What’s That Sound?

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Have you ever wondered what your cat is trying to tell you when it is making the cat sounds? Many people believe that cats do nothing else but purr or meow. And to many, this is just the language of communication between cats. Well, are you aware that cats make more than 100 different sounds? And do you know that each vocalization has a distinctive meaning? Read on to know what your cat may be trying to tell you.


This is undoubtedly the most popular sound made by cats. However, do you know that domestic cats make this sound more often than their wild counterparts? A meow is mainly used to communicate to human beings and not other cats, and this is why older cats as well as wild cats meow less often. Your cat simply wants attention; for instance, food or gaining entry or exiting the home.


Purr is symbolic with a soft and throaty sound and is mainly made when your cat is in best of moods. You will notice this sound while gently patting or massaging it. This tells you that your pet is relaxed and enjoying every moment of it. However, if the purr is deeper and longer than usual, your cat may be nervous or agitated. It will be accompanied by slightly raised body and stiff ears.


Thought only birds could chirp? Well, cats also make the birdlike sound. Usually, it will be made by a mom who wants attention from the kittens. And when it makes the chirps or trills towards you, you need to pay closer attention. This sound is more authoritative than the meow. An overly excited cat may also produce the sound.


Cats will produce a chattering sound using their teeth. This is mainly witnessed when they see something more so prey that is of interest. For instance, while sitting on the window, the cat may see a bird or a mouse. Naturally, it will start to chatter as its predatory instincts urge it to seek the prey. This may be accompanied by a faint cry or chirp. So, when you notice this, open the window or let the cat out to have a meal.


A hiss is among the common cat vocalizations that many people don’t understand. The sound is similarly to a steak sizzling or an egg frying on the pan. The cat will produce a hiss when it feels threatened or in danger. A good example is when it sees a dog, another cat, or a snake. The body posture will also change and it will stiffen its ears, arch its back, raise its tail, and puff its fur.


Many people confuse the meow and yowl. The sound is a communication between one cat and another. The yowl is almost similar to the meow but it’s more prolonged. Unlike the meow which is associated with happiness and excitement, the yowl depicts discomfort, nervousness, or worry. It may signal territorial rivalry, desire to find mate, or feeling of boredom.


This is the sound made by female cats that are on heat. It’s almost identical to a yowl, but it’s much deeper and hollow. The sound is directed to both humans as well as other cats. Your pet expects you to let it out to find a suitable companion, and also to alerts other potential mates of its biological needs.


This is a high-pitched sound made by cats when in danger or angry. It first starts like a hiss but increases in pitch as the threatening object nears. The cat will continue making this sound until the intruder or threat goes away. It may also lead to a cat fight. The cat will also take a defensive position which features upright ears, arched back, and twitching tail. Whichever, the situation, it’s always best to let the cat deal with the issue.

Other notable cat vocalizations include screams, snarls, breed talk, burble, beep, and wail.

The chirps, purrs, meows, yowls and other sounds made by your cat aren’t simply gibberish. Your furry friend is trying to tell you something. May be it wants some attention or is feeling uneasy or uncomfortable. Maybe your pet is in a bad mood and simply doesn’t want you patting it. So , rather than turning a blind eye or making the situation worse, why don’t you learn the cat vocalizations for your pet’s as well as your own peace-of-mind?

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