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Do you understand your cat’s meow? — 3 Comments

  1. I’ve learned almost all of my indoor cats’ meows.
    Some are more obvious than others.
    Some of the vocalizations that kick start me into action include howls from Howl that mean “feed me”, squeaky mews from Restart that some one has taken over her feeder, and loud, screeching from Linus meaning that he wants tuna flavored food and what I can do with the stuff in front of him.

  2. Most of the time I know what Mitzy’s meows are about.
    But one of the funniest things she does sounds like a chirping meow when she’s sleeping under the covers, during the day. I respond to her, thinking that she’s waking up, but when I look at her lump under the blanket, she’s not moving at all, and may not even wake up until an hour or so later. I don’t know if she’s dreaming or what. This only happens when she’s on my bed under the blanket, during the day, which is kind of rare. Mostly she sleeps in different places.

    I’ve never had a cat who slept in so many places. Mostly, they had a couple of favorite spots.

    She does have many different meows, and some just seem conversational, and without any demand for food, to go out (which she can do herself) or cuddling. Sometimes when she’s on my lap at my desk, and I’m focused on the computer screen, she does give a little chirping growl to get my attention. I’d love to record her sounds, but I don’t have a smart phone. I could do it via my camera video, but think she would be intimidated by it. A smart phone would make it so much easier. I’m trying to buy a used one, just for pictures and videos, but still in research mode.

  3. I agree that if you live with a cat long enough you do learn to recognise certain meows as meaning a specific thing. You get to recognise their voice too. When I pulled into the car park of the emergency vet and heard a cat meowing loudly I knew instantly it was Sophie because I recognised her “distress” meow.

    The vocalisations which confused me the most with Sophie were the high pitched kitten-like meows. Sometimes it was an invitiation to rub her belly, but other times it meant I wan’t to be left alone. I learned to err on the side of caution 😉

    I’ve only had Phoebe for 3 months and I’m still trying to understand her meows. She’s a very vocal cat and when I arrive home I’m greeted by 10 minutes of continuous loud meowing. I’m assuming it’s just her way of greeting me because she’s not asking for food or a fuss. She was abandoned in a flat with another cat, so it had occurred to me that she may be worried that the same thing will happen again. Yet she’s rarely alone and seems to be a happy, confident little thing despite her bad experience.

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