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I Need Your Help . . . Cat Constantly Meows!

This post comes to us from the Pet Peeves group from member strwbrrysport.

My pet peeve is with our cat.  Ever since we moved from a small one bedroom apartment to a house, she will go into our basement and sit down there and meow constantly. It's almost like she forgot where she went. We've lived in the house for four months now, and this has been going on since we moved in. She'll just sit down in the basement and meow, then finally come running up the stairs. When you go to see what she's doing, she's just sitting in the middle of the floor staring up at you. It's kind of a cute serenade, but it's getting annoying. Please help us figure out why she is doing this!

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facecandyblog facecandyblog 7 years
We just moved into a new house. The old owner had a dog. Our one cat wakes up at like 6 am, goes downstairs and meows her head off. My husband goes and feeds her but she still meows. Usually if we both get up and go downstairs she stops but.. it's super annoying.
Akasha Akasha 7 years
My cat does this when I leave a room while he's asleep, and when he wake up he cant' find me. My male has been with us for almost 4 years, but I found him in a bush before he was fully weened. We think he got separated from his mother, and he squawks (he has never been able to get a good howl in) whenever he can't find someone fast enough,and panics that everyone has left him. We already had a cat when he joined the family and she will usually start howling for him or go and find him if he keeps it up too long. It's pretty funny. My female will sit by the bathroom door and howl if I close it. Normally it's not that long, but if I'm in there taking a shower she really gets into a tissy. It might just be just be that the cat feels a little lost in his new surroundings. Generally calling for the cat will help.
Hanahin Hanahin 7 years
My 2 cats r always following some thing on the wall !! they will stair at it & keep mewing so load !! so creepy !!
strwbrrysport strwbrrysport 7 years
@anonymous her previous owners a long time ago got rid of her because she didn't get along with the other pets in the household.. I'm afraid of getting another cat and her despising it. @nikki815 I'll have to look into Feliway sounds promising.
nikki815 nikki815 7 years
Well, that's all good news. There is a product called Feliway. Its a synthetic pheromone. Its supposed to ease anxiety and such. I def suggest trying it. I am pretty sure you can get it at most pet stores, I think thats where we got out first one, but then order online cuz its cheaper. It seemed to calm our 7 and 11 yr olds who always fought over sleeping in a certain area. They still dont share or sleep next to each other, but they sleep in the same vicinity which is good enough.
strwbrrysport strwbrrysport 7 years
Thanks @nikki815 she's eating normally, and going to the bathroom in her litter box, not in the house anywhere.
nikki815 nikki815 7 years
Hi there. I am the hoomin for 3 cats, ages 7, 9 and 11. My 9yr old does that occassionaly before he poops, so we think it something similar to dogs digging or spinning in circles (my grandma's dog always did that) before they go. With the 11yr old, it was more common. We thought he just liked to hear his echo, but it turned out he had rather frequent, but mild, UTIs caused by crystals in his urine. During one of the vet visits, we also found out he has a thyroid imbalance which could account for part of the compulsion to meow/howl. After he was treated, we started to feel bad for ignoring his howls for so long thinking they were normal. Try to determine if this is a "cry" from pain or discomfort, or just talking. If she is eating normally and not peeing in the house, it is probably just what the others have said. If you notice a change in her behavior such as not eating, I would see the vet. It could be something as simple as a furball that reqs a laxative, but, that is causing her discomfort. That being said, my two still howl from time to time, but it is def not as frequent as before. Good luck. Ooh, I almost forgot to mention that the 9yr old also makes this noise of a long mummbled muuurrrrrow when his is playing with one of his toys.
Leilanic1 Leilanic1 7 years
my cats both do that! its really annoying. i'll be in the bathroom and either one of them at different times will start yowling. Then i call them and its like they remember i'm there and come running. or one cat will just cry and cry...but maybe it is because she just wants us to play with her...
strwbrrysport strwbrrysport 7 years
good point @yogaforlife the previous owners did have pets, maybe they kept a cage down there for them or something, not sure. She has a chair she likes to lay on, she just doesn't usually unless we are down there with her.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
I was going to suggest putting a blanket that the cat likes down there - something she finds comforting. Or you could just prevent her from going down there at all. Maybe she smells something down there that alarms her - like if the previous residents kept a pet down there, or if a mouse got in and died somewhere.
TammyO TammyO 7 years
Try giving her Rescue Remedy drops. They have a pet formula, but I hear the formula for people is just as good for animals to calm anxiety.
strwbrrysport strwbrrysport 7 years
She's about 6 years old
eastcoastgirl eastcoastgirl 7 years
She could be mourning something.How old is she? Alot of times they can meow due to senility too.
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