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9 week old kitten - sudden constant meowing!

Discussion in 'Cat Health and Nutrition' started by hazeyhaze, Jun 30, 2009.


  1. hazeyhaze

    hazeyhaze PetForums Newbie

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    Hi all, first post, hope this is to the right section of the forum.

    We have a beautiful 9 week old tabby female called Minnie who we got a week ago (so 8 weeks) fully litter trained who has been delightful. Up until yesterday that is when she suddenly started meowing constantly, but in a strange way. She would play with my wife and I then head out of the room and start meowing. Long, constant meowing. We feed her 3 times a day with a variety of wet and dry food, and spend as much play time with her as possible. The meowing continued at night and she woke us up several times at intervals in the night with no apparent reason for doing it. She seems healthy enough and plays exactly as you would imagine with a bounce in her stride and full of life.

    We have read conflicting advice and are unsure as to the cause, just to be safe we are taking her to the vets tonight for a check-up and whatnot but can anybody offer any potential reasons for this? It is just so out of character with her previous behaviour, she is vocal but not to a massive extent, the difference between her from two days ago to yesterday was enormous.

    Thanks in advance for any help.
     
  2. lymorelynn

    lymorelynn UN Peacekeeper in training
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    I think the vet check up is very wise.
    Perhaps Minnie has just realised that her siblings and mum are no longer with her and she's crying for them especially if waking in the night. A heat pad or cuddly toy in her bed might help. Good luck and I hope she settles again quickly.
     
  3. kittykat

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    It sounds like she is meowing when left or not getting attention, she probably is lonely or very demanding! One of my cats is like this, he could talk for England! haha

    Let us know what the vet says though :)
     
  4. hazeyhaze

    hazeyhaze PetForums Newbie

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    That's the thing, she gets the attention, is fully sociable, purring and displaying content, then wanders off and meows. We bring her back, she plays for a bit, then does the same thing again. There appears to be no pattern with where she goes to meow, and no correlation with how full her food bowl / water bowl is!

    I am hoping the vet can shed some light on it as obviously the night time meowing is a big concern, as it keeps us awake! Fingers crossed anyway, I'll report back what the vet says but any further advice from readers would be appreciated.
     
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    I agree with lymorelynn she is probably looking for her litter mates / mum as she is only 9 weeks.
     
  6. spid

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    You could get her a companion - that would probably help - 2 cats play with each other and give each other company. Sorry to say it but you aren't as furry as her littermates to curl up with!:D. SHe may even wantyou to put her to bed! One of mine dos this, plays and then wants putting in her bed!
     
  7. kittykat

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    aww how cute! lol
     
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    It's like she wants tucking in - lol - I'll be having to read her a story next! Good job her new owner is looking forward to spoiling her!
     
  9. kittykat

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    she sounds adorable! :)
     
  10. hazeyhaze

    hazeyhaze PetForums Newbie

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    News!

    She has been for her first vet visit (coped surprisingly well) and it turns out she had ear mites, quite badly which explains the scratching we first thought might be fleas (forgot to mention that earlier).

    The vet cleaned her ears out, gave her her first shot and kitted us out with ear cleaner & flea application. She said she thought the meowing, although sudden, was simply an attention thing but we think it was a little of both, ears and attention, particularly as she was good as gold last night!

    Here's to more sleep-filled nights :)
     
  11. kittykat

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    I bet thats a relief! At least she is getting the treatment now :)
     
  12. lymorelynn

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    Hope you get the ear mites sorted quickly and have lots of peaceful nights :) Any pictures of your little one? We love to see kitty pictures :D
     
  13. hazeyhaze

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    Here's a picture!

    She was good as gold last night too, had a bit of raucous playtime before bed but not once did we hear her meow.

    :D
     

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    oh shes a little cutie! Lovely pic :)
     
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