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    Can I train him not to meow all the time?

    My cat meows ALL the time when he doesn't have food in his dish. It's not cute little quiet mews, it's loud annoying meows. Over, and over any time you move until you feed him. He isn't fat, but he's certainly not thin either. (He's got a belly that hangs though ) Since I lost my other cat, Kiba, I've been working out how much to feed him. I've been giving him what the bag says but it doesn't seem to be enough for him. I even give him extra sometimes because the meowing gets on my nerves. (I know this just makes him do it more, but sometimes I'm not in the mood to ignore it.)

    I adopted him when he was 2 years old and already had this habit. I thought it was cute at first, but now it's annoying. I have no idea how to stop it. I tried squirting water at him when he meows but he just keeps meowing. I'll need to get a video of it so you can see how loud he is!

    How can I make this stop?

    Zeke, Clover, Loki and Shadow

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    Good luck, but I've never been able to silence a meower when they get going. It's been said that you can't out-stubborn a cat, and I've found that to be very true. I think you just need to grin and bear it!
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    Yeah I'm thinking that too. He's now almost 9 years old. I'm just pretty sure it's gotten worse since I've been feeding him less.

    I've even tried to "punish" him by cuddling and hugging. Kiba would get annoying if I cuddled too long or if she didn't feel like being held anymore...it doesn't work on Shadow though. He just sits there and purrs.

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    My Angel does the same thing. Her meow is very annoying. Wouldn't even call it a meow, more like screaming at me! If you find out how to stop it, let me know!

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    Does he have any siamese in him? Siamese are known to be very loud and very talkactive. My petite little girl Pearl has the loudest voice and she'll also some times meow so loudly that she wakes me up. He may not necessarily want food all of the time but just some attention. Maybe you could play with him for a while instead of always feeding him. Good luck.
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    Eve has a tendency to be very vocal most of the time. When she gets insistent about something the meows get louder - very disconcerting for such a tiny girl. I have learned that if I speak to her in a strong, but soft voice and tell her she is "yelling" - she simmers down to a soft mew. Don't know why but it works.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sowa View Post
    My cat meows ALL the time when he doesn't have food in his dish. It's not cute little quiet mews, it's loud annoying meows. Over, and over any time you move until you feed him. He isn't fat, but he's certainly not thin either. (He's got a belly that hangs though ) Since I lost my other cat, Kiba, I've been working out how much to feed him. I've been giving him what the bag says but it doesn't seem to be enough for him. I even give him extra sometimes because the meowing gets on my nerves. (I know this just makes him do it more, but sometimes I'm not in the mood to ignore it.)

    I adopted him when he was 2 years old and already had this habit. I thought it was cute at first, but now it's annoying. I have no idea how to stop it. I tried squirting water at him when he meows but he just keeps meowing. I'll need to get a video of it so you can see how loud he is!

    How can I make this stop?
    Spunky will do that. Sometimes it's food. Usually it's attention. Having 5 other cats isn't sufficient. He wants me to play and I oblige or I won't get anything done.

    Hope you work it out.
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    Giving cuddles is good. Also a pinch of catnip might amuse him for a while.
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    Cali "yells" at me for food also. But her twist is if I ignore her for too long she uses my leg as a scratching post! But I sure do love my girly.
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