Why Does My Cat Meow Before Going To The Bathroom

Just like humans, cats do the strangest habits when they need to go and do their deed. Some may scratch the floor before drinking water, others may seem to want attention by purring louder. And there are those that meow so loud before stepping into the litter box.

However, in this article, we will explore the possible reasons for your cat meowing before going to the bathroom.

I have already experienced this behavior multiple times and wanted to address it.

We will go through the basics and tell you some stuff you need to pay attention.

Let’s get to it

Why Do Cats Meow When They Poop?

There are quite a few reasons cats act in such a way before starting their bathroom break.

Felines are often put into words by meowing to announce their bowel movements.

It is either because they are uncomfortable defecating or simply want to get noticed, so you go to the bathroom with them.

If your moggy has always meowed before every single time they do their deed, that is one thing. But, if you just noticed them doing it now, that’s another.

Pay close attention to what your kitten is trying to tell you, mostly when meowing happens before, while, and after they poop.

Meowing is your mouser’s way of drawing your attention to their problem that needs your urgent care and attention.

Cat Cries Before Going To The Bathroom

Two of the significant reasons cat feel vulnerable when going to the bathroom are;

  • To keep away potential predators. When cats use the bathroom, they remain stationary, and they feel they can not flee quickly if a threat comes in.
  • To let you know, you should remove the poop after it gives out an aroma that sends signals to other predators of where they’re.

When a tom announces he needs to go to the bathroom, he wants you to watch his back and stay close.

Cats hate the feeling of vulnerability. They feel vulnerable the most when they are in the bathroom, doing their thing.

But, it should be in moderation. While they want you to keep an eye on them and have you nearby, they still need their privacy.

When they start to meow to signal a bathroom break, keep a trail behind him but keep your distance.

Just enough to let him smell you and know you’re there.

That should assure him that he is safe to do what has to be done.

Afterward, you react by cleaning up the area and removing the evidence. That should make him entirely comfortable.

More Details on Why Your Cat Meows Towards The Bathroom

If meowing has been your tabby’s habit every time it goes to the bathroom, then it may not be something to worry so much about.

But, if it has just happened recently, it could be a sign of something you should check.

If it is out of your cat’s demeanor and something you have a bad feeling about, it is best to act on it.

Most cat owners think that if meowing sounds a pitch slightly higher or more frequent than usual, they need to get paid with extra attention.

It wouldn’t be so bad to get them checked out by the vet, to make sure and play it safe.

1. Health Concerns

Potential health-related issues could be causing your cat to be loud before going to the bathroom.

Not so much a big reason to alarm you but if you feel the meowing is out of character, it may be due to various health reasons. You should check symptoms (1)

2. UTI

Yes, UTI (Urinary Tract Infection) is fairly common in felines. Bacterium working their way up to the cat’s bladder results in painful infections (2). Aside from meowing before doing what they need to do in the bathroom, watch our for these common UTI signs in cats;

  • Struggled or strained urination
  • Persistent small quantities urination
  • Bloody spots in the urine
  • Genital licking
  • Urine stench
  • Accidental urination outside the litter box

UTIs can be risky if left untreated. This infection could potentially lead to bladder stones or blockages.

Catching UTI early on helps to keep the treatment simple. A set of antibiotics prescribed by the vet should clear them up in a few days.

However, if it has developed to something more severe like bladder stones, it could be more problematic, including surgery.

3. Intestinal Blockages or Bladder Stones

The developing stage of UTI leads to intestinal blockages or bladder stones. These stones cause a blockage that makes it difficult for moggies to defecate or urinate. The symptoms are almost the same as that of UTI’s.(3)

Medical attention is required for such a scenario. Especially when your cat is vomiting (4) and the vomit smells like a fecal matter. This suggests that the intestinal block leaks feces into your kitten’s digestive tract.

Bladder stones (5) in cats are diet-related. While most suggest surgery, VCA hospitals had a study that this sickness can be treated through diet. Preparing the right food for your cat can dissolve bladder stones.

Dietary treatment is a slow process and may take several weeks to show effects. This may leave the cat in pain for a more extended period.

If the issue is urgent, your choice is surgery. A faster and more effective solution, the process includes putting a catheter to remove the block.

If using a catheter is not possible, cystotomy or ureterolithotomymay be required.

Keep in mind that while no surgery is without any risk, these procedures are all considered safe & cats make a full recovery.

Also, make sure to check with your veterinary about your cat’s pre-existing health concerns to make sure surgery is an option for them.

4. Cystitis

Closely similar to symptoms shown in cats with UTI, cystitis is when a kitten continuously attempts to urinate but can’t.

Cystitis (6) is caused by an inflammation of the bladder. They are not related to any bacterial infection, rather it comes from within.

They are often related to stress, dehydration, and poor diet. To avoid this, keep your cats away from anxiety triggers.

Encourage them to proper hydration. Consider a change in diet. Wet food is known to have a high water content that eases bladder issues in mousers.

5. Old Age

Age-related confusion may manifest in cats meowing before going to the bathroom.

As they get older, they get a tad bit confused that they do unexpected things.

One too many times, cats make sounds before and after going to the bathroom when there’s not a thing to worry about them.

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What To Do If You Find Him Meowing Frequently Before Going To The Bathroom

It may be tempting to quiet them down to ignore them when they meow towards the bathroom.

It is their way of communicating with you so try not to punish them or reward them wrongly.

Whatever reason your cat has for meowing, it definitely tells you she needs some assistance or she needs to tell you something. Same with humans. We don’t cry for nothing.

So, before considering ignoring or punishing them, check them out and find out what they are meowing about. Chances are they turn silent when you check and pet them.


Animal sounds can be confusing. What you may think at a simple meow could be a cat’s cry out for help.

If you know your cat too well, you will know if how they sound like is something you should be alarmed with or not.