My Cat Meows and Cries Like Crazy

Your Siamese cat Mimi has been raising the roof with her almost-constant meowing and crying. Of course, cats meow all the time, but they mostly seem to be vocalizing about their food or territory issues. At some point, the cat either gets what they want or moves on to another challenge. However, sweet little Mimi keeps going at all hours of the day (and night). You’ve heard that high-energy cat breeds, like Mimi, are more likely to engage in this excessive vocalization behavior. While that’s an interesting fact, it won’t help you sleep at night. You’ve asked your Walnut veterinarian to figure out what’s behind Mimi’s noisy antics and make her stop…quickly. Learn more about Mimi’s loud-mouthed activities below.

What’s Behind the Racket

Like other murky problems, Mimi’s mouthy behavior might be caused by an undiscovered medical condition. Or, perhaps Mimi has been separated from a favorite feline or human companion, and she’s in emotional distress.

On the other hand, Mimi craves attention; and perhaps she thinks meowing and crying will get you to notice her. Or, Mimi might be locked in a territory battle, if you have several cats trying to assert control over your house.

Straightforward Symptoms

Mimi’s meowing and crying pretty much comprises her entire objectionable behavior. Since Mimi has just turned 11, she’ll soon become a senior feline lady; and this means she’ll be even more likely to crank up her voice for those meowing marathons. If Mimi were a breeding-age female, she’d most likely meow and scream like a banshee during those episodes.

Solve the Meowing Mystery

To test for a medical problem, your vet will first give Mimi a complete physical exam. He’ll also request a urinalysis, along with a Complete Blood Count, a Chemical Blood Profile, and an electrolyte panel. He can also request other tests as needed.

If your vet suspects behavioral issues, he’ll ask about recent incidents that might have spurred Mimi’s undesirable antics. He’ll also ask if Mimi has any history of behavioral problems.

Targeted Treatment

If your vet determines that Mimi has an underlying medical problem, he’ll resolve that issue first. Then, he’ll probably ask you not to reinforce Mimi’s behavior, either by comforting her or punishing her. When Mimi finally calms down, reward her for that more acceptable behavior. Also, ask your vet if Mimi has a behavior-related condition that can be helped by medication or cat obedience training.

Your Walnut vet will keep close tabs on Mimi’s treatment program, and he might fine-tune the plan based on her responses to initial treatment. Just like you, he’ll be pleased when Mimi stops her constant meowing and you can get some sleep.

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