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Help please - my Loud cat

I have a problem with my cat "talking" all the time and howling when he wants something or wants his way. I would please like any new ideas from the experienced cat people on the forum, as my neighbors have started to complain. He is that loud.

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I adopted my cat when he was about 9 weeks old. (or he adopted me

He was sick and injured but still full of life and playful. He had to go through a lot to get well but he was very quiet. In fact, I was worried he could not speak but then my little girl accidentally stepped on his tail and and he cried. He has a sweet loving personality and even though he had to go to the vets often, he was always calm and quiet.

At about 6 months he started talking more. My vet said that he looked like he could be part asian breed and they are talkers. He is now a year old and he constantly makes noise. It is like he gives a running commentary on what he is doing. He makes squeeks, and grunts and walks around meowing most of the day.

Kitty: " I am going to my box" "I am getting some water" " I am heading to the bedroom" " I am looking for my ball" " I found my ball" " I am heading to my tree" "Where are the kids, I want to play"

I think you get the idea.

When he does not get his way, he looks at me and starts howling while walking - VERY LOUD. He sleeps in a basket in my room, and if I am late going to bed he sits in his basket and howls. My neighbors say they can hear him and wonder what is wrong with him. He does sleeps through the night and only starts to howl when the alarm goes off for his breakfast.

He gets a lot of attention from my two children and me, as we are always home. He gets played with a lot and he has a lot of toys. He loves to play with the children and if they are playing he is always with them. (playing with legos, puzzle pieces etc) He is not solitary and is always in the middle of things. He does not sleep much during the day.

I have taken him to the vet and he told me he is is very healthy. I had the blood and urine tested and it was all normal.

I am not an expert on cats, and I worry I have made him talk more because he is so integrated in the family and spoiled.

Please any ideas on how to make him more quiet would be appreciated.
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What a sweetie!!!

Have you had his hearing checked? He could be going deaf, there are very high rates of deafness in white cats and any I have come across tended to be talky too...
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Re: Help please - my Loud cat

Not a cat expert but your post made me chuckle as it reminds me of my dog when he doesnt get his way/being told off.

It was quite funny at first, like a petulant teenager talking back but I've learnt that he should never get the last "word" in. It became a battle of wills stopping him as I kept saying "accck!" when he howls in retaliation when being told off. Worked - he still protests but he shuts up now after being told "acccck!" a couple of times. Previously, we could ping pong the "accck!" and "awwwwooo" at least ten times

Might not work on cats, but you can try?
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I had a female Siamese cat once and she constantly talked too. I think it is just the way they are, talkative.. Even more so when in heat alright
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I have always found this website very informative.

Hypervocalization in cats is not a healthy sign, I think.

What a cute little fellow you have.
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Hello
I have two cats who are very vocal. They are British short haired so not Asian breed.

My cats talk to me when I wake up, when they want attention and if they want something.

The main thing I was advised was as long as they have water, food and clean litter. That they are getting a balanced amount of attention then they are OK. But word of warning. If ny cats cry for attention when I have just been with them. I give them a firm shsh. Also, don't respond to the talking. I made that mistake by talking back. Don't. It encourages them.

Some cats are more chatted than others. Your cat seems tooooo chatty Abdul perhaps needs telling.

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I have a problem with my cat "talking" all the time and howling when he wants something or wants his way. I would please like any new ideas from the experienced cat people on the forum, as my neighbors have started to complain. He is that loud.

The background:

I adopted my cat when he was about 9 weeks old. (or he adopted me

He was sick and injured but still full of life and playful. He had to go through a lot to get well but he was very quiet. In fact, I was worried he could not speak but then my little girl accidentally stepped on his tail and and he cried. He has a sweet loving personality and even though he had to go to the vets often, he was always calm and quiet.

At about 6 months he started talking more. My vet said that he looked like he could be part asian breed and they are talkers. He is now a year old and he constantly makes noise. It is like he gives a running commentary on what he is doing. He makes squeeks, and grunts and walks around meowing most of the day.

Kitty: " I am going to my box" "I am getting some water" " I am heading to the bedroom" " I am looking for my ball" " I found my ball" " I am heading to my tree" "Where are the kids, I want to play"

I think you get the idea.

When he does not get his way, he looks at me and starts howling while walking - VERY LOUD. He sleeps in a basket in my room, and if I am late going to bed he sits in his basket and howls. My neighbors say they can hear him and wonder what is wrong with him. He does sleeps through the night and only starts to howl when the alarm goes off for his breakfast.

He gets a lot of attention from my two children and me, as we are always home. He gets played with a lot and he has a lot of toys. He loves to play with the children and if they are playing he is always with them. (playing with legos, puzzle pieces etc) He is not solitary and is always in the middle of things. He does not sleep much during the day.

I have taken him to the vet and he told me he is is very healthy. I had the blood and urine tested and it was all normal.

I am not an expert on cats, and I worry I have made him talk more because he is so integrated in the family and spoiled.

Please any ideas on how to make him more quiet would be appreciated.
Thanks in advance
A lovely cat I love it when they talk to you! My friend has a Burmese and it talks to her none stop which I find amusing, but if I lived with it, I'm sure it would annoy me!

You could try feeding him cat mint which makes them chill out!

I wouldn't worry too much, just explain to your neighbour there's nothing wrong with him, he just likes a good chat
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Re: Help please - my Loud cat

Hi, Thanks for the support and suggestions. Yes he is castrated. My vet checked his hearing and it is good. I can tell too as if I touch the cat food tab and he is in the bedroom he comes running like a shot!

I will check out the web site. He was howling a minute ago and I did the ssh at him - it was like a battle just as the poster discribed, then he went lower like he was scolded - still talking but a quieter grumble grumble sound.
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I also heard that asian breeds talk a lot.
One of my own cats, which are both British shorthairs, also talks quite a lot. Not when he is just doing his daily routine, but when you look at him or talk to him he will (also) talk. He is over 1 year old and he still makes the kitten sound and being bigger than his steph sister, who is almost 2 years old, that's really weird
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Re: Help please - my Loud cat

There are talkative breeds and non-talkative breeds of cats. Lucky for me, I had my cat snipped very young (didn't have a choice as is sometimes the case), which means "the balls" didn't drop and so he has a broken meow. It is awesome. He opens his mouth and a whisper comes out.

Anyway, sorry. I have a friend who has two very talkative cats and I think it comes from you acknowledging them talking to you. The more you talk to him while he is meowing, the more he is going to meow back. There is usually nothing wrong with a cat that is very vocal. It is just a personality thing (same with humans--no?).

So I would recommend ignoring/discouraging his meows and changing his routine so that he knows you are boss. And everyone in your house must be firm with the "training". Whatever you decide to try (to get him to stop meowing), everyone in your house must also follow suit so that the response to his meowing is consistent. In the first few days, it may be painful, but it will work to hopefully quiet him down a bit. Honestly, as with most other living things, once a talker, always a talker.

Tell your neighbors to bugger off and mind their own business. If you have checked with the vet, then you have proof you are "taking good care" of your lovely cat. Good luck but don't be too hard on him. Enjoy his internal monologue being external...
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There are talkative breeds and non-talkative breeds of cats. Lucky for me, I had my cat snipped very young (didn't have a choice as is sometimes the case), which means "the balls" didn't drop and so he has a broken meow. It is awesome. He opens his mouth and a whisper comes out.
Our Socky was like that. All he could produce was a croaky, strained whisper.
Lollipop, however, is quite the chatterbox. Chirping if you even so much as approach her, and miaowing loudly. Particularly in the mornings when she thinks everyone else should be awake.
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Maybe he wants a cat friend to talk to. The only problem may be you get double the conversation.
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Not a cat expert but your post made me chuckle as it reminds me of my dog when he doesnt get his way/being told off.

It was quite funny at first, like a petulant teenager talking back but I've learnt that he should never get the last "word" in. It became a battle of wills stopping him as I kept saying "accck!" when he howls in retaliation when being told off. Worked - he still protests but he shuts up now after being told "acccck!" a couple of times. Previously, we could ping pong the "accck!" and "awwwwooo" at least ten times

Might not work on cats, but you can try?

I found out that this actually works. I have three cats and while two of them say "meow" nice and softly, this annoying one says "AAAAAAAW". Saying "kssss" loudly stops him sometimes. But thats a bit difficult to say when im in bed with OH sleeping next to me and the little s*** "AAAAAAAAAAW"ing behind a closed door. The amount of times i had to get up and tell him off so i could get some sleep...
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I've recently had to deal with such a challenge with two like minded felines.

Thankfully, the owner is away alot and I can sneak over for lunch to train them without her knowing. Here is what I find works:

1) A water gun. Squirt at every sound, even when he is purring.

2) Crunching up a tranquilizer in their food. Sometimes, that is the only way I can get a good sleep.

3) Let him run around outside. Cats tend to think they run the roost and throwing them to the wilds of Swiss society can scare them straight.

4) I have started to investigate cat vocal cord removal surgery. As with most medical procedures in Switzerland, it can be quite expensive. Thankfully, there is a do it yourself video on you tube. Just be sure to sterilize the knife. You want to silence the little bugger, not kill him.

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Re: Help please - my Loud cat

Hi

I thought I would give an update on my lovely but loud cat.

I tried the water gun but that made him run and howl.

I tried the shhh shhh each time, but what seems to help with the howling is making the Akkk sound to the howl. It is now still a test of wills but it is fewer times he argues (he still gets the last word but it is very low grumble.)

He has done no howls today (which is the first time)
He still is very talkative, but I think that is his personality. He has made the connection that when he howls he gets AKKKed at, and quiets down.

Thanks for your ideas. He is a real sweetie and if he stops howling completely it will be much nicer for me and the neighbors.
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I don't believe there is anything you can do about it. Just like some humans he is a talker and likes to tell you what he's up to and remind you that he is the boss!
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Hi

I thought I would give an update on my lovely but loud cat.

I tried the water gun but that made him run and howl.

I tried the shhh shhh each time, but what seems to help with the howling is making the Akkk sound to the howl. It is now still a test of wills but it is fewer times he argues (he still gets the last word but it is very low grumble.)

He has done no howls today (which is the first time)
He still is very talkative, but I think that is his personality. He has made the connection that when he howls he gets AKKKed at, and quiets down.

Thanks for your ideas. He is a real sweetie and if he stops howling completely it will be much nicer for me and the neighbors.
Fantastic! Thats great to hear. Cats and dogs arent that different afterall!

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such a sweet cat! my cat only makes those sweet noises when he misses me and sees me after a long time, other than that every time when he realizes I'm gonna give him some meat
I know you are a bit bored of his constant talk but I still wish mine would talk as much
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