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post #1 of 12
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I am in summer school right now and ever since it started Tomnus has been meowing VERY loudly when I get home. I pick him up and pet him and play with him until he jumps away from me and then I go back to what ever it is I need to do that day. With in a minute he will be screaming again. I don't know what he wants, he gets fresh water 3-5 times a day, fresh food every morning, and a clean litter box every night before I go to bed. Today its been really bad...he hasn't stopped meowing and its rather annoying and I'm worried about him. I held him and he purred very loudly which made me think he just wanted attention so I petted him until he tried to struggle out of my arms and I put him down. Then he walked away and started meowing again...we've done the same thing now about 3 times. I don't know what else it could be. He looks fine, he is walking normal, not throwing up, stools are fine...I don't know whats wrong with him.

Any idea's? It is a very loud high pitched meow that makes me think he's distressed but I can't find what is wrong.
post #2 of 12
He's lonely!

He's there all by himself without any sound or stimulus. When you get home he wants to know where you were and he wants you to make up for the time you weren't there. He is afraid you are going to leave him again, which you are.

Perhaps leave the radio on for him when you go out. Or the TV. Better yet, you should think about getting him a companion kitty. That way he will have some company to interact with while you are not there.
post #3 of 12
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I found the perfect kitty but I am a little worried about how they would get along. See my topic entitled "should I" in the other section for more details.

He seems to hate the radio...when I listen to it at night he just stairs at it with his ears pinned back and has managed to rip the antenna down to shread of what it was...so the radio only gets about 2 stations really clearly now. I keep trying to tell him if he wouldn't have killed the antena it would sound better but he just looks at me.

I would think if he is loanly then when he gets attention he would stop meowing. Though the meowing only lasts about the first 30 minutes and then he goes and passes out somewhere. He is curled up on the couch now though he is facing me so he might be watching to see if I try to go somewhere.
post #4 of 12
Tomnus is neutered, isn't he?
i think a 2nd cat is a good idea, myself - of course, i have 5...
post #5 of 12
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Yes, I am sure much to his dismay, Tomnus is neutered...had to get it done twice because the first vet(before I owned him) somehow couldn't find his second testicle so he only took one. He claimed that it hadden't decended yet but when I had him at the vet with in another week of that appointment my vet found it with out any problem(again much to the cats dismay).
post #6 of 12
Every so often one of my cats does that. They can't be lonely because I work from home and there are 4 cats (and a dog) and another human. They freak me out because I think they're hurt and hurry to check on them but usually there's nothing wrong with them. I really don't know why they do that.
post #7 of 12
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Originally Posted by Natalie_ca View Post
He's lonely!

He's there all by himself without any sound or stimulus. When you get home he wants to know where you were and he wants you to make up for the time you weren't there. He is afraid you are going to leave him again, which you are.

Perhaps leave the radio on for him when you go out. Or the TV. Better yet, you should think about getting him a companion kitty. That way he will have some company to interact with while you are not there.
Zane does this, but not right when I come home. It is later in the evening that he'll go wandering around the house yowling. On weekends he sometimes does it during the day.

I've thought of gettng a second kitty, but Zane hates, hates, hates other cats.
post #8 of 12
When you get home, after you hold him and put him down, if he starts meowing again, talk to him and ask him what's wrong? I know that sounds weird but he may start leading you to where he's having a problem. Check to see if he's trying to lead you somewhere. My Pokey would do that from time to time. He would often make me follow him to the treat drawer where he would stand up on a chair and stare at the treats meowing until I gave him a few.... or he would lead me to the couch where his mousers was hidden so far he couldn't get to it anymore.

If Marley throws up, she'll meow when I get home and make me follow her to the spot to see where she got sick (this isn't to help me clean, it's to show me she has an empty belly
post #9 of 12
Pippin does this, he just yeowls for no reason. I thought it could be because there is another cat which comes to "visit" our backgarden and Pip wants to be out with him/her too. We thought perhaps he was lonely and my neighbour offered to come over and give him some cuddles during the day while we were at work - that too made no difference, although he now loves the neighbour and doesn't go hide when Ray is there, he still meows really forelornly when we return home. We've started taking him out in the evening on a harness and lead, and he loves his little adventure, but no, that wasn't the solution either... sooo yesterday I went to the shops and bought Pipping a bird-song CD and DVD as well as some new toys (ones which he doesn't already have) and I've also left the radio on in the kitchen - which I know he listens to while I'm getting ready for work...

Going to try this for a few days and see if his behaviour changes in any way... will let you know!

Unfortunatly, I cannot have another cat for 2 reasons. My landlord was rather sceptical that we had a fully housetrained cat and comes by every so often on the pretence of collecting the rent... but I think he actually comes to survey the property and see if there is any cat damage! and the other reason is, Pippin was bullied by his litter mates and father so doesn't particularily like another cats company... but one day it's worth a shot... if I can convince my SO! Hahaha!
post #10 of 12
Bella does this (particularly if DH & I have both been working long hours) she has kitty companionship, but she misses the humans (and the food!). She will follow me around for the first 10-15 minutes yelling at me. I'll pick her up and put her down a few times before she feels she's been heard and goes off to nap somewhere.

I think he's just telling you that he misses you.

That being said, it wouldn't hurt to make sure he's got some stimulation while you're away. We have a puzzle box that I fill with treats/toys, and l try to rotate the toys a bit so they don't get bored with the same old ones...
post #11 of 12
Thread Starter 
He is either saying he missed me or asking me why I came back...lol. He doesn't get many treats as I feel he is already heavy for only being a year old(already pushing 13 pounds) so he gets 1 cup of dry food in the morning and then if thats gone in the evening he might get another 1/2 cup depending of he is acting like he needs it. So I know it isn't that he wants food because I am back by 11:30 every day and he still has about 80% of the 1 cup left.

It really wouldn't bother me but I live in a very cheap apartment complex with very very very bad sound proofing so I know the neighbors can hear it. I can actually hear the phone conversations of people when their in the opposite end of their unit. According to what I hear at all hours of the night coming from the apartment next door, those people have to sleep sometime and I don't want Tom keeping them awake. And his screams are loud enough to wake the dead...he has a VERY high pitched meow for a male cat.
post #12 of 12
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Originally Posted by algebrapro18 View Post
According to what I hear at all hours of the night coming from the apartment next door, those people have to sleep sometime and I don't want Tom keeping them awake. And his screams are loud enough to wake the dead...he has a VERY high pitched meow for a male cat.


Perhaps you need Tom meowing to drown out the noise!

* sorry to lower the tone *
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