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What is this street cat asking for, with continuous meowing?

If she's not satisfied with food/drink it may be that she is actually seeking nothing more than attention. Adult cats don't meow to each other (in cat-world it's only used to communicate between ...
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What is this street cat asking for, with continuous meowing?

The gist of the question is how to infer what a cat is asking for. Generally, I make myself available to the cat. Acknowledge their meow, make eye contact, stand in front of them, and wait for the ...
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My new cat won't stop meowing

This is unfortunate, but nothing to worry about. Of course the new surroundings and new people scare him at first. If the cat was taken from his own family (his parents or siblings), he might be ...
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Tried everything: Cat still meowing all night

Your cat may be doing exactly what you are doing now: crying for help. I assume that she only started this behavior about a week ago and didn't do anything like that before. The fact that she jumps on ...
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What can be done to stop roosters from crowing all day and night?

Roosters are very territorial animals. They crow to mark their territory and warn other roosters off or establish their order of rank if there are several roosters in the flock. The easiest solution ...
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Husky howling repeatedly - what can be done for it?

Let me sing to you the song of my people! Almost every Husky ever Huskies are very, very social dogs, even more so than many other breeds. They don't like being alone and they'll notice if something ...
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Tried everything: Cat still meowing all night

I will have to make this answer a bit general. If a cat changes behaviour like your cat has done, the first thing to do is to consult your vet. A cat will normally spend as little time as possible in ...
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What is this street cat asking for, with continuous meowing?

Feral cats don't meow at people, as a rule. I have cared for some ferals that eventually meowed at me after years of consistent feeding (I have a managed, TNR-ed colony). Your visiting cat has had ...
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How do I stop my Shiba puppy from screaming at the top of his lungs everyday at 6am?

First it is important to know that this kind of screaming is normal for the dog. Very young puppies will scream continuously when separated from the litter. That behaviour evolves but it makes sense ...
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My new cat won't stop meowing

New cats require patience. Especially a year-old cat - at this age they will have recently bonded quite strongly with whomever their previous owners were so they will need time to adjust and to warm ...
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Tried everything: Cat still meowing all night

Note: health concerns should not be dismissed out of hand. Since some other existing answers focus on possible urinary tract infections and other health issues, and since you have mentioned that you ...
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How do I stop my dog from barking at random strangers

First, I disagree with the training method that the website you found provided. I have barking issues with my current dog, and when talking to the trainer about it, the following was suggested (I have ...
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Male cat in heat symptoms and solution

The comments are already clear about the fact that male cats (or dogs for that matter) don't go into "heat" at a seasonal cycle. In nature, it's usually the females that have a hormonal ...
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Why is my cat growling at his toys?

I'd agree with Tijesunimi... your cat is -REALLY- getting into the spirit of the hunt. A true growl is always aggressive. In this case your cat is saying "THIS IS MINE, EVERYONE BACK OFF FROM IT!" ...
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What can be done to stop roosters from crowing all day and night?

Roosters crow, and there is no practical and humane way to silence them. You said "urban" so you live in a city or town. Many cities and towns have become more chicken-friendly in recent ...
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Dog vs. coffee grinder (how to control barking)

You need to desensitize her to it. Basically, when you train, you start with broad sweeping gestures to make it very clear for your dog what you want. When they offer something close to the behavior, ...
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Why does my boyfriend's dog hate me?

Expanding on my comment -- It sounds to me like at least part of your problem is that you have not asserted yourself as being higher ranked in its "pack" than the dog. When you have nervous body ...
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Why does my cat meow a lot more since moving?

It might be a sign that your cat is somewhat insecure; that he is anxious. I think with his meow he is saying: "Where am I? Where is my place, my territory?" A toy is a substitute for a captured prey,...
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Integrating a kitten - meowing back

Being taken from her family is a scary situation, even if you offer your kitten lots of hiding spaces. As Trond Hansen correctly stated, her meowing is her call for mommy or anyone of her old family. ...
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Positive reinforcement to diminish barking

First off, I want to applaud you for looking for a better way to fix a behavior that so many people would fix with positive punishment. I also agree with most of mattgiltaji's answer, but there are a ...
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My 3 year old cat's meow changed from a squeak to a meow

My cat did something similar. When he was kitten, he would not mew at all or would kind of squeak or move his mouth as if he was trying to. When he noticed the positive effect of this, it encouraged ...
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Cat Vocal Exercises for a cat with a quiet voice?

Concern about lung development If you are concerned about your cat's health, you should take your cat to the veternarian. The vet will listen to your cat's breathing and may take pictures (x-rays or ...
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How often do Beagles vocalize?

I don't think it even requires "extended professional training". A healthy dog, not bored and in a proper environment has no reason to bark all day. Dogs can be trained not to bark in (inappropriate) ...
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Bark collars and "shock therapy"

I'd try to avoid collars in general. While negative enforcement can work, it's hard to transport the message. Does the dog really understand the shock is due to him barking (might improve behavior) or ...
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Why does my dog bark for permission to eat?

The question why is hard to answer. We cannot ask your dog and cannot look inside his head. He did eat without permission in the past, so his current behavior is just a habit. What's important is that ...
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Did I make a mistake getting a 2nd cat?

It sounds to me like your cats mostly get along, and some of this is your worrying the situation is far worse than it actually is. Here's my read on some of their interactions: The cats cuddle and ...
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Preffered method for applying a barking collar

The preferred method really is: don't. As you see, it doesn't work, and with any automatic system, it is doubtful what the dog associates the punishment with. Have you tried training your dog to ...
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What is this street cat asking for, with continuous meowing?

It's hard to translate an unfamiliar cat's vocalizations. They tend to develop a "meow-language" with their human companions over time, but this can vary quite a bit between cats. My wife used to ...
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I am thinking of getting myself a dog, is it a good idea?

There are some breeds that have the tendency to bark a lot - mostly guarding and herding breeds, but also many smaller breeds categorized as "toy breeds". Dog breeds that bark a lot include: ...
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