Train Your Cat to be Quiet
How do you do this? It’s actually very simple but it takes patience. Wait out the meowing and don’t acknowledge your cat until he stops. When he’s quiet, immediately reward him. At first, the time that he’s quiet will be very brief but if you only reward him when he isn’t meowing, he’ll eventually realize that silence offers a better consequence than vocalization. Gradually, you can increase the time you’re asking him to be quiet before offering the reward.
I’ve found the easiest way to do “quiet” training is with a clicker. I click when the cat isn’t meowing and immediately offer a reward. Clicker training is a very effective way to let the cat know what you want from him.
Below is a video demonstrating how clicker training is used to train a very vocal cat to be quiet. The video by Dr. Sophia Yin, shows how the cat learns to make the connection that vocalization gets him no reward but being quiet earns him a treat.
Be Patient and Consistent When Training Your Cat
If your cat has been used to getting his own way through non-stop meowing, it will take some patience on your part to do the training but since you’re dealing with a very smart animal, he’ll soon learn what behavior offers good rewards and what behavior offers nothing.
Consistency is extremely important in training so don’t reward him for being quiet half the time while you’re yelling at him or giving in to what he wants the other times. Inconsistency sends a very confusing mixed message to the cat and it creates frustration for everyone involved.
For more information on cat behavior and training, refer to the articles on our website and the best-selling books by Pam Johnson-Bennett. If you have a question about your cat’s behavior or health, contact your veterinarian. This article is not intended as a medical diagnosis nor is it a replacement for your cat’s regular veterinary care. This article is for general information purposes only.