Any suggestions on how to shut up a very talkative cat? He talks ALL the time. It doesn't really bother me during the day, but at night he wanders all over the house talking very loudly, and he makes a strange sort of strangled pigeon sound interspersed with loud yowls, which can be quite jarring in the middle of the night. He doesn't even have to come into the bedroom, I can hear him from the other end of the house. There doesn't seem to be any reason for it - if I get up and go to the bathroom after I've been woken up by him, he'll either go to his food bowl and start eating, roll on his back for a tummy tickle or just sit and look at me. Sometimes he wants to play but mostly he just wants to chat.
We have another cat and they don't get on very well but they tolerate each other most of the time. I've read that cats don't miaow at other cats, just at humans, so I'm thinking he's probably talking to me rather than bitching at her. Hubby of course sleeps through the lot and wonders why I'm always so tired. I guess the simplest explanation is he just wants attention, but can a cat really be that needy all the time?