Like every cat, Savannah cats can meow and make many other interesting and distinct vocal noises for many different reasons. However, Savannahs are known to meow a lot, leaving many owners wondering why.
Savannah cats meow a lot for a variety of different reasons, such as when they want food, water, attention, or need their litter box cleaned. They could also meow because they’re bored or just want to make noise.
There are so many reasons as to why your Savannah may be meowing so much — and we’ll discuss them all below. We’ll also discuss in detail when meows could be bad, and what to do to limit your cat’s excessive meowing when needed!
Why Savannah Cats Meow More Than Other Cats
Savannah cats are known to be quite vocal cats. Compared to other domesticated breeds, they’re not the most vocal cat breed. How vocal your Savannah may be definitely depends on which generation of Savannah you have, as earlier generations (such as F1s) tend to be the loudest. Later generations, such as F5s, tend to be the quietest.
Of course, not every Savannah follows this line of logic. Just like with every cat, every Savannah is different and has their own unique personality. So, you might end up with a silent F1 Savannah or a very loud F5!
Just like with regular domesticated cats, Savannahs meow when they want or need something. Often, this means that they want food, water, or their litter box cleaned. But meows could also have something to do with wanting to play or wanting more attention from you. However, you’ll definitely begin to learn what the different noises your Savannah cat makes mean!
Different Vocal Noises Savannahs Can Make
Savannahs, just like any cat, can make many different vocal noises. Meows are the most common, though meows can mean a slew of different things. If you’ve ever had a cat before, you know how different meows can be, and your Savannah can draw out meows and sometimes even yowl when they want something.
For the most part, meows are the way Savannahs communicate with their owners. However, you might also hear your Savannah chirping away while they look outside the window, eyeing a bird they want to catch – but can’t.
Meows can sometimes signal pain or discomfort, so it’s important to truly understand the different inflections your Savannah makes during different meows. If you ever hear a hiss coming from your cat — and a Savannah’s hiss sometimes sounds like a snake hiss! — it’s time to ensure that your cat is safe.
Some Savannahs Are Just Chatty
Is your Savannah really talkative, but you can’t find out why they’re always meowing at you? Well, it could be that you just have a Savannah that likes to communicate with you vocally! This could be the case if they were raised by a breeder who talked with them a lot, or if they just really like to hear their own voice – and some cats do!
Obviously, this is harmless and often quite cute. But, as all cat owners know, sometimes it can be a little too much. Unfortunately, there isn’t anything to do if your cat is just really talkative. If they aren’t meowing because of a problem, there’s not a problem for you to solve. Therefore, they’ll just continue to meow.
You can always try to tire them out and play with them often, but chances are these types of cats will just keep chattering away. Remember, Savannahs are hybrids, and they’re not for everybody. If you don’t particularly like the idea of a loud, vocal cat, a regular domesticated cat may be more in line with your lifestyle than a Savannah!
Things That Can Trigger More Meowing
There are a few things that might trigger more meowing in your Savannah cat, though this obviously depends on why your cat is meowing so much in the first place. If your cat wants food and has none in their bowl, they’ll meow even more until they get some. The same thing goes if your cat wants water or a clean litter box.
Savannah cats are also known to act up and meow nonstop when they are in heat or looking for a mate (if they’re not neutered or spayed). Therefore, this will trigger more meowing during these specific timeframes, versus when they are not in heat or not looking for a mate. Again, understanding why your Savannah is meowing is key to truly understanding how to calm them down.
Chirping vs Meowing
Chirping is a very distinct vocal sound that comes from Savannahs and other domesticated cats. This is the sound that Savannahs make when they see something they cannot reach, such as a bird outside the window. Frustrated and wanting to catch the bird in front of them, they chirp as a way of signaling their frustration and desire.
Chirping is not meowing, though Savannahs sometimes mix meows with their chirping, which is very interesting. However, for the sake of this article, we’re going to include all the vocal noises that Savannahs could make excessively. If your Savannah loves to bird watch out the window, chances are this will trigger them to meow and chirp more often.
Normally, this doesn’t get too excessive. But, if it does begin to become a bit too much, close your curtains and keep your Savannah away from the window so they don’t chirp the day away!
Every cat owner knows that sometimes their cat just gets a little lost, which can trigger a lot of excessive meows until they know where their owner is. Often, this happens if your cat can’t find you. Ever been sitting in one room, only to hear your cat meowing very loudly in the next room, sounding quite stressed?
Savannahs, just like other cats, sometimes get lost in their own home and have a little panic attack if they can’t find the person they love. So, they’ll meow very loudly until they find out where their owner is. Often, you can just yell where you are, and your cat will come running to find you!
This form of excessive meowing is definitely not as long-lasting as other forms. However, don’t worry if your cat starts meowing loudly from another room all of sudden. Chances are, they’re just worried because they don’t know where you’ve gone and are looking for you!
Ways To Reduce Meowing
Has your Savannah begun to meow excessively to the point where it’s too much to handle? This can happen. Many Savannah owners have stated that, because of certain situations, their Savannah just won’t stop meowing. There’s always a reason your Savannah is meowing, even if they’re meowing excessively. So, the first step is finding out why your Savannah is meowing so much.
Always check and ensure that they have food, water, and a clean litter box, as constant meowing could mean that your cat needs one of these. Once you’ve checked those off the list, it’s time to think about what else could be causing the excessive meowing. Sometimes, it might just mean that they want a little attention from you!
Other times, it might be that they want to play. Savannahs are an incredibly energetic and playful cat breed. They need to be mentally and physically stimulated each and every day. If they don’t get enough playtime in, they could start meowing excessively to let you know that they’re bored and want to do something.
Play With Your Savannah
If your Savannah cat is meowing excessively because they’re bored, setting aside playtime sessions is one great way to stop them from meowing so much! Savannahs are smart cats that need a lot of interactive playtime with their owners. However, you can also buy robotic toys or toys they can play with by themselves when you’re busy or working.
Taking your Savannah out on a leashed walk can also be a great way to keep them from excessively meowing if they’re bored. Savannahs love going on walks, and this stimulates them both mentally and physically! Playing fetch and just playfully engaging with your Savannah throughout the day should help keep some of this excessive meowing at bay.
For the most part, a tired Savannah is a Savannah who won’t meow when they’re bored. So, get in enough playtime and activities with your Savannah throughout the day to keep them happy – and to keep them from meowing in protest throughout the night!
Get Your Savannah Neutered/Spayed
If your Savannah is excessively meowing when they’re in heat, the only option to keep this meowing at bay is to get them neutered or spayed. This really is the only way to stop your cat from meowing nonstop when they are in heat or looking for a mate. Obviously, this won’t stop them from meowing all the time. It’ll just stop them from acting out during these specific times.
Give Them Attention
Sometimes your Savannah could be meowing so much, not because they want to play, but because they want more attention from you. This might be the case if you work elsewhere during the day or if they feel like they haven’t seen enough of you throughout the day. Savannahs might be very playful and energetic, but they need cuddling just as much as the next cat.
Now, Savannahs aren’t known to be lap cats. They’re much too hyper to sit still for too long and definitely don’t like to be restrained in any way. But that doesn’t mean they don’t want to be petted! Savannahs will let you know when they want love and affection, and often they’ll meow to help you understand this.
So, if your Savannah keeps sticking around you, rubbing up on your legs, or trying to in any way lay on top of you while they meow, this could just mean they want a little bit of affection. It could also mean they want to play, because boy do Savannahs always want to play!
Understanding When To Indulge Your Savannah, And When Not To
You’ve probably heard before that you shouldn’t indulge your cat (whether they’re a Savannah or not) if they meow throughout the night, as this will only make them realize that meowing at night gets their owners to do what they want. The same goes for Savannahs who excessively meow at night time.
Obviously, this is easier said than done, because nobody likes letting their cat meow constantly when they want something. But sometimes it’s best to let your cat understand that they can’t always get what they want (as long as what they want is nothing essential, such as food or water).
So, if you’ve played with your Savannah all day and now they’re up all night meowing for more playtime, it might be time to draw the line. Savannahs can understand commands, so teaching them what “No” means could be all you need to do to help them understand that they can’t meow into the night. Eventually, once they don’t get everything they want, they’ll learn!
When To Worry About The Meowing
Some meows are good, and some meows are bad. It’s crucial to pay attention to how your cat meows (how long the meow is held, their inflection, etc.) to truly understand what your cat wants. Unfortunately, cats can meow when they’re happy and just want to talk to you, and when they’re sad, hurt, or ill.
Chances are, if your cat is ill or hurt, you’ll notice more than just their weird meows. Something else will be off. Are they eating and drinking normally? Are they playing around like they normally do, or have they become quite lazy and don’t move around often? It’s important to really evaluate your cat’s life when things are amiss.
If your cat is meowing because they are sick or hurt, the only way to properly take care of them (and find out what’s wrong) is to take them to the vet. Your vet will be able to accurately diagnose them and help you solve this problem. And, as with all illnesses, acting sooner rather than later is essential. You don’t want your cat to be sick or in pain any longer than they have to be!
Separation Anxiety In Cats
Just like with other pets, Savannah cats can sometimes get separation anxiety when their owner leaves if they’re very attached to them. However, true separation anxiety only happens in rare, extreme cases. Your Savannah may meow a bit when they’re alone, but this doesn’t necessarily mean that they have separation anxiety.
Signs of separation anxiety in cats include excessive (or nonstop) meowing, excessive self-grooming, signs of destruction and acting out, going to the bathroom outside of the litter box, and trying to escape from your house. If your Savannah is showing a lot of these signs, they could be suffering from separation anxiety every time you leave, whether it be for work or just to go to the store.
Lessen your cat’s anxiety by turning the TV on when you leave so they have noise in the house, as well as creating a safe space for them to relax if they’re stressed. It also helps to keep your curtains open, allowing them to look outside from a high point while you’re gone. Finally, it might also help to have friends check on your cat if you’re gone for a long time!
Cats Meowing When Stressed
Savannahs meow to communicate with you and let you know what they’re feeling, or what they want. Sometimes, they’ll also meow when they’re stressed. Often, this happens if there has been a change in their home or their lifestyle and they don’t like it, as it’s bringing them stress.
For example, they could start excessively meowing when they’re introduced to a new pet in the house, one that they’re not sure they like. They could start meowing nonstop if something in their daily routine has changed, and they don’t like this new change. Cats have to deal with stress just as we do, and they’ll meow to let you know when they don’t like how things are going.
For the most part, you don’t need to worry about this too much. Try and make things better for your cat if they’re really stressed, but most cats will learn to adjust to their new lifestyle soon enough. However, if your cat is consistently meowing and not eating, you might need to find out what’s stressing them out so much ASAP.
Savannah cats are considered to be one of the more vocal cat breeds. Meows can mean many different things, so it’s vital for every Savannah owner to understand what these different meows can mean so they can properly take care of their cat. While some meows can be a sign of a problem, most of the time they’re just letting you know they want food or attention!