Why Your Cat is Meowing at Night

Hearing a cat meowing at night is considerably common – but if you are a cat owner and it’s your cat that is meowing (also known as vocalization) at night, it may be a sign that your cat is feeling discomfort and it may be disturbing their rest. Read on to find out why they may be more vocal at night.
How to stop a cat meowing at night
How to stop a cat meowing at night
How to stop a cat meowing at night

Body clock

Your cat’s nocturnal meowing may have much to do with the fact that they are naturally more active at certain hours of the night. Although cats would adapt to their owner’s lifestyle, they are naturally most active at dusk and dawn, especially in the early hours of the morning, when the rest of the house is still asleep.

Younger cats have more tendency to be active at night, as their instincts tell them that this is a great time to hunt. As they mature, though, it is likely that their rhythm will adapt to that of the rest of the household, which hopefully means less meowing at night.

Boredom

Your cat may be vocal at night simply because they are bored – or because they did not manage to tire themselves out during the day. Active play before bedtime may help to ensure that they tire out at night, as well as trying to keep their minds active and happy during the day. Meowing at night can essentially be an attention-seeking behavior. Although it is important to attend to your cat’s needs, constantly giving in to their need for attention at night may lead to them asking for it more frequently.

Silhouette of a cat at night looking at the moon

Illness

If your cat is consistently meowing at night, it’s a good idea to consult with a vet to check up on their health. This is because too much of vocalization, including at night, can be a sign of overactive thyroid or kidney disease in cats.

Ageing

As cats age, it is possible that its effects on the brain can leave your cat disoriented. CDS (Cognitive Disfunction Syndrome) is directly related to the effect of ageing on a cat’s brain, meowing at night being one of the symptoms.

Feeling trapped

If your cat is an outdoor cat during the day, and you keep them indoors at night, there is a good chance that they may be meowing at night because they are feeling trapped. If it is safe, consider letting them out at night so that they are free to use up their energy outside.

Mating

Cat hunting at night meowing

As many of us know through experience, extremely loud screeching and cat meowing at night can be the sound of cats mating. As this is a natural process, other than getting your cat neutered, there is not much that can be done.

What can be done?

First, consider going to the vet’s office, to make sure that there is nothing physically wrong with your cat. Your vet would be able to advice on what you could do to reduce the night meowing. However, things like keeping your cat more active during the day and feeding them later in the evening to keep them stuffed at night may have a positive impact.

Check out our cat body language article on how to tell how your cat is feeling through their body language.