One day you wake up and notice how something happens to your cat. He tries to tell you something, but he can't make a sound. Will you have throat problems? It is certainly a possibility, but there are others that should be kept in mind.
So let's know why doesn't my cat meow, and what we can do to help you recover as soon as possible.
Table of Contents
- 1 When do cats meow?
- 2 The meow of cats, what does it mean?
- 3 My cat meows when alone, why?
- 4 My cat won't stop meowing at the door, what to do?
- 5 My cat meows when it goes to the sand, what is the cause?
- 6 Why do cats meow at night? And how to avoid it?
- 7 Why doesn't my cat meow?
When do cats meow?
The meow is a characteristic sound of cats, but although we find it difficult to believe it, it is one of the skills that they use the least. They start to meow when they are very small, since they are born, although it is true that at such an early age more than a meow is a shriek for their mother to approach them so they can suckle and / or be protected from the cold.
With the passing of the days and especially the weeks, that shriek, that very high-pitched desperate cry, will become a more developed "meow". And as the little ones continue to grow, they will use oral language whenever they want / seek / need something.
The meow of cats, what does it mean?
In the same way that humans use different words to express ourselves, cats use different tones of voice. Thus, for example we know that:
- Long low meow, like a howl: It is a threat sound, to try to avoid a major conflict (fights) that could end badly.
- Snarl: be it short or long. They do it for the same reason as the previous one, but in this case, it is more common for the most fearful cats to do it.
- Scream of pain: It is a very high-pitched, sudden, and very loud scream. They do it when they feel pain (for example, when a human steps on it accidentally) or after mating.
- »Miaou» to dry: a short meow, normal tone of voice (neither high-pitched nor low-pitched). It does not have a single meaning: it can be a simple greeting, or that you want someone's attention, or that you meow because you have seen something.
- Short but continuous meows: Some may be a little longer, but the tone of voice is cheerful, it is a bit sharp. It is what they emit when they know that we are going to give them a special meal (can of wet food for example), or when they are very happy to see us.
My cat meows when alone, why?
When a cat meows when feeling lonely, he does it precisely to stop being it. The meow becomes a wake-up call, a "come to my side" or "don't leave me alone." If he is older, that is, if he is ten years old or older, he may be senile dementia.
My cat won't stop meowing at the door, what to do?
If it is the front door to the home ...
If it is an animal that at some point in its life has been abroad, that feeling of freedom will never forget it. Therefore, when he meows at the door, it is usually because he wants to leave. Then, to avoid getting frustrated, what you need to do is spend quality time with him, play with him for at least one hour a day, let him accompany us to the sofa while we watch television or rest,… In short, let's make life with him.
If it is any other door in the house ...
No cat likes closed doors, since you need to control your »territory», in full. This gives you security. So if he meows at the doors inside the house, and unless there is something dangerous for him in that closed room, open them 😉.
My cat meows when it goes to the sand, what is the cause?
The issue of sand and the tray is more complicated than it seems. It is important to understand that cats do not like that their private toilet is right next to the garbage container, or their food, or in a noisy or busy room.
In addition, the more natural sand and the less dust it releases, the better. Let's avoid scented and low-quality ones. It is better to spend a little more than to buy one that does not absorb urine or bad odors. There are several types, and it must be borne in mind that each cat has its preferences, so to avoid spending too much money, I recommend you take a look at the offers that they usually have, especially in online stores of animal products so that you can try .
And by the way don't forget to remove urine and feces every day, and cleaning the tray once a week or so.
But if everything is fine and he still meows, do not hesitate to take him to the vet as we could be talking about some cystitis or infection.
Why do cats meow at night? And how to avoid it?
There are two possible reasons:
- It's mating season, with which the non-neutered cats will be in heat and the cats will try to find them.
- or is it that they feel lonely.
If it is the former, they can be castrated (that is, the reproductive glands removed) and thus they will no longer have that need to mate. But if it's the latter, you have to do what we said before: spend quality time with them.
Why doesn't my cat meow?
There are several causes:
He is sick
Cats and humans share some diseases, and one of them is laryngitis, which causes an inflammation of the throat. If you eat or drink something that is too cold, especially if you do it in autumn or winter, the risk that you will end up with aphonia is very high. Now, the normal thing is that it happens in a few days.
Another reason may be that it is stressed. Yes, it may seem a bit strange, but a high degree of stress will cause your friend to lose his voice. If you hear a hoarse meow, this is likely their way of responding to a change in their routine and / or environment. For example, if there is a new member of the family, or if you are moving, it may show symptoms of illness ... even and being healthy. This means that, in addition to aphonia, you may have vomiting, diarrhea, and / or loss of appetite.
However, sometimes it happens that the aphonia of the cat does not stop. It will be then that we have to worry, since you may have a disease that needs to be treated. One cause of a serious respiratory infection is the inhalation of irritating gases, so it must be taken to the vet for examination and appropriate treatment.
In no case will you be self-medicated, since medicines for humans can be deadly for him. Remember that, if it lasts more than 5-6 days, it is advisable to have it examined by a specialist.
It is a cat that does not meow
There are cats that do not meow, or that do it but in a very low tone of voice, or that are simply not talkative. This does not mean that they are sick. And, although there are furry ones that meow a lot, there are others that may be shy or have gotten used to not meowing.
Thus, if we adopt a cat that, although it has lived with a family, it did not pay much attention to it, or if it is an animal that has been on the street, it is normal that it does not meow or do so very occasionally. I will even tell you that my cats, Sasha and Keisha, you will only hear them meow in a perfectly audible tone of voice when they hear the word "latita"; and my cat Bug when he really wants to play (and has his stuffed duck in his mouth). The rest of the day, nothing. You can already call them in a desperate way, they will not meow. More than once I have taken the mobile to see if they are really in the house or not (the cats carry a GPS necklace).
So nothing. Do not worry. If it is a cat that has always meowed and suddenly stops, or starts to be hoarse, or you suspect that it is sick, then take it to the vet; but if you have never done it and lead a completely normal life, nothing happens.