We get it, you’re a curious. You’ve got questions and we’ve got answers. For this series, we send your burning kitty q’s to our panel of experts who can help you get inside your cat’s high-held head.
We consulted Dr. Mikel Maria Delgado, a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist and a postdoctoral fellow at the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California, Davis. Mikel has worked professionally with cats for almost twenty years, starting in the Cat Behavior Program of the San Francisco SPCA, and more recently through her cat behavior consulting partnership, Feline Minds. She’s also co-author with Jackson Galaxy of the 2017 book “Total Cat Mojo,” and has published her research in several academic journals.
Okay, like I'm sure most do, I enjoy sleeping in, especially on the weekends. My cat however usually has a different idea and will begin meowing until I eventually get up and fill up her bowl. I would love just one morning to sleep in, but if I could also modify this behavior, that would be fantastic. Any tips?
This is a very common question we get on the weekly Smalls Instagram Live Ask an Expert Q+A! Begging behavior can be because your cat is hungry or excited about the food. But meowing can also be a habit that gets reinforced by human attention. So what can you do if your cat is desperate for their dinner?
[#BeginTLDR#] Create a routine for your cat, so they know when to expect meals. [#SplitTLDR#] As hard as it may be, don't give in to the meows! Reinforcing the behavior with a meal shows your cat that it's okay to beg [#EndTLDR#]