Cats meow to bring attention to themselves and some cats will continue explaining their issue or need until it’s met.

Whilst it may be nice to have your cat meow and wrap themselves around your feet, a constant stream of noise quickly becomes tiresome.

If your cat is meowing relentlessly, consider the possibility that she is feeling stressed. See our article ‘soothing anxious cats’ for tips on how to calm her down. If this is not the case, then your cat simply wants your attention.

The solution to curbing the noise is to simply ignore your cat every time she meows. This means, that at 3am you ignore the meowing, the standing on your head or swiping your eyelids, and refuse to move. Don’t feed, talk to, or spray her with water. If you have to, perhaps shut the cat out of the room for a few weeks.

If the behaviour has been happening for a long time, it may take some time for it fade. Be aware, it will get worse before it gets better, as your cat tries longer and harder to solicit a reaction from you. You need to be strong, practice some tough love, and hopefully your nights will be peaceful again soon.