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9 Likely Reasons Why Your Cat Goes Into Another Room and Meows

Kit Copson

By Kit Copson

Tubby cat meows with its mouth open

If you’re a cat parent, your cat going into another room and starting to meow is one of the behaviors you may have noticed. This can seem strange and can even be startling if you’re not accustomed to it—it’s understandable to be concerned when you suddenly hear a piercing yowl seemingly out of nowhere!

Cats engage in all kinds of behaviors that may seem odd to us but make perfect sense when you know more about the reasons behind them and, fortunately, meowing in another room doesn’t always signal a serious issue.

There are a fair few potential reasons your cat may remove themself to another room to meow and they’re all centered around them trying to communicate something to you. Let’s explore this further.

The 9 Likely Reasons Why Your Cat Goes Into Another Room and Meows

1. Asking for Attention

One of the most common reasons cats go to another room to meow is that they’re trying to get your attention. It’s possible that these whip-smart felines have figured out that by disappearing from your field of vision and meowing, it gets you heading in that direction to find out what’s going on.

If your cat is feeling bored or neglected, it might help to take breaks now and then to have short play sessions with them. This gives them attention and mental stimulation while keeping them active, thereby tiring them out more and putting them in a more relaxed state of mind.

Also, make sure you’re being tactile enough with your cat if they’re the type to enjoy a cuddle and a fuss. This doesn’t mean petting them all day but setting aside a bit of time here and there throughout the day goes a long way toward making sure your cat feels loved and secure.

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2. Hunger or Thirst

If your cat’s food and water bowls are in the room they’re meowing in, they may be signaling to you that they’re hungry or that their water bowl is due to be freshened up. If you’re out during the day, you might want to consider a timed automatic feeder and water fountain as these keep your cat’s water supply much cleaner than when it’s left out in a bowl.

3. Bathroom Needs

Like with food and water bowls, if your cat’s litter box is due for a cleaning, your cat might go to the room where it is and start meowing to alert you to the fact that it isn’t quite up to their exacting standards of cleanliness. Cats are quite fastidious, and most will completely avoid using a litter box that isn’t clean enough.

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4. Illness

A cat that isn’t feeling their best might meow more than usual to let you know they’re unwell or in pain. Cats are very adept at hiding when they’re sick or in pain, but excessive vocalizing is one of the giveaway signs that something isn’t right.

Other symptoms include (but are not limited to):
  • Changes in eating habits (eating more or less than usual or not at all)
  • Drinking more water
  • Going to the bathroom outside the litter box
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Irritability
  • Reluctance to be touched or held
  • Lethargy
  • Poor coat condition
  • Overgrooming
  • Hiding more
  • Weight loss or gain

5. Stress

Cats are very sensitive to change, whether that be moving house, rearrangement of furniture or rooms, a new pet, a new baby, or a change in your daily routine or work routine. If there have been some changes in your cat’s life of late or they’re living in a stressful environment for whatever reason, they may react by meowing excessively.

They may also groom themselves more, seem withdrawn, become destructive (i.e. scratching or biting objects and furniture), demand more attention than usual, and appear generally tense.

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6. Personality

Some cat breeds are known for being more vocal than others. It’s not unusual for a Siamese, for example, to chatter away to you throughout the day with no real reason other than that it’s part of their personality. If your chatty cat off somewhere and starts meowing, they might simply be continuing the “conversation” they were just having with you from another room.

7. Calling for Help

If your cat starts meowing out of nowhere in another room—especially when they’re playing or exploring—it could be because they’ve hurt themselves or have gotten stuck somewhere like on top of a wardrobe. Go check it out to be on the safe side.

Cat in Heat. Three-colored Tabby Cat On Call Sitting on The Windowsill
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8. Aging

Senior cats may meow more often for a variety of reasons, including confusion due to cognitive dysfunction syndrome and problems with vision or mobility.

For example, if your aging cat’s vision isn’t what it used to be, they might meow because they’re unable to find their way around a room. If they have a painful condition or a joint condition, they may be calling for help to get into the litter box or their bed. It’s a good idea to get your senior cat checked out by a vet for visual and cognitive issues.

9. In Heat

It’s not uncommon for cats in heat to meow or even yowl much more than usual. Other signs of a cat in heat include demanding lots of attention, being clingy, and rubbing up against people or objects.

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The reasons cats may meow at you from another room range from the harmless like wanting a bit of TLC to the more concerning like illness, injury, or being in pain. If you suspect that a medical condition might be causing your cat to meow more, you have an older cat that has started vocalizing excessively, or your cat is showing other symptoms of being unwell, it’s time to get them to a vet for a checkup.

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