Cats saying nom nom nom while eating. Why?

Cats make this strange sound (of which there are many variations) because they are hungry and they are enjoying their food. There is also an element of being defensive of their food by which I mean they are sending a signal to others to keep away while I eat. This means you’ll hear it more when small/medium wild cats eat. They have to defend their ‘prey’ with more vigor than domestic cats.

The sound is a modified cat version of the sound that humans make when they are hungry and enjoying themselves eating. Under these circumstances we indicate that we are enjoying ourselves by making an “uummm” sound. Cats make the “nom nom nom” sound; not much difference when you think about it.

If you have an alternative explanation please share it. We can discuss things.

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Michael Broad

Hi, I'm a 74-year-old retired solicitor (attorney in the US). Before qualifying I worked in many jobs including professional photography. I love nature, cats and all animals. I am concerned about their welfare. If you want to read more click here.

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3 Responses

  1. Frances A Danna says:

    I do not have an alternative explanation for cats saying ” nom nom nom” when they eat. I just think it is so outrageously cute and funny.

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