If your cat meows when it sees you, 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 sees me? Common reasons why your cat meows when it sees you are that it has separation anxiety, it is hungry, it wants to go outside, or that it is just glad to see you.

There are actually a number of possible reasons why your cat meows when it sees you and it might be due to a combination of them. However, there are some things you can consider when figuring out the main causes and there are a number of things you can do about them.

Why does my cat meow when it sees me?

Below are a number of possible reasons why your cat has been doing it and what would make each of them more likely.

Separation anxiety

The cause could be that it has some separation anxiety. This is where your cat does not like being separated from you and being separated from you causes it to become anxious. This would be more likely if your cat becomes anxious when you are leaving by doing things such as crying and if it does not seem to want anything from you, when it sees you, other than attention.

It is hungry

Another possible cause is that your cat is hungry. This would be more likely if you tend to feed it when you get home, it does not have access to food while you are away and if it does not meow when it has already had food.

It wants to go outside

Another cause could be that your cat wants to go outside. This would be more likely if your cat tries to go out the door when it sees you.

An issue with the room it stays in

It might also be the case that there is an issue with the room it stays in that causes your cat to become anxious. This would be more likely if your cat has to stay in a certain room while you are away. It might be the case that the room is too loud, there are other pets in there that it does not like or that it does not have access to a litter box.

It is glad to see you

It might also be the case that it felt anxious without you and now it is glad that you are around. This would be more likely if it rubs itself against you and wants to be petted. It would also be more likely if your cat always meows when it sees you, even when you have not been away for long.

Things to consider about your cat meowing it sees you

Below are some things to consider when figuring out the main reason why your cat has been meowing when it sees you.

If your cat always meowed when it saw you

If your cat has only started meowing when it sees you suddenly, it would help to consider what else changed when your cat first started doing it. Possible causes could be that you made it stay in a certain room, you stop giving it access to food and water or you started being away at a different time.

What is different when your cat does not meow when it sees you

If your cat does not always meow when it sees you, it would also help to consider what is different when your cat does not meow. For example, if it does not meow when it has had access to food, the cause would be more likely to be that it is hungry.

What can I do about my cat meowing when it sees me?

Below are some options you have when dealing with the behavior.

Give it access to food and water

Since your cat might be doing it because it wants food or water, it would help to make sure that your cat has access to food and water while you are away.

Limit reasons why it might not like the room it stays in

If it has to stay in a certain room, while you are away, it would also help to make sure that there are no issues with the room. Possible issues could be that the room is too loud or that there is another animal in there that your cat does not like.

Give it things to be distracted with

Another thing that could be of some use would be to give your cat something, such as a toy, to be distracted with while you are away.

Why has my cat suddenly started whining it sees me?

If your cat has started whining, when it sees you, suddenly, it would be likely to be due to a sudden change. It could be because you stopped feeding it before leaving it, you stopped giving it attention before leaving it, or it had to stay in a different room.

Why does my cat cry when it sees me?

You cat might be crying when it sees you for any of the reasons mentioned above. It would help to consider what is different when it does not cry and what else happened when it first started.

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