Cats are independent but they can also be clingy toward their humans. They tend to be vocal depending on their breed and if so, their meows and purrs may vary in tone and volume and in the manner with which they express it. A cat’s yowling is characterized by a long, throaty and low-pitched moan that is often loud and drawn-out. Some pet owners may liken the sounds to that of a crying baby. Cats yowl to communicate not only to humans but to fellow cats as well.
Why does my cat go into another room and yowl?
Here are the most common reasons why your cat yowls while in another room:
1. Your cat is calling for you to come to the room.
If your cat goes to another room and yowls, she may be calling you to go to that room. Yowling is her way to call your attention and she may be calling you to tell you something. It may be a perceived danger or she may have sensed something is wrong. Some cats may yowl, approach you and lead you back to the room where she came from.
Your cat may also yowl after she goes to another room to show off her catch of the day. She may be calling you to come so she can show you her catch or trophies, this could be a bug, rodents or just her toys. Still, some cats will yowl merely to check on you or to be reassured that you are with them and they are not alone although you are in another room.
Some cat owners shared that if their cats yowl from another room they will answer back with, “I am here!” and their pets would either come to where the owner is or just stop yowling. This is an indication of how some cats tend to be needy and they want to be constantly reassured that their owners are nearby.
2. To communicate with other cats.
Cats yowl to communicate with fellow cats and if your feline goes to another room and yowls, she may be telling other cats nearby that it is her territory. She may also yowl to invite a nearby cat to come for playtime.
3. She may be disoriented, in distress or feeling ill.
Another reason why your cat may be yowling while in another room is because she may be feeling disoriented and confused. This is often observed among senior cats that are suffering from poor eyesight or dementia. The yowls are more likely to be low-volumed but constant or persistent and usually happen during nighttime.
Your cat may also be yowling while in another room because she may be feeling ill and suffering from health issues like high blood pressure which could lead to visual disturbance and cognitive dysfunction. Other probable reasons could be that your cat is in pain due to arthritis or hyperthyroidism. If you suspect that the yowling is health-related, you should bring your cat to the vet for a thorough evaluation and treatment.
4. Your cat may be in heat.
If your cat goes to another room and yowls it may mean that she is in heat and she is looking for a mate. Cats that are not spayed or neutered attract potential mates through long and loud yowling when they are in heat. Having your cat spayed or neutered will usually resolve the issue.
5. She may be bored or lonely.
Another reason why your cat may be yowling in another room is that she is frustrated, bored or lonely. This is usually the case especially if your cat has spent time before as an outdoor cat. Cats need enrichment and activities in their lives to keep up with their active and playful nature. Provide cat toys and consider installing a cat enclosure or catio in your backyard to let your cat explore the outdoors in a secure way.
6. Your cat may be hungry.
If your cat goes to another room and yowls it may also mean that she is hungry and she is looking for food. However, if she is doing this although she just had her meals or treats, there may be another cause for the yowling episodes.
7. She may be stressed or anxious.
Another reason your cat may be yowling while in another room is that she may be stressed or anxious. This is usually the case for younger cats. There may have been recent changes in your household that made her anxious such as a new pet, new family member, a recent move or home remodeling. If you suspect that your cat is stressed, consult your vet or a cat behaviorist to resolve the issue and you may also try pheromones like Feliway to help calm her down.
Cats tend to be sociable and playful and sometimes also very vocal. They tend to express what they feel through vocalization such as when they yowl loudly while in another room. Your cat may be yowling in another room to call your attention, to be reassured that you are in the house with her, to express discomfort or pain or to attract potential mates.
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