I can't take my poor cat's meowing every night!
Patches, 2 year old
Hi, I have a 2 year old male cat named Patches. He's an indoor cat, he's never given us any trouble, and has always been very well behaved. Recently though, he's been crying behind our front door to go outside to "meet" other cats on our street. I will explain. Stray cats keep coming behind our front door and they stay crying for my cat, Patches. Obviously my cat who can smell and hear them goes behind our front door and cries for them too. It's basically like a Romeo & Juliet love story in short. We couldn't take all these cats crying every single night, so we decided to go get Patches neutered. I felt so relieved for the first couple of days because Patches didn't seem to be interested in the other strays anymore, so the crying stopped. But for some reason yesterday the crying started again, and I can't take it! I can't understand why this is happenning, since my cat is now fixed, and I just can't stand to see my cat so upset. Also I can hear the strays meowing from a mile away, and I can't sleep because of this. My cat is much more quiet and only meows maybe once every 5-10 minutes, but it's still quite annoyoying. All I want is to understand why my cat is suddenly doing this even though he is neutered, and how to stop it. Any suggestions would be helpful. Thanks :)
You didn't say how long ago it was that your cat was neutered. i ask because if it was only in the last few weeks then it is likely that his hormone levels have not dropped yet after the operation. this can take several weeks to a month for some cats. Once his hormone levels have drooped he will be a calmer cat.
You could also try some of the cat calming sprays etc which can help cats through a particularly difficult period and this may help too. See my page about nervous cats and the medications available here scared-cat.html
You also need to try and keep the other cats away from your doors and windows. using a strong citrus sprays around the frames etc can help to do this. Plus when your cat is no longer giving off a strong male scent they should move on any way.
best wishes kate
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