Cats are mysterious creatures. One of the chief delights of having a cat is watching it find new ways to be silly and weird. Kitties can also be very vocal. Chances are, you’ve heard your cat being quite noisy and wondered, “Why is my cat meowing?” There are lots of reasons for why cats meow. Some cats are chatty kitties and may meow for anything from hunger to simply saying hello, while other felines may be more the strong, silent type – but it’s important to pay attention to these seemingly random noises as meows can tell you a lot about your cat’s health.
Though the reason your cat may be meowing can vary greatly, it’s important to know that when cats do meow it’s to communicate with YOU. While dogs are pack animals who depend on communication to interact with each other, cats are solitary animals and developed vocalizing largely to communicate with humans (when they do meow at other cats it’s usually to avert them). So what are they saying? Here are a few reasons your cat may be meowing.
Illness or pain
If you notice your cat’s meows suddenly becoming more frequent, louder or at unusual times, they could be signaling to you that they are hurt. Cats can be very good at hiding the fact that they are sick and meowing may be their way alerting you that they aren’t feeling well. Observe your cat closely for additional signs of illness including loss of appetite, lethargy, withdrawal or hiding and change in temperament.
As your furry feline ages, you may notice that they are becoming disoriented or having trouble with their eyesight or hearing. This can cause your cat to meow loudly when they are confused, frustrated or just plain lost.
Cats do not deal well with change and anything from moving to a new house, introducing a new pet or family member to the household, or even just moving around the furniture can cause some cats to be stressed out. Increased meowing may be a sign of just how displeased they are with the situation. Make sure to try to relieve their anxiety as much as possible by carefully introducing them to any new members or ensuring their comfort with familiar objects.
If you happen to be late to dinner time, your kitten may be ready and waiting at the food bowls with a chorus of meows to chide you. Like many animals, your cat thrives on routine and if you aren’t feeding them at the same time expect an angry kitten. Make sure you are feeding your cat plenty of food for their weight and activity level and maintaining a routine.
Sometimes you may just have a chatty cat. Whether they are saying hello or responding to you when you talk to them, some cats just love a good meow.
If you feel that your cat is meowing excessively from illness, pain or troubles with age make an appointment with ZippiVet immediately. Meowing from pain could alert your vet to a variety of problems – from thyroid and kidney illnesses to teeth or mouth issues. The vets and vet techs at ZippiVet will be able give your cat a full check up and provide solutions to any health issues as well as provide recommendations for aging and stress issues.
Spring has sprung and summer is just around the corner making it the perfect time to welcome a bouncing new pet into the family. April is chock full of plenty of events to pick up a pet of your own or donate to one of Austin’s many, amazing animal shelters and foster homes. Check it out:
Fri. April 22, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Stop by Natural Grocers on 10115 N. Mopac Expressway to celebrate Earth Day and check out Austin Pets Alive! and some Earth loving adoptable pets.
Sat. April 23, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The Sweetwater Wildflower Festival wouldn’t be so sweet without some lovable pups. Stop by for family fun, wildflowers and to meet some of Austin Pets Alive! great adoptable pets.
Sat. April 23, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Check out the Tomlinson’s Pet Store located on Circle C to meet some the amazing new pups at Austin Dog Rescue.
Wed. April 27, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Texas Humane Heroes hosts the 11th annual Dog Leg Classic competitive golf experience. Sign up as a player, a team or just come along for the special happy hour featuring cover band More Cowbell. All proceeds go towards helping homeless dogs in Austin!
Sat. April 30th, 12 – 3 p.m.
Looking for the perfect reading buddy? Stop by the Half Price Books on North Lamar for a special meet and greet with Austin Dog Rescue.
As a pup parent you probably buy healthy dog food, take your dog to annual vet visits and the groomer, and make sure they get plenty of exercise – but are you neglecting one of the most important parts of taking care of your dog? Dental diseases, such as periodontal disease, are the most common diseases afflicting dogs today. Pet dental care is vitally important for your pet’s overall well-being and one that owners frequently neglect
Why is pet dental care important?
Nearly 8 out of 10 dogs are diagnosed with dental diseases by the time they are three years old. These troublesome diseases are caused by an aggressive build up of tartar on the teeth and gums and can result in:
- bad breath
- excessive drooling
- pain when eating or chewing
- refusal to eat
- weight loss
- some bacterias can even travel to the kidney, liver and heart to become fatal
While these conditions are treatable, advanced dental disease may require extensive treatment or surgery, resulting in you having to spend big money on something that can be prevented with regular care and attention.
How do I keep my pets’ teeth healthy?
Just like humans, the best way to avoid dental disease in dogs is by taking care of your pup’s pearly whites. Proper dental care today will help avoid future issues and save your pup a lot of pain and you a lot of money. ZippiVet offers full service dental care including:
- comfortable, affordable cleanings
- dental exams for pups as young as 8 weeks old
- advanced treatment options and oral surgery
- tips and tricks for at home cleaning
Why don’t people take care of their pets’ teeth?
For many pet owners, dental care is viewed as a luxury. Cleanings at the vet can cost hundreds of dollars and most dogs aren’t exactly excited to have their teeth brushed at home. As part of our mission to provide the best possible care for dogs and cats in Austin, ZippiVet includes dental care in our ZippiCare plans. For $39.95 a month, animals enrolled in ZippiCare receive a full yearly dental treatment (which includes comprehensive blood work, anesthesia, cleaning and radiographs) as well as all of their veterinary needs – parasite control, vaccines and boosters, and unlimited exams!