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Attention-Seeking / Excessive Vocalization

Excessive crying, pawing, and other attention-seeking behaviors can be a sign of your cat's overdependence on you. Use these resources to trace the cause of your cat's insecurities and apply the training suggestions for a happier household.

Attention Seeking Behavior in Cats
Attention-seeking behavior and excessive vocalization often go hand-in-hand with cats. Causes for these behaviors can be either physical or emotional, or both. Before punishing your cat for excessive crying and meowing, or other attention seeking behavior, do some homework on possible causes.

Motor Mouth Cats - Cats Who Meow - Chirp - Mew Constantly
Do you have a motor-mouth cat? Does your cat meow, chirp, mew, or howl constantly? Is she a chatty catty? Does it bother you, or do you enjoy talking with your verbose cat? Share your story about your motor-mouth cat with other readers, by filling out an easy form.

Cat Rolling
Read this article by cats.About.com behavior contributor Amy Shojai to learn why cats roll why cats seek attention with cat rolling behavior.

Rippling Skin Disorder
Rippling Skin Disorder, also known as feline hyperesthesia, often is accompanied by loud "lost in the night" howling, sometimes following by racing around the house. Learn more about this disturbing condition in cats.

Scratching Below the Surface
Guest writer C.H.U. proposed the theory that cats sometimes scratch inappropriately in order to draw their humans' attention to their needs. I'll certainly go along with that!

Noisy Cats
The HSUS offers causes and cures for excessive vocalization in cats with this excellent article.

Displacement Activities and Stereotypes
Cats International provides an in-depth article on certain displacement activities, such as PICA, which often are a call for attention.

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