Internet in Love With ‘Talkative’ 16-Year-Old Cat Being Woken for Breakfast

Internet in Love With ‘Talkative’ 16-Year-Old Cat Being Woken for Breakfast

More than a million people have watched the adorable moment a “talkative” senior cat wakes up for breakfast.

More than 206,000 people have liked the video posted by a cat owner called Mila, who uses the handle, @milabojo that shows her cat interacting with her. The video, which can be viewed here, has been watched 1.2 million times on TikTok since October 27.

In the comment section of another video, Mila reveals her 16-year-old cat is called Shamwow. She can be seen responding to Mila every time she talks.

Stock image of a sleeping cat. A video of a “talkative” cat being woke up for breakfast has gone viral.
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According to the 2021-2022 American Pet Products Association (APPA) National Pet Owners Survey, 70 percent of U.S. households own a pet, which equates to 90.5 million homes. And 45 percent own a cat meaning they may have a feline companion for an average of 12 to 18 years, although some cats may live for 20 or more years.

According to PetCareRx, there are several reasons why a cat might be talkative. And being old is one of them.

The U.S.-based pet supplier’s website says senior cats tend to vocalize more often as they get older, especially at night. Their sleep-wake cycles change and their cognitive function may decline, leading to some confusion and disorientation. Sometimes this increased meowing is related to hearing loss, anxiety, or illness (particularly thyroid problems) so you should check with your veterinarian to see if your cat needs treatment.

Another reason why your cat might suddenly meow more could be a sign of an illness so “if you notice a sudden and dramatic change in your cat’s meowing, or if it sounds painful, it’s time for a vet visit,” advises Sora Wondra, who wrote the blog.

Other reasons for a vocal cat include looking for attention, boredom or loneliness, and being in heat.

Some cats are naturally talkative like Asian breeds such as Persian and Siamese felines.

Previously, Newsweek shared an article about cats only being interested when spoken to directly.

Almost 1,000 people have commented on the post, at the time of writing.

The most popular comment, which received more than 4,500 likes, said: ” Oh my goodness she’s so talkative!’

Another said: “She is like a little cranky old lady waking up from her lunch nap—such a precious girl.”

“She’s so cute, I love how she’s literally speaking to you,” wrote another TikToker.

Newsweek reached out to @milobojo for comment. We could not verify the details of the case.

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