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Nanette Vaughan, a nurse practitioner from Raleigh, North Carolina, knew Siamese were "chatty," and she liked the idea of a "talkative" cat. So, when Vaughan's new seal point kitten, Mandy, started talking up a storm, she encouraged her. A year later, Vaughan was practically begging Mandy to be quiet. (For more information on choosing the right pet, click here.)
"Siamese vocalize a lot," Vaughan says. "But Mandy meowed all day and into the night. It drove me nuts, and I didn't know how to control it."
"Constant meowing is how cats train owners," says Barbara Simpson, DVM, Diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists and adjunct professor at the NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine in Raleigh, North Carolina. "Cats quickly learn to get what they want by meowing, and owners reinforce this by giving in."Return to Top
Here are some tips on correcting incessant cat meowing:
As for Vaughan? She talked with her veterinarian and was told to steadfastly ignore Mandy's cries when they were inappropriate. "I played with Mandy several times a day so she'd know she was loved, but otherwise I ignored her," Vaughan reports. "It took three long weeks, but she finally got the message."Return to Top
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