Why Do Cats Meow?

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Even a child knows and can imitate a cat’s meow. The familiar “meow” is not just a cat-sound. It’s actually a very sophisticated method of communication. So why do cats meow?

You can learn a lot about your cat  if you pay attention to its sounds.

A cat’s voice is actually just as individual as a person. You might have a cat that almost never makes a sound or you can have an extremely happy talking cat. Different breeds also have different ways to meow on. Siamese are famous for their unique high-pitched howl.

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The most common meow is the cat’s attempt to get attention. Context can tell much about why your cat meows. If it goes back and forth to the kitchen, it probably wants food. If your cat meows when you just arrived home, she is probably just happy to see you and wants to be stroked or taken up.

The welcome-meow especially the one which is repeated constantly, is also related to mating. A cat will sometimes meow constantly to make males conscious about her availability. Some cats can develop a long and constant whistling which they will perform day and night.

Sometimes cats do weird babble or even sheep-like sounds when they sees a prey, she can’t get hold of. Nobody is quite sure why cats do this. Some suggest that it is a sound of anticipation or frustration. Some believe it is one of the cat’s strategies to lure prey to investigate the strange sound. I, however, don’t believe this last theory.

Growling, spitting, hissing and whistling are aggressive shouting or defensive howls. It’s usually pretty clear whether the cat is angry or scared. Also, purr sounds doesn’t need much explanation. Your cat is simply happy.

It should also be mentioned that if you have a quiet cat who suddenly starts to meow or a loud cat that suddenly silent, it may mean that your cat is ill. You should pay particular attention to the cats meow constantly, while they use their box or while they’re cleaning themselves or eat. This may indicate that your cat does not feel good.

Listen and enjoy your cat’s meows. Your cat wants to be understood.

A short but nice video of cats talking and meowing

My other Cat and Kitten-related articles:

Keeping your Cat or Kitten Fit

Why Do Cats Meow?

Is Catnip Dangerous for My Cat?

How Catnip Gets Cats High

Finding and Choosing a Kitten

Take Your Kitten Home With You

Myths About Cats: True or False

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User Comments
  1. papaleng

    On October 10, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    another fine share.

  2. Ethics0006

    On October 10, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    Very Interesting

  3. Eunice Tan

    On October 10, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    I never though about this. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Anuradha Ramkumar

    On October 10, 2010 at 10:53 pm

    An interesting share.

  5. Joie Schmidt

    On October 10, 2010 at 11:47 pm

    Very interesting!



    -Joie Schmidt.

  6. giritharanj

    On October 11, 2010 at 1:20 am

    nice share – gj

  7. K Kristie

    On October 11, 2010 at 2:27 am

    A must-read for all cat lovers. Good post!

  8. BluSphere

    On October 11, 2010 at 2:33 am

    Wow. That was a lot of comments before I could get to re-comment. Thank you all for commenting and checking out my article! have a cat. She’s 2 years old and I care a lot about her. This is why I first researched on stuff like this. Thanks again friends.


  9. Louise Silver

    On October 11, 2010 at 3:16 am

    This is good. I have 3 cats, who all have a different meow. And in fact, I meow to them and they answer hehe!

  10. BluSphere

    On October 11, 2010 at 3:41 am

    Sounds really nice Louise! :)
    I’m soon getting my second cat. I really look forward to this.
    - And by the way. Today is going to be really nice for my cat. I’m getting her some catnip.

    Best regards.

  11. ganeshgolha

    On October 11, 2010 at 4:18 am

    Good post

  12. BluSphere

    On October 11, 2010 at 5:07 am

    Thank you Ganeshgolha :)

  13. Cezar Hamsy

    On October 11, 2010 at 7:11 am

    Good job, i like the talkin cats, they’re so funny!:D

  14. lucia anna

    On October 11, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    yes, good job

  15. BluSphere

    On October 11, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    Hah! I agree with you Hamsy! It’s hilarious. :D
    And thanks, Lucia.

  16. quiet voice

    On October 22, 2010 at 10:53 am

    Great write-up. That is the cutest picture of that little cat with the big eyes. Thanks so much.

  17. BluSphere

    On October 22, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    Hehe. Thanks a lot for reading and commenting, friend. Those pictures are great ! :)

  18. B Nelson

    On November 4, 2010 at 9:58 am

    Cats meow for many reasons. I have 6 cats, each one has a different meow, you can tell who is who without looking just by the meow

  19. BluSphere

    On November 4, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    That’s right. 6 cats? I would really like one more cat. They’re (can be) so nice… If you know your cats well then yes, you can.
    Even though my cat is black with white face, breast, paws and stomach (maybe a grammatically-wrong sentence) and there’s a lot of these in the area where I live, I can always recognize my cat :)

    Best regards,

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