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Why Does My Cat Yowl After Eating?

Why Does My Cat Yowl After Eating?

The short answer is your cat is telling you she wants more food. It could also mean she isn’t feeling well. Let us explain.

Cats communicate with humans by yowling and meowing. They do so to greet us, ask for something, or let us know something’s not right. Kittens usually meow to their mothers when they need something. However, as they get older, they reserve their meows for communication with human beings. Therefore, adult cats will meow in communication with you. 

Yowling sounds are almost similar to meowing, except they’re more melodic and drawn out. Adults tend to yowl at each other during mating season and at human beings. However, it’s usually not as melodious sounding to the human ear as cats think when they yowl persistently. In addition, some cat breeds like the Siamese tend to meow and yowl more than others.

Why Does My Cat Yowl After Eating?

Generally, cats yowl to communicate, especially during mating season. A cat in heat will yowl to another as a way to suggest they get together. Interested cats would yowl back, signaling their desire to participate. Yowling may also signal that a cat wants to be left alone. In other instances, a cat may yowl out of boredom. Therefore, when your cat yowls after eating, you should take note since it is an unusual time to do so.

1. The Cat Loved the Meal

Yowling after enjoying a meal is your cat’s way of expressing her satisfaction. If she found the meal exceptional, it’s only fitting that she lets you know. In such cases, there’s nothing to worry about. Your cat will go about her day without any issues. 

2. It Wants Your Attention

Your cat may also yowl after eating to get your attention. Cats are strange animals and may keep to themselves until they deal with whatever is disturbing them. Therefore, she may yowl to let you know she no longer has any issues and is ready to play. 

Two cats sniffing each other

3. Your Cat Is Not Full

You may have served your feline friend less food, and she is letting you know she wants seconds. A yowl will catch your attention and draw you close to the feeding area. Observe how she acts when you get there to tell if it is hunger. She may point to her feeding bowl or head for where you store her food. Give her some more food and watch what she does.

4. It Doesn’t Like How the Food Tastes

There is a wide variety of cat food on the market. Your cat is ordinarily concerned with how the food tastes. Therefore, if you buy your cat food that she doesn’t like, she will immediately tell you. She probably won’t eat much of it before asking you why you made such a mistake. Yes, I know; she can’t talk. However, that yowl will convey this specific message.

You may be consistent with your food choices, but a cat’s preferences and tastes change as she grows. While she loved the same food recently, she may not feel that way today, hence the yowl. 

5. It Is in Pain

Cats are predators but can also be prey due to their small stature. Therefore, they will not announce when they are injured for strategic reasons. Instead, they will look for a safe place to heal. In addition, they will look for food to help them heal. Each bite would leave them in pain if they were injured in their mouth area. A full stomach may also be painful if the injury is on the torso. Surprisingly, your cat will focus on eating first, then the pain later. Therefore, you will hear your cat yowl after eating. 

6. It Is in Heat

A cat yowling after eating may not have anything to do with food. It is mating season, and your cat wishes to let other cats know of her intentions. You can expect such yowls if you don’t have your cat neutered or spayed.

7. Your Cat Is Confused

If your cat is old, she will have frequent bouts of confusion and yowl in frustration. With age comes poor eyesight, hearing loss, and dementia, among other forms of cognitive dysfunction. 

Cat yawning

8. Your Cat Is Communicating With Other Cats

If you keep several cats, you know they are particular about territorial boundaries. For example, you have to place their feeding bowls in separate locations, or feeding time will be a war. Despite such territorial issues, feeding time can be lonely, so cats will yowl to remain in touch. Yowling will be to inquire if other cats are done eating so they can play. You may notice such communication any time you separate your cats, such as when you visit the vet.

9. Your Cat Is Sick

Similar to injuries, cats try to conceal illnesses for as long as they can. Vulnerability is a sign of weakness they think they can’t afford, despite the safety of domestic settings. Therefore, after focusing on eating, your cat may have no choice but to yowl in pain. The older your cat gets, you should attribute such yowling to illnesses. However, you can be sure after taking her to the vet.

10. It Has Gas

Cats pass gas like any other animal. It is usually silent and comfortable for the cat, leaving an unpleasant but tolerable smell. However, your cat may experience bloating, pain, and pass bad-smelling gas while yowling. Gas may be because of food allergies, lousy food, or overeating too fast. It may also indicate a more severe stomach problem that requires prompt vet attention. Harsh conditions include ulcers, gastrointestinal obstruction, inflammatory bowel syndrome, cancer, worms, or parasites. 

11. A More Severe Case: Kidney Failure

If your cat is older than ten years, you need to consider the possibility she is experiencing kidney failure. Acute renal failure can develop suddenly due to an injury or infection. Kidney failure can also occur if your cat consumes poisonous substances. Certain houseplants are deadly to cats, as are pesticides. You’ll notice your cat displaying other symptoms besides the cries in pain. Examples include vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, poor appetite, dry mouth, lethargy, frequent urination, and bloody urine. 

Can You Stop the Yowling?

Cats may love their yowling, but it is a disturbing sound. Here is what you can do about it:

Cat yowling

Don’t Reinforce the Habit

If your cat yowls to grab your attention and shows no signs of pain or illness, ignore her. The moment you give her attention, you teach her to expect it every time she yowls. Therefore, remain patient and resolved until she drops the habit.

Don’t Give Her Time to Yowl

If she does it the moment she’s done eating, initiate another activity to distract her. For example, start playing a game once you confirm she’s full. Do this to disassociate yowling with feeding time. 

Provide Your Cat With Tasty Food

Ensure you serve your cat with food she likes. Observe how she reacts to the food and change it when she grows out of that particular flavor. In addition, ensure her food is always fresh, in the right consistency, and served in clean feeding bowls. Furthermore, serve her enough food to satisfy her to prevent her from asking for more.

Call the Vet

If the yowling persists, you should schedule a visit to the vet. She may not display obvious signs of a disease, but something may be wrong. A professional assessment should reveal whatever physiological or psychological issue makes your cat yowl. 


Many reasons could have your cat yowling after eating. They range from acceptable, such as a sign that she loves her meal or wants more. It may also be a sign of danger, such as pain from an injury or illness. On the other hand, it may be unrelated to the food, such as a mating call or boredom. In each case, you need to observe your cat for other symptoms or communication to pinpoint the cause accurately. If she needs medical attention, do not hesitate to provide it. Similarly, if she requires some discipline, treat it with urgency.