If your cat meows when it enters a room, this post will show you a number of possible reasons why and what you can do about them.
So, why does my cat meow when it enters a room? Possible reasons why your cat meows when it enters a room are to get attention, it is being territorial, it wants something from you or that it has some separation anxiety.
There are actually a number of possible reasons why your cat meows when it enters a room and it might be due to a combination of them. However, there are some things you can consider to help figure out the main cause and there are some things you can do about it.
Reasons why your cat meows when entering a room
Below are a number of possible reasons why your cat meows when it enters a room and what would make them more likely.
The reason why your cat does it might be that it is trying to get extra attention from you. This would be more likely if your cat only does it when you have not given it much attention in a while and it only meows when it enters the room that you are in.
It is being territorial
It could also be the case that your cat does it because it is being territorial. This would be more likely if it only does it when there is another animal in the room and would be more likely if that animal is in a spot that your cat likes itself.
It is being affectionate
Another possible cause is that it is being affectionate and meowing as a way of greeting you. This would be more likely if your cat only meows when it enters the room you are in and it comes and gets you to pet it.
Encouraging the behavior
It could also be the case that your cat has learned that the behavior gets rewarded. If you tend to give your cat food or extra attention, when it meows, it will likely do it more in order to get more rewards.
Another possible cause is that your cat has some separation anxiety. This is where your cat does not like being without you and it gets anxious when it is without you. This would be more likely if your cat follows you around the house and it comes and sits with you when it comes into your room.
It wants something from you
Another possible reason is that it wants something from you. This would be more likely to be the reason if your cat does it more before it has been fed.
Things to consider
Below are some things to consider to help figure out the main reason why your cat has been doing it.
If your cat has always meowed when entering a room
If your cat did not always meow when entering a room, it would help to consider if anything else changed when it first started doing it. If it started doing it suddenly, it could be due to things such as if you stopped sitting in the room it usually sits in as often.
What is different when you cat does not meow when entering a room
If your cat does not always meow when it enters a room, it would also help to consider what is different when it does not meow. For example, if it only does it when you are in there, it would be more likely that it either is greeting, wants food or has some separation anxiety. Whereas, if it does it when it enters rooms that you are not in, it would be more likely to be due to things such as being territorial towards other cats.
What to do about your cat meowing when it enters a room
Below are some options you have when dealing with the behavior.
Limit reasons why it might be anxious without you
If it seems like your cat has been doing it due to separation anxiety, it would help to try to limit reasons why it might be anxious without you. Ways to do so could include giving it a safe space to sit in the room it normally stays in, access to the litter box and access to water.
Give it things at a regular time
It could also help to give your cat things such as food at around the same time each day. By doing so, your cat should learn when it can expect to get food and be less likely to come and get you to feed it at different times.
Let it do it
If your cat does not seem to be doing it due to hunger and it has not been behaving unusually in other ways, another option would be to let your cat continue doing it since it is likely not unusual behavior.