Cat Sounds and Their Interpretations and Meanings

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Cat Sounds and Their Interpretations and Meanings

Cat sounds and what they mean

All cats make noises — from meows and purrs to hisses and growls — but some cats are more vocal than others.
Cats communicate with meows, chirrups, hisses, purrs, chatters and growls, but the onomatopoeic meow is the most used.

MEOWS
Kittens will meow to their mums, but as they grow older they typically quit using this sound to communicate with other cats. Often, adult domestic cats that meow do so only when a human is around. This is likely an extension of the way kittens use their plaintive meows as a signal.

PURR
It’s usually assumed that cats make this calming sound when they’re happy, but they purr for other reasons. Purring can signal that a cat feels frightened or threatened and research shows it’s also a type of self-healing.

CHIRRUP
This trilling sound is a cross between a meow and a purr, and many cat owners beleive cats use it as a form of greeting.

GROWL
These rumbling sounds are meant to warn. They can be a response to humans, animals or other cats, and most felines make the noise out of fear, anger or territorial reasons.

CHATTER
This stuttering sound has been described as a combination between a meow and a bleat. It’s typically heard when a pussy spots something,usually a bird or flying insect thats out of reach. It could communicate excitement or frustration.

HISS
A hiss can be loud or soft depending on the cat and the situation it is in. It’s often the cat response to fear and can be directed at cats,other animals, and humans. When a cat is hissing leave it alone!

CATTERWAUL
This shrill and wailing noise is the cry of a cat in heat.

If you have a cat, you can interpret what your pets’ meows and other sounds simply by observing. Look to see what stimulus your cat could be reacting to, and watch its body language — especially its ears and tail — to determine what emotion or message the animal is trying to convey.

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