How many different sounds do you think that your cats make? Mine? Gee, I don’t know. Countless! They purr, and trill, meow, and yowl, call, and growl, groan, and chatter …. The list goes on. But why do cats need such a variety of different calls? Perhaps they just have a lot to say! Wouldn’t you love to know what your cat is trying to say? Click Here!
Being predominantly solitary creatures, you could be forgiven for assuming that a cat would have little or no need to communicate. But this simply isn’t the case. Cats need to communicate their moods, territories, readiness to mate, disputes, happiness and more. In fact, they enjoy communicating – particularly with their human counterparts.
Did you know that cats are the second most vocal domestic pet? (Next to birds, of course!) They have the ability to produce a multitude of sounds, and many variations of each, each one conveying your cat’s thoughts and emotional state. Listen closely and you might notice the common themes that surround each of your pet’s sounds, helping you to better understand them and what they’re trying to say.
A lot of observation and research has gone into deciphering the myriad of cat speech, and although much is left to learn, some of the common sounds have been conclusively linked to meanings, and the below list can help us to better understand our favorite pet!
Purring: Whilst this one is generally considered a no-brainer, did you know that on rare occasions purring can indicate agitation? Watch for signs such as a tense body, or laid-back ears. These are indicators that it’s not a happy purr that you’re witnessing, but rather a stress-purr.
Chirps and Trills: Cats usually produce these sounds when highly excited, and it is also thought that it can be used to draw our attention to himself or herself, or something that they wish to share with us.
Chatter: We have all heard this one when our cat is staring longingly at a bird outside! It is thought that cats produce this sound as a reaction to extreme excitement/positive stress as they see prey that they are unable to get.
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