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By Nan Talleno

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Excessive vocalization in cats refers to intensive and excessive meowing, moaning or crying which may occur frequently at various and often unexpected times of the day or night. PetMD states that it can be due to numerous physical conditions including pain, illness, impaired hearing, especially in senior cats, or Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome (CDS) which also occurs in aging cats.

Make sure all your cat’s physical needs are met with sufficient food and water and shelter throughout the day.

It’s important to have your cat checked thoroughly by your vet. Once health problems and medical and neurological conditions are safely ruled out, excessive vocalizing may be due to behavioral issues including stress, fear, grief, conflict or a change in environment or routine. It could also be the result of a cat feeling isolated, frightened or threatened.

Other independent reasons may include an inherent trait of particular feline breeds, a part of the sequence of the mating ritual, or simply a possible characteristic of higher energy cats. In any case, check to see when, where and why your cat is reacting so intensely vocally to see how to proceed from there to help your cat and resolve the issue.

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