If your cat meows while walking around the house, this post will show you a number of possible reasons why and what you can do about it.
So, why does my cat meow while walking around the house? Possible reasons why your cat meows while walking around the house are that it wants attention, it has separation anxiety, it wants to be fed, or that it has an injury.
There are actually a number of possible reasons why your cat meows and walks around the house and it might be due to a combination of reasons. 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 while walking around the house
Below are some things you can consider when figuring out the main cause.
It wants attention
The cause could be that it is looking for attention. This would be more likely if it does it more when you have not been giving it much attention for a while and it runs up to you and gets you to pet it.
Another reason might be that it has some separation anxiety. This would be more likely if it goes around the house looking for you, it follows you around the house and it gets anxious when you are leaving it.
It is being territorial
Another possible cause is that it is being territorial. This would be more likely if your cat meows when it enters rooms with other cats in and if it becomes aggressive towards those cats.
Injury or pain
It could also be the case that it has been doing it due to getting an injury or being in pain. This would be more likely if it has started doing it suddenly and if it has been showing other signs of having an injury such as moving around unusually. In this case, the best option would be to get help from a vet.
It wants something from you
It could also be the case that it has been doing it because it wants something from you. This would be more likely if it tends to do it more when you have not yet fed it.
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 walked around the house and meowed
If your cat did not always walk around the house and meow, it would help to consider what else happened when your cat first started doing it. If it started doing it suddenly, it could be due to things such as getting fed later than usual, you started staying in a different part of the house, or another change in its environment.
What is different when your cat does not walk around the house and meow
If your cat tends to do it more at a certain time, it would also help to consider what is different about the timing. For example, if your cat tends to do it when you have not fed it yet, the cause would be more likely to be that it wants food. Whereas, if it does it when it is on its own, the cause could be separation anxiety.
What to do about your cat walking around the house and meowing
Below are some options you have when dealing with the behavior.
If your cat has started doing it suddenly and it seems like it might be due to it being in pain, the best option would be to take it to a vet. By doing so, you should be able to get expert advice tailored towards your particular cat and to rule out the possibility of it being due to injury.
Limit reasons why it might be anxious
If it seems to be doing it due to separation anxiety, it could also help to limit reasons why it might get anxious without you. Ways to do so could include giving it a safe place to stay that is quiet, giving it access to food and water and ensuring it has access to a litter box.
Give it things at a regular time
It could also help to feed your cat at around the same time each day so that it knows when it can expect to be fed.
Let it stay where it wants to
If your cat seems to be doing it because it wants to enter a certain room, another option would be to let your cat stay in that room.