my kitten keeps meowing

by Amanda
(North Carolina, USA)

I just adopted my little kitty Eva yesterday from the animal shelter. They told me she is 6 months old, was spayed about 5 days ago. I am a little worried about her though b/c she will not stop meowing. The only way to stop this is by petting her and holding her (which I love to do!) but unfortunately cannot do 24/7. She cried all night long off and on, I have read online that she is probably not used to my apartment or even me yet. I have tried to make her comfortable: some toys, food, I kept the blanket she slept on at the shelter so she would feel familiar with something. I really do no think she is sick, she does not have any symptoms of illness (eating fine, using the litter box, etc.) Still, I am worried that I am doing something wrong..I do not want her to cry, so I do not want to leave her. I am taking her to the vet this week for a checkup and I will ask about this as well, but until then, any advice would be greatly appreciated!

Answer by Kate
Hi, your kitten is not crying. She is trying to get your attention this is normal behavior. the problme is if you arespond to her meowing now she will always do it, which will mean years of having a cat get you up at night all the time. Please see my page about cat meowing under the cat behvaior tab on the navigation bar, it will help you understand why she is doing it and what you can do.
best wishes

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by: Gemma

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