If you have a cat who meows for everything and you’re wondering how in the world you can train him to be quiet, you first have to look at whether you’ve actually reinforced the unwanted behavior. Have you been giving him attention in any form whenever he meows? If so, you’ve let him know that vocalizing will get rewarded.
Rule out Medical Causes for Your Cat’s Behavior
To be safe, if this is a new behavior or if your cat is up there in age, have him checked out by the veterinarian to make sure there isn’t an underlying medical cause. It’s common for older cats who have some hearing loss or are experiencing age-related cognitive dysfunction, to start vocalizing more. You also want to make sure kitty isn’t meowing because he’s in pain or disoriented.