Originally Posted by nik16
Do any of you know a way to teach your cat too shut up (dont mention physically because it still doesnt work)? It seems everytime someone in my family enters the kitchen, or even enters the house even though somebody else is in the house already, he (my cat) thinks that it means he must get fed (even though he already has). It's been year after year where he seems to be getting worse and worse. He is now 12 yet he still meows like his lost his leg (which he has 10 years ago). I would've thought the fact he would get older would mean he has a smaller amount of energy because of the fact his 12, but it seems like He's mutated seperatly too all other cats. I even counted the amount of meows he did in 10 minutes once and his results came too 100 meows. But he has his quiet moments as well (sleeping). Please help me if you know a way to treat the behaviour of my ill minded cat.
My Dad always "disliked" cats. The cats were my Mom's pets. But whenever the cat would scratch on the furniture, he would open the door and say "get out of here!" Then when the cat jumped on the window screens, he would open the front door and yell at them to get down, as the cat waltzed into the house. The cats really didn't care that his words were harsh. They knew that if anyone else was near the door, they could meow to get in and out. But if they wanted Dad to open the door, they would scratch the furniture or jump up on the window screens.
I think you have the same situation. For the past 12 years, I would guess that your kitty has been trained to meow for food. Even if he doesn't get it every time he meows, he gets it often enough to know that it is a good idea to meow at people in the kitchen. We had a cat like that when I was a kid. Even if she had food in her bowl, she wanted a little more and would meow at us. (Especially Mom, who always fed her more. And never Dad, because he wouldn't feed the cat unless she asked when her bowl was empty.)
The only way you could stop or lessen this behavior, in my opinion, would be to stop feeding your kitty in the kitchen. Start feeding him somewhere else, and feed him on a schedule at specific times so he knows when to expect it. But good luck training every person in the house to quit giving in to the kitty. It might be easier to just feed the cat every time you are in the kitchen!