How To Stop Pesky Meowing at Night

In case you've had enough of your furry alarm clock

Why is my cat meowing at night? I just want to sleep!

  • Cat Myth #1 Cats are nocturnal (most active at night).
  • Cat Fact #2 Cats are crepuscular (most active at dusk and dawn)

“Even with your head buried under a pillow, that meow can sound like an airplane during takeoff. The cat will relentlessly try to pass himself off as a rooster until you show signs of waking up to give him attention or feed him. Why? Maybe his internal hunting clock has been set to go off around dawn.”
—excerpt from The Cat Whisperer

It’s not uncommon for my clients at The Cat Behavior Clinic to tell me that they have not had a good night’s sleep in several years. Their cats have been routinely waking them up all throughout their sleep by meowing at night, especially between the wee hours of 3 and 5 a.m. This common feline behaviour can occur because of a cat’s natural instincts, because of other factors at play, or both. Some cat breeds are chattier than others and breed disposition may also factor into night-time interruptions. A good night’s sleep has become a thing of the past for many cat owners and they are happy to get even four hours of sleep each night. Some of my clients have practically fallen asleep driving to work in the morning due to not getting enough sleep!

Common reasons for your cat’s nighttime vocalizations:cat keeping woman up at night, meowing at night and not letting sleep

  • Your cat’s internal hunting time clock is set for morning (between 3 and 5 a.m. to be exact) instead of in the evening time.
  • Your cat is not active enough during the day and therefore is more awake at night.
  • The last feeding of the day for your cat is too early and your cat’s body is waking him up early in the morning due to hunger.
  • Change of environment (e.g. you’ve moved to a new home and there is more light coming through the windows in the morning than in your previous home, which is waking your cat up earlier).
  • Change in schedule (yours or his).
  • You’ve reinforced the meowing at night behaviour by giving your cat attention which can prolong the meowing behaviour once it starts.
  • Health issues may be at play, especially if the behaviour has suddenly surfaced with no changes in the cat’s environment.

What you can do to get your cat to sleep through the night and past the wee hours of the morning.

Feed later in the evening. If you feed your cat on a schedule during the day, be sure to feed the last meal of the day a few hours later into the evening. Or, for example, it could be that you will need to divide your cat’s current last meal of the day into two servings—one being given at 5 p.m. and the last portion given at 10 p.m. This can help your cat feel more satiated throughout the night and into the morning.

Keep your cat awake more during the day. Enlist the help of a timed-feeder to feed your cat a few times a day. Spacing meals a few hours apart can help keep your cat awake more during daylight hours. No cat should go several hours in between meals during the day. There are timed-feeders available for both canned cat food and dry. Incorporating a food puzzle into the daily feeding—the Stimulo by Aikiou is my favourite—is also another option to help keep your cat stay awake more during the day. He will have to work at getting the food and this will take longer than simply eating it out of a bowl.

Simply put, if your cat is keeping busy and is awake more hours during the day, he naturally will sleep more hours during the night and even later into the morning. This means more sleep for you too!

Reset your cat’s internal hunting time clock. Getting your cat to “hunt” (aka: playing with cat toys) can be an important strategy to resetting the hunting time clock to evening instead of morning. To reset it to evening, use a wand toy (the Playful Panther is my favourite) to play with your cat in the evening before bedtime. It can take several days of this strategy before you start to notice any effect.

Ignore the behaviour. Once the meowing behaviour starts, it’s important to not reinforce the behaviour by giving any form of attention to your cat. If you do, you can end up training your cat to meow even more and create a real problem. If your cat is accustomed to getting a response from you when he meows, once you stop giving him attention for the meowing behaviour he will try twice as hard to get your attention. This is called an extinction burst or the “it gets worse before it gets better” phenomenon.  Be patient. This can last a few weeks, but continue to ignore the behaviour no matter what and it should get better. 

Medical Alert: Please have your cat checked out by your vet. Health issues that could cause cats to meow excessively include thyroid issues, kidney problems, diabetes, arthritis, tooth pain, or any other kind of pain.



Check out Mieshelle Nagelschnider’s clinic here

Add A Comment


  • Tracey

    I’ve tried all of this with no luck. My Siamese seems to be suffering separation anxiety when we go to bed. I also think he has cabin fever, he’s not like this when I can keep the window open at night. He meows constantly and when he finally stops, he starts all over again within 2 hrs….Every. Night. Needless to say, I can no longer function on only 3 hrs sleep a night. He’s going to the vet tomorrow and hopefully we’ll find a resolution.

  • Tony

    Tracey I have the same issue. What happened after your Vet visit?

  • Kerry

    I have adopted a 11/2 year old stray who was living outside in a storage closet. I have had her for 3 months have not had a good nights sleep. I started giving her 3 meals and the last one later in the evening after playtime and she is still up anywhere from as early as 2 am! She scratches at the bedroom door something terrible. I have had her to the Vet and she is fine. I understand you are supposed to ignore the cat but it is hard to do if you live in a apartment and are surrounded on 4 sided by other tenants who hear the cat. At this point, it will break my heart but I am going to have to give her back to the cat rescue I got her from because I can’t function not getting a decent nights sleep.

  • Aly

    Tracey, did your vet have anything to say about your cat? We’ve tried everything too, I’m worried our apartment neighbors can hear him yelling at night! Our cat just wants to play constantly. He won’t tire out. He hasn’t trained well to silent treatments. In fact those just encourage him more :/ I’m considering calming fragrances for cats as well. I hope we find something that works

  • Katie

    I have a kitten (7 months old) who we adopted a month ago. He grew up on wet food but I have been weening him off of it. Each morning before I can even move, he comes in meowing to be fed but has not even finished his meal from the night before. I live in an apartment complex and am not sure who to quiet his meows. This is also the 2nd type of dry food we have tried, both he has done the same with. Please, please let me know of any tips or tricks. Do you think this sounds like a medical issue?

  • Daniel s

    Same here , only had her two days and I’m thinking of giving her to the society for animals , she recently had a kitten or more not sure and she’s in a new environment ( my house ) it’s not bad bad but constant and only when we go to bed never when we are up, we are caring pet owners already have a cat who is a dream never a problem but this one we pretty much rescued her from abuse and she’s so sweet and calm to us but somehow is trying to make herself feel better by meowing or something tops and trick for making it less frequent/loud

  • Anjali Sinha

    In response to Katie, a male kitten/cat needs wet food as they are prone to developing urine crystals which could lead to a blockage. A only dry food diet is not recommended. The kitten is probably not feeling full and thus is meowing to let you know that!

  • Laura

    My cat will be 21 years old in Nov 2018. I’m amazed at the sound that can come out of my little old man. He sleeps all day and it is very hard to get him to stay up but I’m going to try these suggestions.

  • Heather Lee

    LOL My 12 lb Oriental Male always has me up at 5 am. If I ignore him then he jumps on my chest and licking my face and meowing at the top of his lungs. Then he goes on a rampage and races around the Apt. knocking over huge items including my computer. I end up feeding him at 5 am, 5 pm and 11 pm. He meows at me like nobody’s business and sticks to me like velcro. There is no lack of me playing with him and he never tires out. Over 2 hrs of play and he keeps going. What am I supposed to do?

  • Jude Fera

    The advice about feeding more frequently is spot on. Since my husband is an early-bird and gets up around 4:00AM we feed our cats early in the morning. Then, they get a mid-morning feeding, and another in mid-afternoon. In addition, they get little treats 3-5 time during the day, as well as sample of the meat we have for our meals. It’s been working well for over a decade – even though they are older cats that are fit, trim, and healthy!

  • C

    Well, “no natter what” includes shredding carpets and doors in our house. We get up at 4 now….

  • abinico warez

    Late feeding works best. Feed them 10pm or even later.

  • Aditya

    My cat always meowed at night and it getting worse everyday…she wanted to go out every night and meowed to me like she ask me to open the doors for her and get out, I can’t let her out because she might be lost or worse have a traffic accident but my sleep schedule also getting worse because of her meow…. can you help me….

  • Celia Bonwick

    Had cats all my life, had two rescue 8 year olds for a month now and now they are settled we can’t sleep. Unfortunately someone made them indoor cats so there’s not even respite of shutting them out all night, constant crying all night , playing. We have done everything the advice says but to no avail. Solution is a heated outdoor enclosure for nightime or they go back, we both need to sleep for our job and health.

  • Vee

    My 9 year old spayed female standard tabby cat yowls and meows in the wee hours, as well as right after eating, walking around a corner, walking into a bathroom, or just because she feels like it. She’s so loud I hear her at night through the closed door with a sound machine on. She destroys my sleep. I’ve had zero success training her. I live in an apartment on the second floor, so as an alternative to losing my mind from lack of sleep, I “crate” her. She eats around 6PM, gets attention and play time, and the goes in the crate by 9. When I awake from blissful uninterrupted sleep, I let her out and feed her. This works wonders.

  • Martin

    This doesn’t work…
    We have a 1yr 5mnths mix breed (american short hair/siamese/persian) male cat. We followed everthing here and still doesn’t work. All he needs is a 3hrs of sleep for the whole day and then starts meowing horrobly loud at 10:30pm then stops at about 12mn, then starts again at 2am – 4:30 am, like calling the devil cat god “raul” or “awrouwar”. To top that, he always compains about his food bowl should always be fullor else he will complain meowing, doesn’t want to drink in his water bowl, instead he wants a knee high pail and should always overflowing. Even an inch less, he complains meowing. Doesn’t like wet cat food or hooman food, only loves dry cat food (selected ones that is). Loves hearing his deep voice in the bathroom (in the afternoon and evening) echoing through out the apartment like summoning a demon. We had him checked at the vet if he has health problems, but there aren’t any health issues. He’s healthy as a thorough bread horse.
    We love our cat even he’s so vocal and an ass. We hope somebody could point us on how or what is the right way to tame him.

  • Gary

    I go to bed at 11pm every night and usually around 1 or 2am my 17 yr old Calico starts to meow relentlessly. I try to ignore her as long as I can but I eventually get up and go to the living room and get in the recliner. Once I’m in the living room she shuts up!???? I have no idea why she doesn’t want me sleeping in my bed, but she’ll let me sleep in the recliner any time day or night. Needless to say my sleep pattern is all out of whack.

  • jason

    The alternative is to do what I do half the time. Go to bed at 730 or 8 with plans to be up at 4 or 5 from the alarm cat. I have a Torty with Tortitude. She isnt stupid either she will stand in the bathroom or in the tub to meow because she knows its louder. Shutting doors doesnt work, that makes things worse. If any door is shut she needs to go in there to see whats going on and will bang at it and meow. If meowing fails to make you get up she will start knocking things from a counter or table onto the floor

  • Sleepy & Tired

    I have neighborhood cats & they luv 2 get on my porch at nite crying like somebody had did something 2 them what should I do when this happening.

  • connie Divnich

    I don’t know why only one person commented that they crated their cat when it is the only solution that works for my cat also.

  • Tyler

    Up because my 15 yo male cat starts howling when the house quiets down. Generally nothing to say most of the day unless spoken to, but has some sort of weird separation anxiety when I go to bed? Has full access to me and other comfortable places in the house. Doesn’t seem like much is working for anyone, just wanted to know I am not alone in my sleep loss. He has health issues, but is regularly checked out by the vet — just a lot of anxiety. Frustrating because I just wanna make him comfortable as possible.

  • Spencer

    I thought my cat had personality issues, but I scrolled through these comments and man oh man was I wrong. I’m thankful that my 16-month old allows a full 9 hours sleep!

  • Marisia

    We took in a stray kitten approximately 12 weeks old my son found hiding in his car. Initially he was an outdoor cat. We purchased a house for him and placed it on our patio. One winter night it was too cold outside so we brought him in. We took a box put some litter in it and he used it so we let him stay in. He is 2 years old now. Everyday at dawn my cat would ask to go outside. He comes back every morning at 5:00 am and meow at my door to come in. About 1:00 in the AM I heard a cat fight so I jumped to the window. I saw a large coyote with another cat that hung around our house in his mouth. She had just given birth to 7 kittens 1 week old who were now orphaned. We nursed them all kept two and gave the rest away. Now we are afraid to let him outside. I believe he saw his friend killed but still insists on going outside. Now he meows through out the night to go outside. I have tried letting him out early morning that worked for several weeks until we went on vacation and got the additional kittens. My son found the cat in his cat when he was a kitten. I would love to know what he did every night we let him roam. He is acting like he has somewhere to go or someone to see.

  • Shannon Urukalo

    Meowing at night has a term called nocturnal vocalization. It is a classic indicator of high blood pressure. Get your cat checked out asap. Kidney disease and hyperthyroidism tend to go along with this.

  • Dublin

    My 5 year old male tabby will meow AND bite me. I can’t ignore him or I’ll wind up with an infection! I love him SO much though. I must say that I’m glad I’m not the only one getting no sleep! Does anyone else have a cat who bites them awake?

  • Mari LaFore

    I give Jovie, my 10 year old Calico kitty, a bit of warm food just before bedtime and if she meows after she jumps off the bedafter her nightly hop onto my bed for a couple snuggles I simply say “Nighty night!” It always works!

  • Shannon Urukalo

    Older cats do what’s called ‘nocturnal vocalization’ when they have high blood pressure. Get kitty checked out! After a few days on a blood pressure medication the vocalization should stop.

  • Roweana

    I am doomed! I get up at 3:30AM for work. My cat wakes me up at 3:30 on my days off. I guess there is no way to explain to her what a weekend is?

  • Hannah

    My husband and I adopted a 10 year old female tortoiseshell, and she talks a TON all the time. Usually very cute…but not at 12am, 2am, and 4am when were sleeping. She has to be indoor, and we’re in a basement suite. I’ve put her in our laundry room with a bed, blanket, and everything else she’d need, but she obviously doesn’t like it very much. I’m a very light sleeper, but if I try to ignore her and put up with it for a few weeks, do you think I have a chance of it improving? Or should I just make our laundry room a permanent “bedroom” for her ?

  • Bec

    My biggest problem is my cat does her cute chatter and climbs on me when she wants my attention, I find it so cute I can’t display the appropriate amount of disapproval, what do I do?

  • Kimberley Mom of bunny

    Hi guys. Former cat foster, gave my last 4 that were mine mine Due to has been threatening divorce. Um … Yeah I’ve been through it all…. I’ve kept my 20-year-old cat. She came to the new apartment with us I had given my Four up the year before and I’m still not over it but I digress. Bunny is like I said very old, and she has always made a lot of noise between 3 AM and 5 AM. Wellllll I heard my neighbors through the wall accidentally, Complaining about bunny and the guy said are you going to say something or what. So, I’m feeling so cruel today because. If I don’t keep her quiet at night I’m going to have to put her to sleep she is already in an enclosed pan that is a chicken coop that I rearranged/rebuilt because she Peed everywhere in the house her whole life I was an idiot and declawed her when she was a kitten never do that people! Anyway today I put my winter light that you’re supposed to use when you don’t have light in the winterAnd I am playing Pepe Christian hip-hop music and I am checking in on her every hour and I keep waking her because she’s trying to sleep because usually she sleeps all day I’m praying that this keeps her sleeping very nice quiet and soundly tonight. Please pray for Bunny the cat so I don’t have to put her to sleep! And yes I’ve asked many many many rescues to take her but no one wants her because of her inability to not poop and P of course when she’s not in the chicken coop pen. It’s Big enough where I can go in and I am 510 and I can kind of lay down and cuddle with her and stuff.

  • Kimberley mom of Bunny

    * husband! Not has been 😂😂😂

  • Stephanie

    I also have had no luck. I have a 10 month old tuxedo and we love her she shows us affection. But she was a stray and has found us but now won’t let us sleep with her meowing by the front door. I have kept her up and have given her a hearty meal late in the night around 8-9. And I am still up every hour with in the hour. I have tried citrus scent on the door and spraying water when she is by the door. I might have to give her to the no kill shelter in my area because i don’t have the heart to put her back out. I live in an apartment and don’t want to disturb my neighbors with trying to ignore her meows. Even though we play brown noise through our speakers around our house. Any advise?

    • Nicole E.

      Hi Stephanie,

      This is from expert Cat Behaviorist, Pam Johnson-Bennett! I have two suggestions. Before you give her that pre-bedtime meal, do an interactive play session with her. Spend at least 15-20 minutes letting her stalk, hunt, pounce and play with the toy. This will help get her energy released in a way that’s also mentally satisfying. After the play session, offer the meal so it more naturally reflects the food reward after the hunt. My second tip is to then place the puzzle feeders out before you go to bed. These are food-dispensing toys that the cat manipulates in order to get the food reward. You can schedule it so she only gets the food puzzles at bedtime. Scatter them in different areas where she hangs out so she has more than one type to play with while you’re sleeping. Puzzle feeders are very popular now so if you do an internet search, you’ll find multiple companies that make ones specifically for cats. You can even make homemade ones. I hope these ideas help. We love the puzzle feeder from Doc and Phoebe’s.

  • Rosemarie

    I live in an apartment and my cats meowing at 4 am is not only disrupting me but them!! I need to solve this issue quick before my landlord asks me to leave!! This only started a few days ago.

  • Faith

    My 9 month old kitten is great during the day but once we got to bed he becomes a literal nightmare. He will practically scream every other hour, but he doesn’t want our attention or food or to play, he just meows to meow. We have tried everything: ignoring him, feeding him late, playing with him all day and not allowing him to sleep much, and even play with him for an hour before bed. We have even tried to give him CBD treats to help him sleep, but it seems like everything we try to do, it backfires and he just meows louder and more consistently. We have had him for 6 monthsand haven’t changed his environment or anything, this started about 2 months ago. My fiance and I haven’t gotten more than three consequtive hours of sleep and we’re lucky if we get any more than that. We don’t know what to do, we are even considering giving him to a new home. Please, please, please give some advice or resources on how we can fix this.

    • Nicole E.

      Hi Faith,

      We will ask our experts and get back to you! 🙂

    • Nicole E.

      Since this is a behavior that started a couple of months ago, I would recommend you talk to your veterinarian just to make sure there isn’t an underlying medical issue. It sounds as if you’ve done several things but here are some suggestions. Try leaving some lights on at night so the house doesn’t go from light to total darkness. Also, offer special toys that are only available at night. I typically have my clients use puzzle feeders. I would also suggest setting up a window perch or cat tree near a window and if you have enough privacy, leave the curtains open enough so he can look outside. When you’ve been doing playtime with him before bed, make sure you wind the action down at the end of the game so he is left satisfied and more relaxed. Then, after the play session, offer him a portion of his meal. If you schedule feed, divide up the portions so he can have one last amount after the pre-bedtime game. If you leave food out, take it up in the evening so you can offer it again after the game. You can also try playing some soft music. There is bioacoustic music available that’s designed just for cats and is supposed to have a calming effect. Finally, he may be lonely and you may want to think about getting him a cat companion. Pam Johnson Bennett

  • Steve

    I’ve resorted to scaring the living daylights out of our 25lb male Norwegian forest cat. He consistently starts bellowing at around 4-5am, ruining our sleep. I started getting up, going out and throwing things at him while yelling “shut up” at the top of my lungs. He runs away and is quiet for the rest of the morning. I’m hoping that he’ll associate his meowing with a BAD response from us and stop.

  • Mathias

    My cat has picked up the habit of sitting in front of my roommates’ and I’s bedroom doors and meowing until someone picks him up and forces him to lay down or throws something. We tried ignoring him but when you have work in the morning and this starts at 2 am and goes on for 5 or 6 hours it’s a problem, and we all play with him as much as possible (I work from home so I’m with him all day). I’ve had this cat for 9 years and he’s never done this, he only started earlier last month and I don’t know why. Nothing’s changed in the apartment, the vet says he’s fine, but I’m really fed up and am about to resort to keeping him in a kennel all night in the living room.

  • Kirsty Wills

    I have tried all of these and she just won’t settle, cries all night and then rips in the carpet up to the spare room but nowhere else always goes back to that bit of carpet I’m at my wits end with it, because I don’t know what else to do or try?

  • Keeley

    My indoor cat has been meowing to go out at night I’ve tried ignoring him, I’ve tried to distract him with a toy I’ve tried changing feeding times I’ve tried keeping him awake and active in the day but nothing is working it’s driving me mad I’ve not had decent night’s sleep since he started. He even scratches at the windows and jumps up at the door please help

  • Shay

    My wife’s cat wakes us up at 4:30 AM every morning for years. The more we ignore him the more he meows. We have another cat that is quite. She does not meow unless there is a problem like we forgot to put water out or food for her. Maybe visiting the vet will be the best thing and see if he has health problems.

  • Chris

    This is all pathetic. All it shows is that some cats yowl for no reason…nothing medical, not hungry, just no reason. Nothing cures it. Unfortunately this leads to euthanasia for those who live in apartments or in close quarters. People living out in the country or who are willing to live with windows closed all the time just soldier through it.

  • Alan

    I have a 4 year old tabby cat and he’s been nonstop meowing for the past 4 hours and its 4 o clock in the morning and me and my mom haven’t been able to get some sleep

  • Lauralee May Fuller

    My cat Salem is only quite when he’s in the cat carrier but I’m not sure if I can keep him in his carrier from 6-9 am so I can get some peaceful sleep without interruption. My father got him use to being up and outside at 6 am, so from 6-9am he’s constantly meowing to go outside if he’s not outside already. He brought him in our house when he was about 9 – 12 mths old, so he was born outside. The excessive meowing started about 1 mth ago. But as I stated when we put him in he’s carrier he stops meowing. PLEASE HELP, I NEED SLEEP

  • Warren

    I just rescued a cat I found at work in the parking lot about a month ago. She was really sweet and wouldn’t leave. Plus it seemed like she wasn’t a full adult yet so I didn’t want to leave her. Well the first week was great. My roommates have another cat so they had to be separated for a bit. She would sleep constantly in my room and never cry out. Well now that I’ve had her awhile she seems like a totally different cat lol. I got a wand but I’m regretting it because I feel that it’s made the problem worse. She doesn’t seem to understand that I can’t play with her all night. If I leave her in my room she howls and jumps on things, making me nervous that she might break something. If I kick her out she sticks her paws under the door and tugs and tugs where the whole house can hear it. I don’t know what to do. I would just give her what she wants but she doesn’t seem to want anything, besides play time, but this problem started up right before I got her a toy. I work evenings and go to bed around 3am so right when I’m going to sleep is when she starts up. And she won’t stop until the sun comes up or even later. She’ll take little breaks but never fails to wake me up every couple hours for seemingly no reason, it’s driving me insane.

  • Lindsey

    My cat starts right when the sun goes down, if I get up to use the bathroom. He’ll start meowing, than when I leave to go back to bed, he sits next to the bed and whine like crazy. I live an a apartment so it’s had to keep him meowing, the vet couldn’t find nothing wrong🤷‍♀️

  • John Shires

    We had 2 siamese cats brother and sister now 14 yrs. We had to euphanize recently the male due to aging and health issues. They didnt always reflect a real close relationship but they were brother sister and have enjoyed a wonderful life together. Can the survivor cat experience or show any symptoms of missing their companion after all these years of being together?

  • Lynne broadley

    My cat doesn’t just miaow, he scratches the wardrobe and is ruining the carpet by the wardrobe. No doesn’t mean no to him, it reinforces he’s doing it right.

  • Jay

    My guys entertain themselves at night with toys and their forts that I erect for them. Maybe your cats are bored. After all when you’re hanging out with nothing to do and noone to talk to for 8 hours you’ll either find a way to entertain yourself or go wake someone up to let them know you’re bored.

  • Grace


  • Valerie

    We have done all the medical tests, used the pheromone plug ins, given him Prozac, treid to engage him in play, fed him later, and ignored the nightly howling for hours on end from 1 AM-4 AM. This has gone on every night for 3 years and we are both sleep deprived and stressed.

  • Keary Lynn Mason

    We have tried these things to no avail. The cats (all three) wake me and everyone in my house up all night long. They scream, they stick their paws under doors and pull and shake the house. They go door to door until someone either yells, feeds them, plays with them because ignoring is not working. I am a mental health therapist and this is NOT good for my mental health.

  • Marilyn Hollingsworth

    I adopted a semi feral Maine Coon. It is Male and fixed. The cat cannot meow; it only screams like a bobcat. He will purr sometimes but his screams are startling. Is he ok?

  • Cordelia

    Thank you so much for those who suggested putting the cats in a crate at night. It worked!!! I have three cats, two of them driving me crazy with relentless meowing outside of my room, every single morning between 5am-8am. I’m a night owl so those early wake up times don’t work for me. I also had a problem of one of them going on the kitchen counter at night (which they know not to go on during the day when I’m around) and damaging my plants. They have their own spacious room with their litter box, food, water and toys. I just let them go wherever they want and only confine them for example during an evening if guests are over. Now, it will be their bedroom from midnight to 8am. We will all finally get enough sleep.

  • Mary

    I had a similar problem with an adopted one. I started locking him in a room at night with water and litter tray. He meowed at first but then became used to sleeping at night. Every morning i will open his door at 7:00 am. After a while he started going into his room by himself.

  • Rachel

    My 9 year old Siamese is constantly loud at night.. And ignoring doesnt stop it not do later feedings.. She and the mainecoon used to be quiet, but in the last 2 weeks.. Shes constantly talking.. Maincoon will nudge pillows off onto her if she wakes him up.. She has toys, she still curls up with dogs at nap time n she plays fine… Vet said she’s fine too so at this point I have no clue how to get it to stop.

  • Benjamin Gilbert

    I have a 2 year old male cat has always been very vocal day night does not matter I used to let him out side untill he got in a bad cat fight at the risk of paying crazy vet bills the cat is how inside cat but has full access to a huge cat cage joined to the house cats free to sleep in my room but I often have to lock it in living room due to the noise I should mention I have another cat with no problems at all

    Any ideas would be good the way things are going I will have to give it up

  • Jessica

    For those of you that crate your cats at night do you also put a litter box and food etc. In there? What kind of crate is it? Also I have 2 cats but one is so quiet you don’t even know they exist but do you crate them both so the other one goes and are they crated together?

  • Tess Turnbull

    I can’t really find something that matches my issue, so my cat just meows at everything. If I look at her or walk near her or even move in bed. I haven’t been letting her sleep with me because my 9 month old baby sleeps in my room right now and of course, my cat woke her up because I shifted in bed and she meowed. I’m at a loss, I dint know how to get her to stop meowing for everything

  • Mikayla

    Thx. My my cat Josie, is so annoying!😭 She is awake during the day and is 19 years old and blind. We feed her before bed at like 5,6 o’clock. However when it comes time for me to go to bed, she starts meowing like crazy which affects my sleep. Now you see why I call her annoying.

  • Lillian

    Ok I don’t have a problem I just think it’s funny how you say to just ignore it, but there are 3 things that go along with that. 1: my cats dumb and I’ve tried doing that multiple times, it dosen’t work. 2: sometimes I can’t ignore it bc I have to sleep or something you know somthing very important going on and hes loud and I have low patients 3: well I forgot 3. So yeah this comment is meant for jokes, so to who anyone who sees this have an amazing everything. 😁

  • Theresa

    My cat learned it throw up the Prozac I give him how long should it take for it to be in his system. And I read I should add water after dry pilling

  • Nora

    I was wondering what you should do if your kitten is meowing a pleading low to high to low to high meow.


    My cat is an almost 3 year old Mainecoon/Bengal that is by far the most entertaining and loveable cat I ever had. So he is extremely needy and goes through phases where he comes into our room at 2 or 3 am and scratches on wall behind the bed over and over again. If we ignore him he goes in our dresser and starts knocking things off. We have a dog also who then grabs stuff off of the floor. It’s a train wreck right now and we hardly ever sleep through the night. Normally if I feed him he will go away for an hour or so. Had him at vet recently very healthy and close to 20 lbs. I would close our bedroom door but I potty trained him and his bathroom is in our master bath and he loves to snuggle during the night. HELP!!!

  • Lupe

    I can sympathise our one year old boy is a big night time meowwer, seems to be worse after 5am. It started gradually and now is a very bad habit we need to break. Soon as we get into bed he wants to start, as he knows we’ll be ignoring him for the next 12 hours after he spent all day sleeping…

    We have a routine of if he meows he gets shut in the living room but this has now become the game, meow and run away when he sees me getting out of bed to take him to prison for his crimes. Sometimes early release and some sympathy attention and it does help stop the behaviour for a while and he knows its not aloud but most of the time the rules are just there to be broken… but they can help it with a little correction its just they aren’t really bothered about waking you up. I will continue with this method along with initially ignoring the first few, the odd hiss can also calm the meows on odd occasions while trying to be like a natural cat parent but its risky as its also attention and they’re smart they know there isn’t anything to be quiet from like in the wild.

    The night meows are a sign your cats wants its friends, try not to hold it against them.


  • Carly Davis

    My cat Bruce we think he is a Turkish van and he usually wakes up the entire house at 2 am and throwing empty water bottles is not helping anymore (not at him near him to warn) getting up and telling him no and my dad gets up and let’s him out cause he likes to sleep with our rabbits but I keep him in my room cause of his litter box and this is what I’m gonna try I also have some other questions like why is he so aggressive he bites me after I turn off my light and walk to my bed every night and I can’t figure out why

  • Angie

    Please help,my daughter in laws cat recently started meowing at night and day,LOUDLY ,he goes a few minutes of being quiet,maybe 3-4 min,needless to say no one is able to sit through a movie much less get a good night’s sleep,we know it’s not that he needs attention,or at least I hope it’s not,he gets plenty if that.
    He goes throughout the apt ,day and night doing this.
    He sleeps a few minutes at a time,only to wake up and start all over again,I find it very annoying,not only me,we all do. Help

  • Jordana

    My cat and I just moved in with my grandparents. During that day I’m at work, so I can’t give her much attention since I’m gone. When I get home I try to give her more attention, but at night when I’m trying to sleep she’s an absolute maniac! My grandparents are in the room right across from me and I fear that with all the noise at night they sacrifice their sleep too. It’s currently 5 am for me, and she woke me up about an hour ago. She scratches on the door, scratches on the rim of her litter box, scratches the beds, and climbs up the closet shelves. I bought her a scratching post a few days ago and she loves it, but it won’t deter her from scratching everything else. And she is VERY vocal. Since moving in, she apparently forgot how to use the litter box, so I have to get up to cover her nasties since she won’t do it herself. My room is fairly clean, so she’s not doing that anywhere else thankfully, but I can’t ignore that in the middle of the night since she makes the entire room unbreathable. I’ll try the no attention thing for awhile, but honestly I don’t know how long I’ll last before I get up to pick her up and try to calm her down. Any advice?

  • Diana Ost

    We are not just talking about meowing! On cat throws herself bodily at the bedroom door over and over trying to get the door open! She cannot come in with us because she try’s to open the door into my office, climbs on the nightstands and knocks everything over, fights with the cats that are sleeping peacefully with us, etc. She’s an older cat and is very affectionate and bonded to us but she will not let us sleep.


    I tried Feliway pheromone in a plug-in device which my Vet recommended. No more noise – hello sweet dreams. I hope it works for you too!

  • Sherri

    The only thing that has worked on “Horrible Creature’ when he howls like a banshee is turning on the vacuum. I set it by my desk and turn it on to stop the jet engine decibel howling. Took 3 times one time, but he learned to shut up. It’s the only thing louder than him and it’s been the only thing to stop him. Now all I have to do is get it out of the closet and he knows I mean business.

  • Sher

    Besides the vacuum trick, I found that my cat likes to nibble dry food all night. He won’t eat canned food or human food. So I put out a bowl of dry food, Purina cat chow, and he’ll nibble it all night. I just keep a bowl out all the time. I also keep a smaller bowl on my desk and on a bedroom shelf where he will nibble too. It’s good to put a small bowl of water there too. It gives him something to do, a feeling of hunting for his food in different places. I used baited ant traps in the house ,metal type, that he can’t bite through and plugged all holes ants were coming in. I got an organic bug spray to use on ants and followed their trail to plug up the hole with caulk after putting roach gel in the hole. I put ant traps everywhere outside, so the ants take the bait back to the colony and it kills the entire colony. I have to spray twice a year outside for black widows and that takes care of ants too, but the ant traps work best. Before you sleep, hide treats in different places for him to find. I scatter his favorite toys, twisty ties, bottle caps, tiny cloth mice (all “marinated” in a plastic bag of catnip) all over the floor. He will bat them around the laminate flooring and this entertains him greatly at night. Yes catnip is all over the floor, but it keeps him quiet.

  • Steve Warwick

    My cat has recently became too cat in the neighbourhood because her nemesis has moved away. She’s been bullying another cat who was friends with the nemesis. Everyone around the neighbourhood knows her and I’m sure they’ll be giving her attention when she meows… reinforcing her meowing gets her what she wants. So, at 3am, 4am, 5am she’s meowing the house down to go out and we ignore it but today, I lost it. Months of this, months of trying to counter-condition what others have ‘taught’ her (using force free methods), but I’m at the end of my tether and I’m contemplating rehoming her… I need more than 4.5 hours restful sleep!!

  • Yanyan

    I recently adopted once-stray foster cat and she was fostered and spayed. When I got her though, she would meow and yeowl every night all night. She’s not hungry, her litter box is clean, I’ve played with her already, but she keeps on meowing at the door. I tried to if ore her but it doesn’t work. She usually does this around 3-6am. My roommate is already complaining, and I’m afraid that my apartment neighbors will too, soon. I’m thinking of giving her back to the shelter as it’s already affecting my roommate’s job hunting endeavours. Can this still be fixed? How long do I try to fix this before possibly bringing her back to the shelter?

Recommended For You