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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How do I reduce my hound's intense prey drive (towards squirrels and cats)?

One of my dogs has prey drive too - and the second one hates cats. They are street dogs - though we┬┤ve picked them up as puppies, instincts are sitting deep. I once made an anti-prey-drive-course ...
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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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10 month old GSD going crazy in crate - how to stop this?

In addition to Omar's answer, you should make your "bad" dog work for simple, everyday things. There are several different forms of puzzle feeders available that offer different levels of ...
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Cat growling at nearby people while holding a "caught" toy

From your description, this sounds to me as if your cat is just really immersed into the play hunt. We frequently see this behavior from our own cats with live prey. When they caught a mouse for ...
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Figuring out why one of my dogs barks at one of my roommates

Right now, your dog is having an emotional response to your roommate. It will be difficult to train the dog to do an incompatible behavior unless you fix that first. What you need to do is condition a ...
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7 month old cat throws up wet food

Keep an eye on him! He might be having an off day. If you notice in the next couple of days that he's eating/drinking significantly less or that he's losing weight (weigh him daily if you can until ...
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Why can't my cat meow, unless she really wants in the house?

Why can't my cat meow? Then... My cat can meow Okay then... Cats vocalize differently regardless of how they're raised, much like how you and your siblings who were raised together developed ...
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Why do cats sometimes sound like crying babies?

The cats you're hearing are most likely females in heat. The sounds afterwards may be male cats fighting over the female, or possibly the female scrabbling with the male, possibly rejecting him, or ...
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Bark collars and "shock therapy"

Was there no remote control to the collar? As you correctly guessed, the collar activates too often and punishes your dog for actions he should not be punished for like being excited when visitors ...
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Bark collars and "shock therapy"

Does anyone know of a bark collar that allows "fine grained" control of when it shocks? I would suggest a manual trigger (remote) instead of an automatic one. Find the right automatic trigger for ...
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