Blabbermouth Cats

June 30, 2013

Is your cat a talker?  We used to live with two of them and quickly learned that it was better to appreciate their efforts to communicate with us, because we certainly couldn’t stop them.

Abby, a Talkative CatAbby would meow only when someone entered the kitchen, because she could smell human food a mile away.

Bella, on the other hand, talked all day long.  She was always looking for a warm lap to sit on and would pace back and forth, “talking” to emphasize her need.  She even meowed incessantly at the front door, hoping someone would open it, even though she was not allowed to go outside.

Supposedly, the most talkative breeds are the Oriental, like Siamese, Burmese or Tonkinese, and that fit Abby who was a Siamese mix.  But Bella was something else.  She fit the description of a Ragdoll in looks and behavior, except for that mouth!  She talked more than any cat should.

Cats communicate with us and with other cats by meowing, purring, and a variety of other sounds.  Some, like Abby, only “talk” for food; others may want to go outside or just want attention and like to be heard.  Medical problems can also cause excessive vocalization.  Cats in pain or suffering from neurological issues or hearing or vision loss may express themselves in loud voices.

Grieving cats may express their feelings by excessive talking.  In this case, try to keep her daily schedule as normal as possible and shower her with attention.  Given time, she should settle down.

If your cat talks too much and her veterinarian has ruled out any possible health causes, it’s time to try to solve the mystery of “why.”  If she talks for food, don’t feed her unless it is her normal meal time.  Rewarding her with treats is guaranteed to create more vocal demands from your little princess.

When a cat talks excessively to gain attention, do not give in to her demands.  Cats are intelligent and will quickly learn that a loud mouth reaps rewards if she is persistent.  Ignore her when she makes her vocal demands and when she becomes quiet, reward her with a treat and lavish her with affection.

If your cat is yowling to go outside and you don’t intend to allow this, you must ignore her cries.  Provide her with a good view of the outside, either a window or screened porch, where she can watch the world go by.  You might also distract her with a cat puzzle filled with treats that will require her to use her brain to get to the goodies.

We installed a swinging pet door in our back door, so the cats would have free access to our screened lanai.  They lounged around and watched the birds at a nearby feeder.

We tried all the suggestions above and while they helped with Abby, I admit that Bella defeated me.  She was a strong-willed kitty!  We just tried to ignore her loud behavior.

Beautiful Bella, a Blabbermouth Cat

Abby was a senior cat when she came to us as a foster, so I knew she wasn’t likely to change her behavior.  But we didn’t give in to her demands.  She received a treat when she stopped begging for food.  She did improve over time.  Mostly, we just tried to love her and overlooked her talkative demands.

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