraging her to do it again.

In case you’ve had enough of your furry alarm clock

by Mieshelle Nagelschneider, aka The Cat Whisperer, cat behaviourist at the Cat Behaviour Clinic

Why is my cat meowing at night? I just want to sleep!

  • Cat Myth #1 Cats are nocturnal (most active at night).
  • Cat Fact #2 Cats are crepuscular (most active at dusk and dawn)

“Even with your head buried under a pillow, that meow can sound like an airplane during takeoff. The cat will relentlessly try to pass himself off as a rooster until you show signs of waking up to give him attention or feed him. Why? Maybe his internal hunting clock has been set to go off around dawn.”
—excerpt from The Cat Whisperer

It’s not uncommon for my clients at The Cat Behavior Clinic to tell me that they have not had a good night’s sleep in several years. Their cats have been routinely waking them up all throughout their sleep by meowing at night, especially between the wee hours of 3 and 5 a.m. This common feline behaviour can occur because of a cat’s natural instincts, because of other factors at play, or both. Some cat breeds are chattier than others and breed disposition may also factor into night-time interruptions. A good night’s sleep has become a thing of the past for many cat owners and they are happy to get even four hours of sleep each night. Some of my clients have practically fallen asleep driving to work in the morning due to not getting enough sleep!

Common reasons for your cat’s nighttime vocalizations:How to Stop Kittens from Crying

  • Your cat’s internal hunting time clock is set for morning (between 3 and 5 a.m. to be exact) instead of in the evening time.
  • Your cat is not active enough during the day and therefore is more awake at night.
  • The last feeding of the day for your cat is too early and your cat’s body is waking him up early in the morning due to hunger.
  • Change of environment (e.g. you’ve moved to a new home and there is more light coming through the windows in the morning than in your previous home, which is waking your cat up earlier).
  • Change in schedule (yours or his).
  • You’ve reinforced the meowing at night behaviour by giving your cat attention which can prolong the meowing behaviour once it starts.
  • Health issues may be at play, especially if the behaviour has suddenly surfaced with no changes in the cat’s environment.

What you can do to get your cat to sleep through the night and past the wee hours of the morning.

Feed later in the evening. If you feed your cat on a schedule during the day, be sure to feed the last meal of the day a few hours later into the evening. Or, for example, it could be that you will need to divide your cat’s current last meal of the day into two servings—one being given at 5 p.m. and the last portion given at 10 p.m. This can help your cat feel more satiated throughout the night and into the morning.

Keep your cat awake more during the day. Enlist the help of a timed-feeder to feed your cat a few times a day. Spacing meals a few hours apart can help keep your cat awake more during daylight hours. No cat should go several hours in between meals during the day. There are timed-feeders available for both canned cat food and dry. Incorporating a food puzzle into the daily feeding—the Stimulo by Aikiou is my favourite—is also another option to help keep your cat stay awake more during the day. He will have to work at getting the food and this will take longer than simply eating it out of a bowl.

Simply put, if your cat is keeping busy and is awake more hours during the day, he naturally will sleep more hours during the night and even later into the morning. This means more sleep for you too!

Reset your cat’s internal hunting time clock. Getting your cat to “hunt” (aka: playing with cat toys) can be an important strategy to resetting the hunting time clock to evening instead of morning. To reset it to evening, use a wand toy (the Playful Panther is my favourite) to play with your cat in the evening before bedtime. It can take several days of this strategy before you start to notice any effect.

Ignore the behaviour. Once the meowing behaviour starts, it’s important to not reinforce the behaviour by giving any form of attention to your cat. If you do, you can end up training your cat to meow even more and create a real problem. If your cat is accustomed to getting a response from you when he meows, once you stop giving him attention for the meowing behaviour he will try twice as hard to get your attention. This is called an extinction burst or the “it gets worse before it gets better” phenomenon. Be patient. This can last a few weeks, but continue to ignore the behaviour no matter what and it should get better.

Medical Alert: Please have your cat checked out by your vet. Health issues that could cause cats to meow excessively include thyroid issues, kidney problems, diabetes, arthritis, tooth pain, or any other kind of pain.

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How to Stop Kittens from Crying

Kittens love to play, but when they become overexcited they often scratch and bite. This behavior is natural to kittens and is not a sign of hostility or fear (most of the time), but if left unchecked, it can become a serious problem. This is especially true when your kitten’s playmate is a young child. Fortunately, in most cases, it’s fairly easy to train kittens and avert this behavior.

Why Do Kittens Scratch and Bite?

In most cases, kittens scratch and bite in play. This is how they learn to socialize with their siblings, test boundaries, and just have fun. Occasionally though, scratching and biting can be a sign that your kitten is frightened, angry, or in pain. To be sure this is not the case:

  • If someone other than yourself is complaining about the kitten’s behavior, watch to see the interaction between that person and the kitten. Some young children are not yet able to understand that they can hurt a pet and may be inadvertently playing too roughly with the kitten.
  • Avoid touching your kitten’s face, paws, and stomach. While some kittens are comfortable with being touched on any part of the body, others are protective of these sensitive spots.
  • Examine your kitten gently by petting it all over. If it consistently responds negatively to a gentle touch in a certain location, there’s a good chance it’s hurting. If that’s the case, a trip to the vet is in order.
  • Be sure that your kitten’s behavior is not related to something that it finds frightening. For example, is it scratching only in certain locations in the home, with certain people, or around certain animals? If that’s the case, you may wish to investigate the possibility of fear.
  • When in doubt of the cause of your kitten’s biting and scratching, make an appointment with your veterinarian.

How to Stop Scratching and Biting

When kittens scratch and bite, it’s likely that they’ve been encouraged to do so at some point in the past. This is especially common if you or your children thought the behavior was cute when the kitten was very small. It is very important that you do not “roughhouse” with your kitten and allows them to bite or scratch at any age. This teaches the cat that hands are toys, a lesson that will be harder to break later on. Try substituting cat toys for your fingers when you’re playing and save your fingers for gentle petting. Make sure all family members (and visitors) are aware of these guidelines so the cat will receive a consistent message.

You’ve checked and are sure your kitten’s biting and scratching is not a sign of any physical problem, you’ve minimized rough-housing with your bare hands, but you’re still winding up with kitten scratches and nips. Here are some tips for managing the problem and training your kitten to stop this behavior.

How to Stop Kittens from Crying

Trim the Claws

Claw trimming, unlike declawing, does not injure your cat and should be done regularly. Do not use scissors; instead, purchase a clipper designed for cats or use sharp, human nail clippers. Your vet can show you the proper length and trimming technique.

Yell “Ouch”

Say “Ouch” loudly and clearly. While you have your cat’s attention, slowly remove your hand from its clutches. Don’t yank it away or the kitten will think the play is on, and they will try to grab it again. Instead, gently pull your hand out of your cat’s reach.

Give the Kitten a “Time-Out”

You can either leave the room or take your kitten to a small quiet room and leave it there with the door closed. Your feline may just be overstimulated and in need of some quiet recovery. Open the door after 15 minutes. If the kitten is asleep, which is often the case, leave it alone for a while. If it is awake, the cat may be needing some loving attention. Forget the play for now: just pet your kitten and tell him or her how loved it is.

Redirect the Kitten’s Attention

Often playful biting of hands or feet occurs simply because your cat is bored, and is looking for a play object. Give your kitten 15 minutes of active play several times a day with an interactive toy. Da Bird or other teaser toys are a great choice. Alternatively, try a laser-beam type toy that kittens can chase and pounce on, or even commercially available “gloves” with very long dangling “fingers.” Once you’ve taught both yourself and your cat that hands are not toys, your play sessions should be more enjoyable for both of you.

In addition to the active play, a scratching post (or two) are a positive addition to your home. To the kitten, these are now places where scratching is encouraged. Try both horizontal and vertical posts and ones with different textures to find the type your kitten likes best.

How to Stop Kittens from Crying

Next Steps

If you and your family have remained consistent and tried these techniques and your kitten is still scratching or biting, it is time to speak with a vet or get the help of a feline behavior specialist. These experts can often come to your home, see how the situation is manifesting, and offer concrete tips and solutions for your specific cat, situation, and lifestyle.

I just recently bought a kitten and he will just not stop meowing at night time. At first we locked him out of the bed room but he cries even louder so we bring him in the bed with us to sleep but all he does is sit there and cry for no reason. We have bought him a million toys and cat houses and he doesn`t seem to play with them at night. We try and keep him awake from the time we get home 3pm to 9pm when we usually go to bed thinking that if he stays awake the whole time he will be tired and sleep through the night. This kitten is driving us crazy because we haven`t had a good night sleep since we got him 3 weeks ago. Does any one have any suggestions as to how to keep him quiet at night time so we can get some sleep. We live in a 1 bedroom apt. so there isn`t a spare room we can put him in so that he doesn`t wake us up. Please Help!

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How to Stop Kittens from Crying

He’s lonely. Just recently he was with his mother and littermates, and now he’s alone in a strange place, and at night he has nothing else to distract him. His whole world has turned upside down. Plus he may have been taken from his mother too soon. Many people give kittens away when they are six weeks old, but it is much better to wait till they are at least eight weeks, or even ten weeks.

I’m afraid you are just going to have to go through this phase with him, just as you would with a newborn baby.

The alternative would be to get another kitten to keep him company. Another kitten would also be beneficial a little later on when he goes into the “killer Kitten” phase and is a non-stop bundle of energy and is obsessed with stalking and attacking everything. It’s instinctive and almost every kitten in the world goes through it.

How to Stop Kittens from Crying

If you’ve had your kitten checked by a vet or a shelter before bringing it home, and that includes shots,tests, and all the stuff involved in a first time check up, then I don’t think it’s sick so, I’d personally say that it’s a kitten thing, they cry very often, because when I first got my 6 week old kittens, they would also meow a lot, and I would say that judging by the way they were doing it it’s possible that they were missing their mom and siblings, but they eventually stoped doing it so, give it some time and be patient that I’m sure they’ll stop wining too much at night eventually.Remember that having a kitten or any baby pet is like a human baby , the good thing is that pets grow faster so you don’t have to wait as long so, be patient and loving that when you least expected they won’t need as much attention. Good luck with new kitten my friend.

How to Stop Kittens from Crying

Are you sure she doesn’t just need the toilet? Even though my kitten has a litter tray he will cry at the door to go to the toilet outside in the garden. His litter tray is very much last resort for him as he likes to be super clean. As your cat is scared etc, why not get her a bed that it can get into? I had a sleeping bag bed for my kitten he adored it and would snuggle into it at night. Although, cats in general do not like to be disturbed, and she may just be frustrated. Don’t ignore your kitten’s cry though, animals will only cry if they have a reason! And by the way, 5-6months they need neutering. it is very important or you will be stuck with crying as she will want to get out and mate. They may also run away if they are not done. If not ask a vet, you can call up most vets and just enquire about a particular problem and they are usually more than happy to help. After all vets are there to make animals happy and better.

My mom found a box of kittens and there are nine of them 🙁 poor kitties.

But she wants me to keep them until tomorrow cause the pound is closed.

And we have them in a box that we found them in and they won’t stop crying.

I understand that they are kittens of course they’re going to but I can’t sleep with nine kittens crying all night trying to get out the box

I’ve already given them food 🙂

My uncle has cats too. but I don’t have stuff like baby formula for the kittens. They’re about 3 weeks old

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If they are under four weeks of age, they can’t defecate and urinate on their own. So you will need to rub their behinds with a warm, damp washcloth. A mother cat would like their behinds to stimulate the infants to eliminate. Are their eyes opened yet? If not, they are less than two weeks old.

You said you gave them food. What kind, and are they eating it? If it is only dry food, they must have water to drink. If they are very young, they might not consider cat food as food, since infant kittens only nurse on their mothers. If they aren’t eating, go to the store and get KMR- Kitten Milk Replacer. It comes in a powder and also already liquid. Also, get kitten bottles. You can try first putting the KMR in a saucer and see if they can lap it up. If they can’t, then you will need to bottle feed them.

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This is a daft question as you already know that there is no real answer.

You don’t say how old you think they are, if they are big enough to eat, feed them is very likely that they are hungry, put in a hot water bottled filled with warm NOT BOILING water and a soft toy as they may find the warmth comforting.

I’m assuming that they are not tiny if they are trying to get out of the box but if it is only over night, cover the box with a blanket or get a box with higher sides and put them in a room with the door closed where they cannot disturb you.

If they are quite small and you don’t have anything to feed them mix an egg with a little milk and a spoon of sugar and see if they will lap this up as it would give them a great protein boost and fill up their tummies if they are hungry.

They’re probably very hungry! If they don’t have a mother with them the least you could do is go out and get them some food until you find out what you want to do. They have some “cat milk” at PetSmart/Petco type stores or formula if you’re willing to bottle feed. If they look older than 4 weeks you can pick them up some canned wet food. You should give them a fighting chance at least even if you are going to take them to a shelter.

If you’ve fed them (they will need feeding (milk) regularly, every two hours tops), just try to keep them warm. Help them go to the toilet by rubbing their behinds with something damp and soft. Also, if you have a little ticking clock, give them a blanket and hide the clock underneath it. The sound will clam them, as it will be similar to the sound of their mothers heartbeat.

Other than that, there’s not really a lot you can do. People are so cruel, leaving these young kittens in a box, taking them away from their mother weeks to early. ㅠ_ㅠ

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you’re feeding her too lots food, and he or she has a bellyache! in basic terms because of the fact she’s attempting to suck, does not advise she’s hungry. in basic terms that she desires to suck! She could be chilly. Kittens that cry lots, are in lots of circumstances too chilly. they’d’t modify their physique temperature, so they choose an outstanding “snug” heat place to cuddle. placed a lamp over her container to maintain her heat (I used a 60w bulb in a floor lamp, approximately 3ft over the astonishing of the container my kittens have been in) additionally, do you have any delicate toys (plush animals, etc) which you would be able to put in along with her, to simulate a littermate, so she does not sense so by myself? in case you think of it would help, it is rather helpful to bypass lower back to the spca and get a “refresher” direction in this feeding / pooping difficulty. Take each thing which you have been using, and coach them. you’re doing something incorrect, and that they’d coach you the thank you to recitfy that, or it ought to easily be that the kitten is lonely and scared. and chilly? the #a million killer of kittens is chilly! Congrats on the fostering. desire each thing seems ok, quickly. good success.

try making some formula for the kittens and feed them becauses there no mother for the kittens

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DO NOT TAKE THE KITTENS TO POUNDS. they need to go to a no kill spca so they can get adopted.

oh, and to stop them from crying just comfort them and pet them.

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Pregnant and nursing cats are referred to as “queens,” though your cat may not feel very royal with a litter of kittens pawing and nursing on her. Mother’s milk provides vital nutrients to build up kittens’ immune systems and is an important part of their socialization. However, by 8 weeks old, kittens should be weaned and mom’s milk production should stop. If not, there are several steps you can take to help stop her milk production.

Extras for Milk Production

As a good parent, you should have provided your little queen with ample cat food and water as she nursed her litter. In the late stages of pregnancy and into the first month of her kittens’ lives, a mother cat’s nutritional and caloric needs skyrocket; she may end up eating two to four times the amount of food she normally eats. She needs the extra calories and nutrition to produce milk to feed and nourish her kittens.

Enough is Enough

Around 3 or 4 weeks of age, kittens should start experimenting with cat food, learning to eat and drink on their own. They’ll still nurse from their mother, which is a good thing, but they should turn increasingly to cat food for the bulk of their diet. Your cat should be helping the process along by pushing her babies away when they attempt to nurse. If she’s not, you’ll need to lend a helping hand.

Moving Them Along

Moving the weaning process along has two parts to it. Removing the kittens from their mother for an hour or two at a time, several times a day, will give her a break and start them on the road to independence. Putting them in a space with food, water and a litter box of their own gradually will get them used to being away from their mother, allowing them to become less dependent on their mother’s presence. At the same time, begin to decrease the queen’s food and water intake. Withhold food on the first day of separation and give her half the water she usually drinks. The next day, give her a quarter of what she normally ate before she was pregnant, with half her normal water intake. The third day she can have all the water she likes and you can begin to increase her food intake to what it was before she was pregnant. If she lost weight during her pregnancy, you can increase her food a bit to get back to her prepregnancy weight.

Natural Help

It takes about a week for a queen’s milk to dry up after her kittens have been weaned. Sometimes her milk won’t dry up, despite the decreased food intake or the fact her kittens aren’t turning to her for dinner. Uritca urens is a homeopathic remedy that can help or stop milk production in a nursing cat, depending on the potency and the dose given. Parsley water or tea may help dry up her milk supply. Lemon balm, peppermint and sage also may inhibit the flow of milk. A holistic vet will be able to guide you in the use of herbs and natural supplements to stop your cat’s milk production.

Vet Check

If you’re waiting to spay your cat because she’s still producing milk, talk to your veterinarian. Some vets prefer not to spay a lactating cat because the mammary gland development makes the surgery a bit more difficult, however it can be done. Though your queen likely will take care of the entire nursing and weaning business herself, it’s wise to keep an eye on her during this time. Occasionally a nursing mother will have an inflammation in one or several mammary glands, known as mastitis, which is an emergency situation. Some cats may appear healthy, so it’s important to check your cat regularly. Symptoms include heat, swelling and pain in affected glands, yellow, thick or bloody milk, and unusual behavior from your mom cat, such as lethargy, refusing to allow her kittens to nurse and depression and loss of appetite. Kittens also may become sick and die.

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Crying the night away — near your pillow, of course.

Cat waking you up in the middle of the night with his singing? Chances are you don’t find that very amusing. Rather than screaming at Kitty like a maniac at three in the morning, figure out what he’s trying to tell you so you can fix the problem.

Identify the cause of the crying if you can. Could Kitty be lonely? Or maybe he’s crying because he’s out of food or water. He could also be crying because he can hear other cats outside and he wants to go out — either to join in the fun or to fight with the intruders. While it might seem that way to you, Kitty is not meowing just to annoy you — so identify the cause to fix the problem.

Spay or neuter Kitty if you haven’t yet. All that crying and meowing could be due to hormones. If you have a girl, she might be pining for boys, and if you have a boy, he could be crying because he wants to go out in search of females.

Let Kitty into the bedroom with you. One of the reasons cats cry at night is because they’re lonely. Sure, there’s always that chance that he’ll keep you up by attacking your toes once he’s in the bedroom, but give it a try. Or consider adopting a second Kitty so they can keep each other company.

Make sure Fluffy gets plenty of activity during the day. Cats are nocturnal creatures, but you can help change that — at least slightly — by keeping Kitty busy during the day so he can’t nap all the daylight away. Get a few toys, play “chase the laser light” or simply wake him up when he tries to take his twentieth nap of the day. By the time you go to bed, he might be just as tired as you and sleep through the night.

How long have you had your kitten?

Does he mainly cry at night?

What have you tried so far?

Hello Cat Whisperer! : )

You’re absolutely right! Your young kitten is feeling insecure in his new environment and misses his mom-cat and siblings, that’s why he’s meowing.
Also, Siamese are known to be very ‘vocal’ cats!

I must say, this is the first time I’ve ever heard of a kitten meowing ALL the time, during activities like eating and drinking, but it’s not unusual. As long as your little boy seems to be eating, drinking, using the litterbox and is playful/active as a kitten of this age should be, the problem most likely does not have a physical cause. However, if the kitten has not yet seen by your vet and/or started on his vaccination schedule, I’d definitely arrange an appt. with the vet to have this done ASAP. Medical problems should always be ruled out first, and then the meowing can be positively attributed to behavior.

A product which might help is Feliway, a cat appeasing pheromone which makes cats feel more ‘familiar’ in new environments. Feliway is available at stores like Petsmart and also online.
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You can also help your little guy get used to you, your wife and your home, but petting him gently, saying his name over and over, so he learns it, and brush him if he enjoys it. Grooming is a great bonding tool with new kittens. Make sure he has a place to sleep (like a cat bed) which makes him feel cozy and secure. You don’t have to buy one, if you haven’t yet; you can make one from a small, shallow cardboard box lined with fluffy towels or a folded over blanket (no fuzzy materials). Cats love to curl up in small spaces, it makes them feel secure, so don’t make the box too big, but big enough for him to turn around in it. You can replace it with bigger ones as he grows.

Leave nightlights on throughout the house after dark, so he doesn’t feel disoriented, since he’s still getting used to the house. With love, patience and as he gets more used to his new home, I’m sure the constant meowing will stop. Then again, he might just be a big ‘talker’, as Siamese are known to be. MY cat is very vocal (not Siamese) and always has been!

Good luck with your new furry addition, and I hope my suggestions have helped you. If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to ask me.

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Just like adult cats, kittens are naturally nocturnal creatures. They instinctively are more active at night. This can create problems between you and your new feline friend that has not yet adapted to your preferred sleeping and waking schedule. If your kitten is extra vocal at night, here are some reasons why and tips to help stop the excessive crying at night.

1. Boredom and loneliness
Kittens have much more energy than adult cats. If your kitten is bored or lonely, it may just be looking for someone to play with. Sometimes adopting two kittens can alleviate night time crying because they will spend the night playing with each other.

2. Hunting
Your kitten may be practicing pouncing and hunting prey. Some kittens and cats are just noisy hunters. A kitten may vocalize when it sees movement or a toy that looks like prey, or meow when it catches and attacks its prey.

3. Chatty kitty
Some kitties are just chatty, and more prone to verbalizing. This tendency is definitely cuter during the day.

4. Anxiety
If you have just brought home your kitten, the crying at night may be anxiety related. Once your kitten starts to feel more comfortable in your home, it may quiet down. Providing your kitten with its own bed, scratching post, and toys can help it feel at home.

5. Uknowingly rewarding the behavior
Think about how you are responding to the crying to determine if you are in fact rewarding and training your kitten to cry at night. For example, if you feed your kitten early in the morning as soon as the crying starts, then you are training your kitten to cry by rewarding the behavior. Instead of getting out of bed and immediately feeding your kitten, do something else first. This way your kitten will not associate you getting out of bed with food.

More tips to stop a kitten’s nighttime crying
Re-direct your kitten’s attention, so they will not have the time or inclination to cry. Making your kitten tired is one way to accomplish this so it will sleep more at night. Before going to bed, enjoy some play time. Get your kitten to jump, run, and pounce with a feather toy or laser light for 20 to 30 minutes before bed. This will make your kitten tired and ready for bed at the same time as you. Also, leave out new toys at night for your cat to quietly play with in another room, ideally a room far away from your bedroom. Lastly, for some kittens who are just nighttime talkers, you may need to keep them in another room at night so you can sleep in peace and quiet.

We got a new kitten today, a 8 week old ginger male. It’s very loving but very clingy. Just for a couple of days we are shutting it in the kitchen, as it hasn’t discovered it’s litter tray or food. It’s also a good place to seperate him from my daughter.

The kitten keeps crying ALL the time when we are not with him or holding him.

Will he get better when he adapts to his new home.

oh, poor little thing – have you given him a nest with a warm water bottle?

just think he’s used to sleeping in a heap of kittens and probably missing his mum – just like a new baby he is completely dependent, so crying because he fears he’s been abandoned (and might starve!)

I will give him a hot water bottle tonight, thanks for the suggestion. It will get better wont it?

Agree with bedding and hot water bottle but also if you have a ticking clock put it under bedding as the kitten will think it is it’s mothers heartbeat.

Good luck, hope you get some sleep

Our kitten was like this for approx 3 days when we got him. Try hot water bottle covered in towels next to you on sofa, stroke him now and then, and gradually move him bit further away til he gets more confident.
Dont shut him in kitchen, poor thing is missing his mum and needs lots of love.
Ours was really clingy to start with, after a couple of weeks he was fine.
You could also try wrapping ticking clock in with warm towels, just make sure the alarm is switched off, or you’ll be peeling him off your curtains!

Our dog was like this when we got her as a pup, sounds daft but i gave her one of my dds soft toys to cuddle into, she loved it, try that.

WOuldnt shut him in the kitchen, he is very young. Lots of cuddles and love will help.
He will get easier he is just finding his way.

yes, furry soft toy to cuddle really helped my kitten to settle in.

Poor little chap, 8 weeks seems really young, he’s just a baby. Is that the usual age for taking kittens home then?

Do you have anything fake fur that you could put in a box or his basket? Cats generally love this, really love it and will knead and dribble all over it usually!

Agree the hot water bottle is good – except make it with hottish tap water only, not boiling, and cover. Kittens can overheat.

As for litter training – try PLONKING him in it and gently digging a hole in the litter with his paw, then place him over the top. Do this a few times. They are programmed to dig and cover their soil so it stirs their pre-progammed brain cells! You might feel daft but it does work.

We shut one of our new kittens in the bathroom at night for the first week, for her own protection from the other cats, except we put her in her cat carrier (with the door left open obviously), as the carrier has a roof she seemed to feel very secure. Good luck!

I would lock him in the kithen at night, or you will be finding poos and wees in interesting places. When we first got our kitten at 8 weeks, he was so scared he couldn’t even mew with any sound (we thought he was mute) – he’s already be seperated form his mum -he was a rescue kitten. I just couldn’t take a baby from it’s mum.

8 weeks is too young isn’t it?Should he not be with his mummy. Get a kitten-bjorn!

Our cats love old wool jumpers. They knead and dribble into them for ages.

8 weeks is the minimum but it’s fine, FairyMum. Some pedigree breeders won’t let their kittens go before 12 weeks minimum though.

They are still very vulnerable at 8 weeks and need a beady eye for quite a while! One of ours got a claw stuck in the sofa while we were in the kitchen and was dangling for at least five minutes. Imagine if we had been out! That is why the kitchen or bathroom is a safer environment initially, as there is less for them to harm themselves on. Goes without saying to put the loo seat down in the bathroom first .

Thanks for your replies. Poor little kitten lost his mum a few weeks ago, she disappeared.

I do have some fake fur things, and I’m sure one of my kids will have a teddy.

Just out of interest, how long do kittens take to settle in?

Maybe co-sleep. Definitely too young for controlled meowing

It depends on their personality, some are very cheeky and adaptable from the start whereas others are not.

Your little kitten is definately missing his mum and a plush toy or fake fur item will undoubtedly help comfort him.

Kittens should adapt within a week or two especially if you establish a pattern for them ie tray, water, food and bed always in the same places. Physically placing them in their tray or bed from time to time helps, otherwise they don’t learn these facilities are available for them!

I am also fanatical that our cats shouldn’t be thirsty ever and always have 3-4 small plastic tumblers filled with water around the house, small tumblers are a lot easier than saucers to deal with and cats seem to prefer them to saucers too. I also show our new kittens where the water is!

If you have a cat bed, they like them to be in the corners of a room with good visability (on the corner of a landing is ideal).

I am cat mad as you can probably tell and probably put far too much thought into their comfort, although mine are not spoilt as such with fancy food or anything I can’t help myself in ensuring they never suffer a moment’s unnecessary discomfort.

Can you go back and get one of the other kittens from his litter, preferably the one he played with most? They settle so much better if they have a companion.

He needs lots of cuddles and company, just like a baby. But, this stage will pass so rapidly, and he won’t be anywhere near as clingy in a couple of weeks.

Have you considered nailing it to the breadboard? Oops, wrong thread.

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Many people have a misconception that cats cannot be trained because they are solitary animals and like to act on their own. That’s why the common scratching and biting behavior don’t seem to resolve with some cat owners because they have the illusion that their cats are untrainable, so it is not worth a try.

Bite and scratch inhibition can be taught to kittens the same way you teach your puppies. Kittens are naturally very playful. When they are around 8 weeks old, part of their social development is to interact with their littermates by mock fights, mini grappling and other rough playing matches. We do not have the coat to protect our skin nor would we bite back to draw the boundry. When you start allowing your kittens to scratch or bite your hands, you are giving them a message that you are condoning their behavior and it is OK to play with you aggressively.

What can we do to stop kittens from biting and scratching us?

The trick is very simple. Do not feel obligated to engage in rough play with your kittens because you think that is part of their nature. Kittens can learn to understand what you like and find the balance to play peacefully with you. All you need to do is give them a clear message that if they continue to bite or scratch you, you will not play with them.

When you get bitten or scratched by a kitten, often time it is unintentional or accidental. Don’t worry that they may be mad at you. Your kitten is just having a little too much fun. In order to reduce this kind of behavior and teach your cat to play nicely with you, you should say “No!” in a firm but calm voice, and then walk away from your kitten for a few minutes. Do not feel bad for ignoring your cat. You are simply telling your kitten that “no more play time because you just scratched me.” When your kitten has composed themselves, you can go back to continue playing. However, if the aggression re-emerges, you want to use the same technique to reinforce the training. There is a point where your kitten becomes tired or uninterested in its play because of the new rule, you should call a time-out and only play again when the kitten goes back in its play mode.

By continuing giving your kitten attention after you are bitten or scratched, the adverse behavior will only aggravate.

Although rough play is not encouraged between you and your kitten, cats need to play aggressively sometimes because it is innate to them. What you can do is provide a few stuffed toys and scratching posts or pads for them to play with.

Another technique to train your cat to play nicely is to replace your hand with a toy that they can go wild with. When your kitten is getting aggressive with you, pull out your hand and place in a toy. Quickly they will learn that it is fun to play fight with a toy.

With combination of the 2 aforementioned techniques plus your consistancy in training, very soon you will see a dramatic change in your kitten’s behavior towards you.

The following is an excerpt from the Petfinder Blog.

In January, Petfinder held a live Q&A on Facebook with pet trainers Andrea Arden and Mychelle Blake. Over the coming weeks we’ll be posting some of our favorite questions and answers here on the blog. Have a pet question? Check back regularly for news about our next live Q&A!

Q: I have a 10-week-old male kitten who is biting a lot. He has not been neutered yet. Will he stop after he is? I have tried the water bottle and also blowing in his face gently, but neither has seemed to cure this issue. — Kami H.

A: Hi Kami. You need to add in another component to the training, which is providing him with a behavior that you want and then reinforcing that.

Why the water bottle won’t work

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The water bottle or blowing only tells him to stop but doesn’t given him enough information about what things you want him to engage in instead.

Understanding why kittens bite
Biting in kittens is similar to biting behavior in puppies. It’s not about aggression, it’s about youngsters using their mouths to explore their environments. If we’re lucky, their mothers or litter mates teach them to inhibit this behavior. But sometimes they don’t learn from their litters that this is not acceptable.

How to stop your kitten from biting
The next time he bites you, say “OW!” loudly and get up immediately, walk away and ignore him. You are teaching him that biting leads to a loss of your attention. Second step, whenever he doesn’t bite you when you play, praise him for this with a treat, toy or anything he likes. Eventually he will learn that play with biting leads to a loss of you and play without biting leads to continued fun and attention.

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Sometimes, a mother cat will behave strangely after the kittens have gone to new homes, and it’s natural to wonder whether she misses her kittens. Learn the truth behind these behaviors.

When the Kittens Leave

The best time for kittens to leave mom is around 7 weeks. At that time, both the mom cat and the kittens are ready to part ways. However, sometimes after the last kitten is gone, the mom cat will wander around the house crying. But, is she really looking for them? And if so, can you help?

These are common concerns for all good pet owners. You did the right thing by finding the kittens new homes and the reason for the mom’s reaction might not be what you think.

Mom Cat Crying

Helping a pregnant cat with her kittens is definitely an act of kindness. This love for your cat may cause you to worry unnecessarily if she seems upset to have the kittens gone. While your cat may be missing her kittens, it’s even more likely that she has come back into heat. Cats typically cycle every two weeks, and they tend to do a lot of calling or “crying” during their heat period.

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If she’s truly missing the kittens, she may try to exhibit some odd behavior towards your other pets or even sometimes stuffed animals or pillows. You’ll need to watch closely to see how she treats other animals in the home and intervene if necessary. You might even want to try getting her mind off things by giving her a couple of new toys to play with. A little mental stimulation goes a long way in reviving the spirit.

How Long Does it Take for a Mother Cat to Forget Her Kittens?

While it may feel like a mother cat will be upset that her kittens will be taken away, cats don’t think the same way people do. It’s natural for a mother cat to begin weaning her kittens around four to five weeks of age and they’ll be fully weaned around 10 or 12 weeks. It’s the goal of the mother cat to teach the kittens to become independent, at which point her bond to them will weaken. In fact, it’s not uncommon for the mother cat to become uncomfortable with the presence of her kittens after they are weaned and growl at them if they remain for too long.

  • In general, once the kittens are able to go to a new home at age 10 weeks, you may notice your mother cat meowing and showing “seeking” behavior for the missing kittens, but at most this will last a few days and then she’ll be back to normal.
  • If kittens are removed before the age of 10 weeks, this behavior from the mother cat may persist a bit longer, but not by much as she’s instinctually programmed to leave her litter and cats do not “remember” or “grieve” for kittens in the way that a human parent would.
  • Depending on the circumstances it’s natural for a mother cat to reject her litter entirely even when they’re newborn. This can happen if the mother senses that one or more kittens is sick or deformed, if she is suffering from painful mastitis, or if the litter is too large for her to nurse. Some cats new to motherhood may also reject their kittens for no apparent reason though the underlying cause is usually stress and anxiety.

Consider Stopping the Cycle

The best course of action would be to have your female cat spayed as soon as possible. Now that the kittens are gone, it is the perfect time to have the surgery. Be sure to ask your vet if he/she knows about any low cost spaying clinics. This could save you a bundle.

Today’s question: How to stop a kitten (or an adult cat) from biting your hands and other inappropriate things? Cat biting is a common complaint among feline owners. If you’ve ever owned a cat, you know how difficult it can be to eliminate this behavior. Dealing with a biting cat can be both annoying and frustrating. Kittens especially love to play and nibble on objects. Shoes and curtains can be easy targets for playful and fun-loving kitties.

Some kittens even take to nipping on human toes and fingers as a way to pass time. Yes, nibbling kittens can look cute when they gently chew on your fingers. Fully grown adult cats, though, can do serious damage to property and people when they gnaw and bite.

So, it’s up to you as a kitten owner to train your little furry friend not to continue this potentially destructive and dangerous behavior. But how to stop your cat from biting?

To stop a cat from biting, we need to understand why cats bite in the first place.

Why Do Kittens Bite?

How to Stop Kittens from CryingIt’s Natural for Cats to Bite

Kittens and cats bite for a wide variety of reasons. In general, biting and chewing are natural predatory activities for kittens. Biting and other predatory behaviors are what cats would do in the wild to catch prey. When hunting behavior is misdirected, it can become quite problematic in the home.

Your Cat Might Be Bored

Boredom is a key reason for biting. Imagine having lots of pent up energy, but only a few ways release it. Kittens feel this way a lot of the time. Few novel activities equals bored, chewing kittens.

Not Enough Interesting Toys

Not having enough toys is another reason for kitten biting. When kittens have few options in term of toys, they turn to the next best thing: your curtains or your feet.

How to Stop Kittens from CryingNot Enough Human Interaction

Do you set aside playtime with your kitten? Do you have little time to spend with your kitten? Kittens that have little interaction with their owners may feel neglected and act out by biting and chewing inappropriately.

The Kitten Was Removed from Her Mom Too Soon

Often, kittens that have been removed from their cat mom too soon display chewing behaviors. Orphaned kittens or kittens weaned too quickly miss out on crucial socialization time with their siblings and mom cat. Socialization enables kittens to learn how play without causing injury to others.

The Kitten or Cat Is Hungry

Hungry kittens and cats will do just about anything to get their paws on food. I once owned a cute kitten that would nibble on my toes every morning to let me know that he was hungry and wanted his breakfast!

Sick or Angry

Sick or angry felines will often bite, hiss, and spit. If you see a cat in an aggressive posture, back away and give them space.

How to Stop a Cat From Biting?

While kitten biting is not the easiest behavior to correct, you can train your kitten to stop the chewing. When training your kitten, remember that persistence and consistency are the keys to success. Cats are notoriously stubborn and strong-willed so keep up the training.

Luckily, most kittens will outgrow biting and mellow a bit as they age. However, some adult cats will maintain biting behaviors. So, it’s best to stop kitten biting as soon as the behavior appears.

Here are 10 important tips to stop your cat from biting:

1. Don’t reward unwanted behaviors

Don’t treat or reward your kitten while she’s biting or after she has already bitten. Otherwise you will encourage this unwanted behavior and your cat will keep on biting you.

2. Use a spray bottle filled with water to spray your kitten when it bites

Most cats don’t like to get wet, if you’d always spray some water on your cat after she has bitten you, then she will start to associate biting with getting water sprayed on and will stop biting in order to avoid the water.

3. Use objects when playing with your kitten; never use your bare hands

As I already said above, biting is a natural behavior for cats, and they are bound to do it while playing. So, the best way to stop your cat from biting you while you play with her is to always use a toy and never your bare hands.

4. Mix up kitten toys to prevent boredom

I also said above that a cat, especially a kitten, might start to bite simply because she’s bored. To keep that from happening, make sure your cat always has some interesting toys to play with.

5. Distraction works to redirect your cat’s energy away from biting

If your cat is tired from playing or learning new tricks, she simply won’t have energy for biting.

6. Use cat repellent such as bitter orange to discourage object chewing

If your cat likes to chew inappropriate items, then you can use cat repellents such as bitter orange to stop your cat from doing that.

7. If you get bitten, relax your hand while it is in your cats mouth and never remove it suddenly

This is important because if you remove your hand suddenly once it’s in a cat’s mouth; it may cause injury to your hand.

8. Get two kittens to keep each other company

Don’t have enough free time to keep your cat occupied with play time? Consider getting a second cat, so the cats can play together and keep each other away from the unwanted biting behavior.

9. If all else fails, move the biting kitten to a safe area for a “time out” period

Even if you always use toys and not your bare hands, your cat might still try to bite your hands. If this happens, pick your cat up and take her to another room and leave her there for a while. This will teach your cat that if she bites your hand, the play time is over.

10. Do not hit your cat after it has bitten you

It can really hurt when your cat bites your finger or hand, but please do not hit your cat. For one, you are a lot stronger than your little furry friend and you may seriously injure her. For two, this won’t stop the biting, in fact, the cat is likely to scratch or bite you again in self-defense.

Do you know any additional tips on how to stop a cat from biting? If you do, you can share them in the comment section below.

June 13, 2018 3 min read

Your cat has everything – from engaging toys to a Modkat. Still she follows you from room to room, crying piteously for food. Or worse, she attacks your other pets, steals food from your plate, and bites your hand when she’s hungry.

Food-related issues have disrupted more than one loving home, and they’ve caused dissatisfaction in many others.

Let’s look at why your cat begs for food, and the most effective ways to put a stop to it.

Why are my cats always hungry?

A recent article in Catster lists five likely reasons your cat begs for food – worms, disease, boredom, depression, and nutritionally deficient food.

A cat with worms eats ravenously since the roundworms suck all the nutrition right out of your pet’s body. These worms are contagious to humans, so you’ll want to get rid of them as soon as possible. Your vet can test a fecal sample from your cat and prescribe an anti-worm treatment.

Diseases such as feline diabetes, hypothyroidism, and kidney disease also cause cats to overeat. If your cat consumes food voraciously but doesn’t gain weight, it may be a sign of a medical problem. If your cat begs for food but won’t eat it once he has it, that behavior could be a sign of food allergies or gum disease. In the first case, the vet can sell you hypoallergenic, prescription food. In the second, your vet may be able to treat gum disease and relieve any pain associated with eating.

Some cats eat out of boredom. Senior cats, in particular, may lose interest in toys, playtime, and bird watching while eating becomes their new favorite hobby. Once you’ve made sure there are no health problems causing your cat to overeat, stick to a sensible, feline- nutritionist-approved feeding plan for these cats. Also make sure they have access to plenty of toys, gadgets, and games . Some cat lovers swear by feeding your cat in a puzzle or a ball. It’s more natural, after all, for cats to work for their food.

Boredom sometimes leads to depression and other forms of feline mental illness that prompt undesirable behaviors. Food aggression in cats can become so severe that it morphs into psychogenic abnormal feeding behavior in cats. The Journal of Veterinary Behavior published a study on the topic . Even moderate food aggression in cats can be irritating to their caregivers. Amy Shojai’s excellent article in Petcha gives excellent tips for helping your pet kick food-inspired aggressive behaviors to the curb.

The final reason your cat may be hungry? He’s not getting the right nutrients. Unlike us, our pets can’t grab a protein bar from the pantry or fill up on a fiber-rich snack. Pay attention to what’s in your cat food’s ingredient list, and talk to your feline nutritionist or cat-friendly vet about diet.

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Does my cat eat too much?

Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine offers helpful information on cat nutrition. While caring cat parents subscribe to many theories and practices about feeding, one thing is for sure, we all want our cats to have enough nutritious food to stay happy and healthy. Do your research, talk to your vet, or make an appointment with a feline nutritionist to ensure that your cat receives proper nutrition.

Am I feeding my cat sufficient amounts of food often enough during the day?

Few subjects generate more controversy among cat lovers than how much and how often to feed our pets. Some animals do well with free feeding (leaving food out) while others find it stressful or unbearably tempting.

Pet parents and cat behaviorists like Jackson Galaxy suggest dividing food into smaller chunks and feeding more frequently to help prevent a cat from begging for food.

Another popular option is switching to an automatic feeder. This approach can help make sure your cat receives the right amount of food at the right times.

Only you can decide what’s right for your pet with regard to food choices and eating habits.

Trying To Eat with a Cat Around! Is not as cute as Marmalade (of Cole & Marmalade fame) made it out to be in his adorable performance on video. In fact, it can disrupt your relationship with your pet and keep your cat from leading a happy, healthy life. If your cat constantly wants to eat, look into any medical issues, make sure your pet has adequate mental and physical exercise, and offer your animal nutritious meals in adequate amounts.

Do you have a cat who begs? Did you find an effective way to stop it? Let us learn from you on Facebook or in an email.

So I just adopted two beautiful little kittens from the SPCA. The girl is about 7 weeks old and the boy is closer to 24weeks. The girl has just been spayed and needs to be separated from the other kitten for at least a week. I’ve been trying to divided my attention evenly between them but every time I leave the male kitten alone, he starts crying and I mean really wailing. I’ve been trying to ignore him so he learns to self sooth but I’m at my limit and because I live with roommates this is problem that needs to be solved quickly. I keep a scratching post, clothing with my scent on it, plenty of towels, a cat bed, and food and a littler box in the room with him but still he won’t stop. It seems he’s only happy when right by my side and because of this, my female kitten (who barely makes a sound, even when alone) is getting neglected.

Does anyone know how to train kittens to stop crying when alone?

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How to Stop Kittens from Crying

When we got a young kitten as children, the lady that gave him to us suggested wrapping an old fashioned wind up alarm clock in a soft towel and putting it in the kitten’s bed with him. The ticking of the clock muffled by the towel sounded like the mother cat’s heartbeat and soothed the kitten.

How to Stop Kittens from Crying

I recommend the clock thing. get an old fashioned alarm clock from Walmart–they are cheap. I’d also recommend a heating pad turned on low for warmth.

How often are you feeding them?

with what milk – KMR?

How many are there?

If your babies are crying all the time they are either hungry, cold or too warm.A full kitten is sleepy and not crying.

A good way to keep them warm when you are not to fill a sock with raw white rice and warm it in the microwave – make sure it is not too hot and that they can crawl away if they are too warm.

Feed them every two hours and rub their privates with a warm cotton ball til they urinate.

Here are some links to how to feed and raise an orphan kitten:

One of them recommends goats milk and give you recipes for home made kitten formula.Use a dropper if they cannot drink from a bottle.

Just keep them warm and well fed.You are doing a fine job.

May God bless you for taking them in.

Please let me know how the babies are doing. If you have more questions along the way, I will always be here for you and happy to help

I hope your babies will be fine.

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My cat is 9 months old, and she still likes to nurse from her mother. I’ve been stopping her (also punishing her by removing her from the room we are currently in. Is this a bad way to react?) when I see her do it, but no results come of it.

She eats regular catfood as well. I don’t think the mother cat is still producing milk (it’s been a few months since she had kittens). I have a feeling it’s a bonding thing, because the mother doesn’t mind at all (cleans offspring while offspring is feeding).

Although this brings up many other questions (each deserving their own post), my main question is: How can I get my 9 month old cat to stop nursing off its mother?

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Kittens nursing on each other can irritate or injure each other, especially if they nurse on the wrong spots. Since this isn’t the case here, the only down side would be a similar sore spot on the momma, who is well equipped to beat up the kitten making her hurt.

I don’t see why you have to be the enforcer outside of that. Mom will cut off the milk bar when she wants to.

I have the same issue as you, but I haven’t stopped them nursing.

My cat has lost so much weight due to the feeding and I’m feeding her almost 6-8 times a day. Her kittens eat too, but it’s breaking my heart to see mom so hungry all the time. I overfeed because she is looking thin.

We went to vet today and she too is concerned and said to shoo the kittens away if I see her nursing, so here it goes.

So no I don’t think it’s cruel or otherwise to stop kittens nursing especially if they are feeding normally too.

Please take care of the cat mommy, too.

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IMHO I don’t think you should punish her. Seriously! Please do not punish her, it is cruel. She’s a cat following her instincts. I asked my vet about it as I have two kittens who do the same thing, and she confirmed it’s a comforting behavior.

Your kitten’s mother will walk away if annoyed–it’s up to her. I have a 9 month old kitten who suckles my 4 years old cat on her neck, shoulder, tummy or wherever because it provides her comfort. My cat sometimes gets annoyed and walks away, but usually doesn’t care. I do not interfere.

I rescued the kittens’ mother whom I found as a pregnant, starving, malnourished stray. She had her litter of six and I kept her and all six until the kittens were 10 weeks old and all were adopted including the sweet mother. I kept two of the kittens and my older two cats, a male and female, immediately took on the role of nurturing them; they still do to this day. Both kittens suckled my cats all the time–obviously they didn’t get milk, but did it for comfort.

Actually, yes, it can harm the mother. She can get emaciated if the mother doesn’t have the will to push away the kittens even if she doesn’t want to feed them. Not all queens are the same. My cat fed her kittens up to 2 years old and she almost died from it because she got so skinny even though I was feeding her own eight times a day. I had to get rid of the two kittens she had (even though they were two years old when I got rid of them they will always be kittens to me.)

Kitten Behavior: Problems & Solutions

Biting & Scratching

Play aggression is normal and can be recognized by the kitten’s body posture. The tail lashes back and forth, the ears are flattened to the head and pupils (black part of the eye) are often dilated or large just before the kitten pounces or attacks.

  • If your kitten is becoming overly aggressive and biting or scratching you, it is important to stop this behavior as soon as possible. A nip or scratch from an 8-week-old kitten may seem cute, but the same behavior from an adult cat can be very painful.
  • Never use your hands or feet as playthings for your kitten to bite on. All toys should be a distance from your hands so the kitten has no opportunity to bite or scratch you even by accident. Balls or stuffed mice to throw and toys or feathers on a string can be good choices.
  • Play with your kitten at least 10-15 minutes twice a day or more. Cats are often most active in the early morning and early evening. Exercise and vigorous playing can help get rid of excess energy and keep your kitten calmer for the remainder of the day.
  • Never use physical punishment on a cat. Cats do not link the punishment with their bad behavior and they will only become fearful of you and other humans. Squirt bottles with water or noise deterrents like a hiss sound or an air canister can be very effective but only if used within the first few seconds of the unwanted behavior to startle the cat and not scare it badly.
  • If your kitten bites or scratches you during play, say “Ouch” loudly, stop playing and walk away. Stopping play immediately is the most effective way to convince your kitten that his behavior is not acceptable. After a minute or two, call the kitten and resume playing. Give lots of treats when the kitten is playing nicely. Continue to reward good behavior and stop the play whenever the kitten is too rough.
  • If your kitten jumps out and play attacks with you frequently, put a bell on his collar so you can hear him coming and try to deter the attack with a squirt of water or air. You may have to confine or deny your kitten access to certain places for a while if he always launches attacks from a specific place.

Scratching Furniture

Scratching is a normal cat behavior used primarily to mark territory rather than just to sharpen claws, although keeping the claws trimmed is still important. What we want to do is control what the cat scratches on rather than try to eliminate the behavior entirely.

  • Figure out what your cat likes to scratch on and try to provide him with something similar that is OK to scratch. Does the cat like vertical or horizontal surfaces? Carpet or fabric? Place a scratching post near the areas the kitten is currently scratching; you may need more than one at first and you can try different types until successful.
  • Make the scratching post fun. Put toys or treats or catnip on it. Scratch at it yourself and if the kitten copies you, reward him with a treat.
  • Booby-trap the items you do not want the cat to scratch. Double-sided sticky tape is very effective on furniture and drapes. You can drape a net and balance a few aluminum cans on top of chairs or couches so that when the kitten scratches, the cans fall down and startles him. Using a squirt gun or air canister to startle the cat does NOT work because the kitten just learns to scratch when you are not around.
  • If all else fails, there are temporary plastic caps that be glued onto the cat’s nail tips to stop the claws from causing damage. Permanent surgical removal of the claws is NOT recommended, as it can be a very painful procedure and removes part of the cat’s natural defense mechanisms.

Houseplant Chewing

Many cats enjoy chewing and eating greenery. There are grasses you can buy that are OK for your cat to eat if you want to provide them; however, many houseplants are poisonous to cats so it is important to stop this behavior. A brief list of some of the more toxic plants includes:

  • Caladium
  • Lilies (Lilium spp)
  • Dumb Cane (Dieffenbachia spp)
  • English Ivy (Hedera spp)
  • Mistletoe
  • Oleander (Nerium oleander)
  • Philodendron

To stop a cat from chewing on your houseplants:

  • Remove all plants but one; making sure it is not a toxic variety.
  • Brush chili sauce on the underside of the leaves or spray with water and sprinkle cayenne pepper on the leaves. Then spray with a diluted solution of perfume (1 part perfume to 25 parts water).
  • Let the cat nibble on this plant and he will quickly learn to avoid it.
  • Move this plant around to different locations for the next week, renewing the pepper and perfume if needed. Then bring in the rest of the plants and spray them with diluted perfume. Your kitten will have hopefully figured out that all these plants taste/smell bad and will stop eating them.

So I just adopted two beautiful little kittens from the SPCA. The girl is about 7 weeks old and the boy is closer to 24weeks. The girl has just been spayed and needs to be separated from the other kitten for at least a week. I’ve been trying to divided my attention evenly between them but every time I leave the male kitten alone, he starts crying and I mean really wailing. I’ve been trying to ignore him so he learns to self sooth but I’m at my limit and because I live with roommates this is problem that needs to be solved quickly. I keep a scratching post, clothing with my scent on it, plenty of towels, a cat bed, and food and a littler box in the room with him but still he won’t stop. It seems he’s only happy when right by my side and because of this, my female kitten (who barely makes a sound, even when alone) is getting neglected.

Does anyone know how to train kittens to stop crying when alone?

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How to Stop Kittens from Crying

When we got a young kitten as children, the lady that gave him to us suggested wrapping an old fashioned wind up alarm clock in a soft towel and putting it in the kitten’s bed with him. The ticking of the clock muffled by the towel sounded like the mother cat’s heartbeat and soothed the kitten.

How to Stop Kittens from Crying

I recommend the clock thing. get an old fashioned alarm clock from Walmart–they are cheap. I’d also recommend a heating pad turned on low for warmth.



A street cat gave birth to 3 kittens in my yard last week. The kittens are now approximately 10 days old, have opened their eyes and seem healthy. However, one of them keeps crying, non-stop, even though it’s near its mom. Sometimes it ventured away and we tried moving it back to its mom because we thought it was hungry – but it would just keep crying and walk away again.

Is it normal for some kittens to be super loud? I don’t know if it’s in pain, or if it just wants attention. It looks fine enough to walk around and climb over its siblings’ bodies.





oh geez. i have no idea. is the kitten actually feeding off of mom. you might need to place him on a nipple and hold him for a second till he starts to suckle.

hahaha well it IS a scarey world out there. maybe hes a lil scared? i dont know


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Are the kittens in your yard or in your house?

If in the house- Are you making sure the crying kitten is getting proper amount of time to nurse. Are you weighing it to make sure it is gaining weight?

Usually at 10 days the eyes arent open yet.

If outside it is calling for the mom or the mom has abandoned it.



They all live outside since they’re street cats.

The baby died just yesterday A day before it died, one of its siblings started to sneeze/cough and it stopped nursing too. Took them to the local vet and she said there’s not much to do other than to feed them with syringes and give them some kitten antibody medicine. But I think the baby was too weak and he got worse by the next day.

I hope his siblings are OK though. They developed some flu symptoms (eye discharge, sneezing/coughing) but I hope it’s not too bad.

Momma cat did not abandon them but she seemed kinda sorta disinterested. She would nurse the one kitten that was willing to nurse, but then she would step out of her nest and lie on her own, ditching her babies. Then if her kittens walked away, she couldn’t seem to grab them by the scruff. Momma cat is a huge cat – I doubt that she’s too young to have kittens since she’s been pregnant 2-3 times already (none of her babies survived, I think).

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It sounds like she’s traumatised. Either missing her owners, mum or feeling trapped.

Don’t let her outside. If she goes out she could get lost. Advertise for a lost kitten.

Just be gentle with her. Give her a little bit of milk, give her good quality food, and be there for her. You can’t encourage bad behaviour but encourage good.

She sounds to be too young to be away from her mum so she’ll be looking to you to be her mum. Just comfort her, rub your face on her body, speak to her. She’ll relax slowly. 🙂

she is stray , my roomates rescued her from a possum

Yeah – my cat was a stray kitten so I understand. She will get better with time.

Well 4 weeks old is too young for her to be away from her mother. She isn’t even weaned yet if she’s that small. You’re great if you rescued her, but if you purchased her from someone then I don’t recommend doing this again, because they don’t know what they’re doing.

Weaning would naturally be completed when the kitten is around 8 weeks old.

So, I would see if you can give her back to her mom for a few weeks. And then once she’s older, see if that helped her crying.

They rescued the kitty from a possum

She’s probably just scared and looking for her mom and siblings. My boyfriend rescued a young kitten from a warehouse about two weeks ago, and it cried the first few days. Unfortunately nothing made it stop, not cuddles, or yummy food, or warm blankets. I think as it got accustomed to him, it understood it didn’t have to find ‘safety’ and that he was safety. Over the next week she should cry less and less as she understands that you are her new family and you give her everything she needs.

How to Stop Kittens from Crying

All who share their lives with cats know that they love sleeping and especially do so in our beds instead of the bed you bought for them. Your bed smells like you, is imbued with your pheromones and is irresistible to your cat. If you care that your feline companion jumps onto your , because of allergies, or because they do not let you sleep, or simply because you don’t find it hygienic that they bring in hair and cat litter tray remnants, on we tell you how to stop your cat from climbing onto your bed.

If you don’t want your feline friend to stop sleeping on your bed, there are ways to achieve that goal. You must not give up and let your cat be boss. You must make it see and understand that the bed is not the best place to sleep or hang out. Do not be afraid because your cat starts to bother you or go away from you, they are very smart and learn to spend time with you in another way.

Every time you see your cat sleeping on your bed, or catch it when it’s just about to jump you, you must say ‘no’ firmly and if it is already sleeping in your bed, you should pick it up and gently remove it. You should not be rude to it or scold it, cats learn better with positive stimuli. So you can lift it out of bed and get him out of the room, you can leave it on the couch or in its bed if you have one.

Buy a bed for your cat and place it in your room so you can sleep together but not in the same bed. If you know your cat, it is looking for a comfortable bed, which it can sit protected as though inside a cave which is even slightly elevated so it can see you. If you see that it does not use the bed, you can get it accustomed to it by leaving some of your clothes inside, your scent will reassure it and make it understand that this place is part of you. It must have a sense of familiarity that makes it feel good. Even go as far as leaving prizes inside, to associate the bed with positive ideas for it.

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Other ways to get your cat does to stop jumping on the bed are more annoying because they involve making noises that it doesn’t like. When you see your cat go to jump onto the bed you can shake a rattle or a can with coins in and watch with patience, it will stop it. Cats really don’t like these sounds, it’s very important that it does not see you make the noise, try to be discreet because if he realizes he will not change his behaviour.

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SAN ANTONIO — Dear Cathy: I’ve had cats all my life but never strictly an indoor cat. We’re in the country and the coyotes like young cats, so this new kitten is not going outside. She is at a very playful stage right now and frequently will run and jump on my legs, claws out, which draws blood. Can I teach her to keep her claws in?

Dear Kay: Kittens are very playful, but some kittens get overexcited and bite and scratch during play. This can be uncomfortable and sometimes painful. Here’s what you can do to redirect that youthful energy.

First, pay attention to what stimulates your kitty. Sometimes, too much petting can make a cat suddenly latch her entire body and claws onto your forearm. As a longtime cat owner, you know what I am talking about here. Watch for signs of overstimulation, like dilated pupils, loud vocalizations and erratic movements, and either give kitty her space or redirect her energy by using a dangly toy to keep her entertained.

Second, while it’s not easy to teach a cat to not use her claws, you definitely can teach her to not use her claws on you. Rub some catnip on a scratching post and then take her over to the scratching post several times a day to encourage her to stretch and scratch it. Reward her with petting (if she will tolerate it), a treat or verbal praise to encourage her to seek out the scratching post again and again. Cats can be trained. Finally, if she manages to latch onto your leg, gently grab the scruff of her neck until she relaxes and lets go. Then put her down on the ground.

If she latches onto other things, like curtains or the couch, spray water or compressed air (the kind used to clean dust on a computer keyboard) over the top of her head (never directly in her face). When this stops the behavior, take her over to the scratching post again to remind her that she has a special place in your home where she can still be a cat.

New program helps seniors with pets: Christian Senior Services recently launched “Animeals,” a volunteer program to provide pet food for pets of low-income seniors through its Meals on Wheels program. It’s not uncommon for low-income pet owners to share part of their meal with their pets if they can’t afford pet food.

This new program will ensure everyone’s tummy is full. People can donate money or pet food to Christian Senior Services for distribution. Volunteers also are needed to bag pet food, coordinate delivery routes and make the monthly deliveries to homes. For more info on the “Animeals” program, check out my blog, Animals Matter, or call Christian Senior Services at 210-735-5115.

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Cathy M. Rosenthal

Cathy M. Rosenthal has worked for both local animal shelters and national humane groups for more than 25 years. She also is a freelance writer for newspapers, magazines and nonprofit organizations, focusing solely on animal issues, pet behavior and the human/animal bond. Cathy is the author of several children’s books on pet care.

How to Stop Kittens from Crying

If your cat is a chronic meower — we’re talking long, loud, and irritating meows, not cute little kitten chirps — they could be trying to tell you something, or they may just be seeking attention from you. Either way, having a screaming kitty isn’t exactly ideal. If your cat is of the vocal variety and this behavior is one you’re looking to put an end to, keep reading to learn what could be going on with your fur baby and how to proceed.

What to Consider If Your Cat Won’t Stop Meowing

First and foremost, make sure your cat has food, water, and a clean litter box. They could simply be communicating to you that they want something to be done about one of those basic things. If the meowing is a new issue and your cat seems less chatty and more irritated, consider a trip to the vet. When cats are vocal, they are usually trying to communicate something to us. In this case, the reason could be that they aren’t feeling right, so check with your vet to make sure they’re healthy.

However, if you’re pretty sure the answer is none of the above, then they’re likely just trying to get you to fuss over them, and there are a few things you can do to get them to stop being so chatty.

How to Get Your Cat to Stop Meowing

First, figure out when your cat is not meowing, and if there’s a pattern. Is it a certain time of day or during a certain activity? If you pay attention to them, do they continue to meow? When do they start up again? Then, try to find a way to continue whatever activity stops the meowing (for example, if your kitty usually meows right after you stop playing with them, get some new games for them to amuse themselves with — they probably want to keep playing!).

Many times, cats are meowing purely for attention, exactly at a time when we can’t pay full attention to them. You could definitely try to ignore them while they’re being particularly chatty, but they probably won’t stop immediately. That can obviously be very frustrating and makes it hard not to pay attention to them, so you’ll likely end up giving in to whatever it seems they want, thus continuing a behavior cycle.

You need to try to break the cycle! If your cat (or any pet) gets a response from you by doing something like meowing or scratching, they will simply repeat that action again and again to continue getting a response. The first rule of thumb is to avoid directly responding to your cat’s meowing, whether it be petting them, shushing them, or something else — any reaction counts, even if it isn’t a positive one. If your cat continues to meow, try a time out. Shut the door to the room you are in, and when they stop meowing they can come out to play. If they meow again, back outside the door they go. Eventually, a new behavior chain will form for them, and they’ll realize that meowing gets them shut out of the room. More than anything else, this will take time and patience, but it’s definitely possible to achieve (even with a mischievous kitty).

My roommate and I live in an apartment with two kittens (probably about 6-8 months old). Their food and kitty litter is in our bedroom, so we have to allow them in the room while we sleep. This is not to mention that we enjoy having our cats sleep with us at night (even though they often decide to play on us while we sleep). Lately, one of the two male cats, Gizmo, has been waking up at around 7am and incessantly crying. We are college students and haven’t been planning on getting up for another couple hours. However, if one of us does decide to wake up, he doesn’t want/need anything other than to follow us around. We feed our kittens right before we go to bed, so they shouldn’t be hungry. The kittens play with each other throughout the night and have plenty of toys. The kitty litter is in our room, so that shouldn’t be an issue. Also, we haven’t noticed odd behavior at other times or any painful reactions to anything that he might be doing in the night (such as playing or using the litter). We don’t understand what he might want from us.

To keep him from waking us up at 7am, we have tried:

– leaving the bedroom door open or opening it when he cries. Unfortunately, he just goes out and then comes back in to cry at us some more. If we lock him outside of the room, which we don’t really want to do because his food/litter is in there, he just cries outside of the door.

– spraying him with a squirt bottle when he cries. Unfortunately, he only runs away momentarily and then comes back about 10 seconds later and cries about being wet.

– playing with them a lot before bedtime so that they are tired. We have played with catnip, but they don’t get much of a thrill out of it.

– ignoring it, but that is basically impossible.

His crying just makes us bitter in the morning and we can’t love him for a long while. Our apartment is small and we aren’t supposed to have the kittens, so we don’t have anywhere else to put their food and litter. Plus, we kind of enjoy having our two sleeping buddies, when they are sleeping. Throughout the rest of the day, we shower these kittens with affection. They put such a smile on our faces, but this morning ritual is getting ridiculous. We have run out of ideas how to make the early morning wake up call stop.

Do you have any suggestions for making our kitten stop crying??

How to Stop Kittens from Crying

People often cry at funerals, during sad movies, and when listening to sad songs. But other people may find themselves crying while having heated conversations with others, confronting someone they’re angry with, or talking about something important.

This kind of crying can cause embarrassment and confusion. The good news is that with time, you can learn how to control it.

You should also ask yourself if your crying really is a problem. Sometimes, through our tears we release emotions that are penned up and need to be expressed. There are times when crying can help you to actually feel better.

If you cry a lot, you may feel self-conscious. It may feel like people are taking you less seriously when they see you cry, or you may feel weak (which isn’t really true).

But if you cry a lot, it may mean you’re having difficulty dealing with your stress. Or you might feel helpless when stuck in certain situations or talking to certain people. Or, according to research , you might be stressed out by, or have trouble reading, people’s facial expressions.

Learning how to control your stress can sometimes help you better control your tears. Here are some tips to help you stop crying quickly:

  1. Tilt your head up slightly to prevent tears from falling. The tears will collect at the bottom of your eyelids so they don’t run down your face. This can stop the flow of tears and redirect your focus.
  2. Pinch yourself on the skin between your thumb and pointer finger — the pain might distract you from crying.
  3. Tense up your muscles, which can make your body and brain feel more confident and in-control, according to scientists.
  4. Make a neutral face, which can calm the person you’re talking to and make it less likely they’ll put on an expression that triggers your tears. Scientists have found that neutral faces trigger less brain activity than facial expressions exhibiting specific emotions.
  5. Physically step back from a stressful situation, such as a heated conversation.
  6. Focus on controlling your breathing. Consciously attempt to take in deep breaths and slowly exhale. This may help you to feel more calm, reduce your overall feelings of stress, and decrease your chances of starting (or continuing) crying.
  7. Blink rapidly if you’ve already started crying to help clear away tears so they don’t roll down your face.
  8. Do not blink if you feel like you might cry, this can prevent tears from falling.
  9. Change your thoughts and frame of mind. If you feel stressed out and like you will start crying, divert your attention from your worries and tears, and instead think of something else — a happy moment, a funny scene from a movie, or something you’re proud of — that will distract you.

Crying is something that everyone does. But if you feel like you’re crying too much, you might be too easily overwhelmed by stress, or you may have another issue going on, such as a depressive disorder. You can begin by focusing on reducing the stress in your life to reduce your crying. You can get a handle on your stress by taking these steps to identify, confront, and deal with the stress in your life:

  • Identify what is causing your stress (and your crying): Is it a personal issue, your environment, the people around you, or something else?
  • Reduce the number of things you commit to. Overscheduling is a major cause of stress in many people’s lives. Look at your calendar and think about what activities, obligations, or events you could cut out to help reduce your overall stress.
  • Stay on top of your obligations. Tight deadlines and procrastination can increase stress. Prevent stress by staying on top of your work and setting more realistic goals for yourself if you feel pressed for time when trying to complete projects.
  • Ask for help when you need it. Determine which people in your life — friends, family, and coworkers —you can call on for help coping with your stress.
  • Find a hobby. Enjoyable activities such as art, music, or volunteering can help reduce your overall stress level. Noncompetitive activities such as reading, fishing, or gardening are often the best at relieving stress.
  • Use relaxation techniques. Deep breathing, stretching, visualizing a peaceful scene, and repeating a mantra can help calm your brain and body when you feel stressed.
  • Make sure you get enough sleep. A lack of sleep can make it more likely that your emotions will get the better of you when you’re stressed. Most adults require seven to nine hours of sleep per night.

If you’re having trouble dealing with your stress, or you find yourself crying all the time, you might be dealing with a mental health condition such as major depression or bipolar disorder. These are serious mental health conditions that require medical treatment. If you’re concerned, see your mental healthcare provider right away for help.

Crying is a natural response to emotional situations. But some people cry more than others, and crying excessively can be uncomfortable. However, there are many things you can do to decrease the likelihood that you will start or continue crying. And there are things you can do at home to reduce the likelihood that you’ll start crying the next time you encounter a stressful situation. You should also know when to reach out to your doctor for help.

Next time you feel like you’re going to cry, or if you’ve started to tear up, remember that there are things you can do to stop your crying. Use these tips and confront the stressful situations in your life knowing you don’t have to cry, and if you start, you can control it. You don’t have to let your tears hold you back from being taken seriously or expressing your needs during difficult conversations.

Last medically reviewed on October 10, 2017

She has a liter on March 20th. We gave the kittens away at 8wks exactly. Now the past 2 days she wont stop crying for them! I feel HORRIBLE! Can I help her?

13 Answers

How to Stop Kittens from Crying

She is crying for her kittens since the kittens are not weaned yet.

They are able to nourish on solid food already – but from their mom’s point of view it was to early.

A cat mother would have her kittens weaned when they are 12 weeks of age.

Also the kittens learn value skills from their mother and siblings until they are 12 weeks of age.

In nature, even weaned kittens would stay for several more weeks with their mother and siblings to learn even more crucial skills until they go their own ways when they are 6 months old.

So what you have done to your cat is equal to someone coming to a parent’s home and taking away their children aged 12 – telling the parents that the kids are old enough to move on.

They are old enough to manage the situation – even if it’s not good for their socialization and not for the parents who have no idea where their children end up.

And yes, get your cat spayed.

It’s true that kittens will find new homes soon – but many humans are not aware that it’s a long term responsibility for 15 years and longer. Many cats end up in shelters as soon as they are not that funny anymore, the first vacation is planned and no place for the cat, the next landlord does not allow pets, the kittens get declawed and start biting or become unclean, .

Each year 6 to 8 Milliion cats and dogs enter pet shelters across the USA – only 50 % are adopted out. The other 3 to 4 million cats and dogs face death penalty for the crime which is called “being born”.

The shelter staff is just doing the “dirty job” because otherwise they can not manage the amount of thrown away pets.