7 month old kitten suddenly crying

by Emily Rosenthal

Earlier this week my 7 month old neutered male kitten started crying a lot more than usual. He was very vocal since we adopted him 2 months ago but this is beyond normal for him. Every morning he cries unusually loud for his food and after he's eaten comes back into the bedroom and cries basically until we wake up. It seems like a cry for attention since he usually stops when we give him any, but then he also runs out of the room and cries loudly from somewhere else. The only thing that changed this week is that my boyfriend went away for 3 days and after the first day he started crying in the mornings. Help?? I don't want to take him to the vet but he is FELV+ so this new behavior is making me nervous!

Thank you!

well in most cases this is learned behavior i.e the cat learns that when they cry they get a reaction from you, this could be a tickle, food or something as simply as eye contact.

If you respond to him every time he cries then you are reinforcing this behavior. So getting a balance is important.

However if you notice any other changes and are concerned regarding his health condition then yes a trip to the vet would be advisable. But i think it is too early at this stage to start to worry.

See how he goes over another couple of days. try not to respond to him every time he cries, this may help him to unlearn this behavior.

best wishes kate


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