Cats invented language similar to crying babies to get close and get attention to humans.
The cat’s meowing is its main means of expression; even if it uses body language (facial expressions, postures, ear movements), the domestic cat often has little choice in attracting the attention of its master.
But what does he mean when he speaks to you? While some individuals are more “talkative” than others, simply seeking to communicate, meowing can also be important in understanding your cat’s needs. In case of excessive meowing, there is often a reason: so know how to listen, it will give you back!
The different kinds of meowing
The cat has a range of meows and noises that are sometimes surprisingly varied; from the little “meow” to the foliage, the purring, the “cooing” and others, he is able to transmit different emotions and different messages.
The volume of meowing also plays a role in communication – by observing and listening to your cat, you will quickly identify these various nuances and begin to decipher her needs. The “clear” meowing is usually used to express a request: your cat is hungry or thirsty, wants to go out…
Meowing with purring, on the other hand, means that he asks you to cuddle. It also happens that the meowing is very loud, plaintive, sometimes with a trembling voice; this kind of noise then expresses fear, discomfort, pain. Grunting and leafing (the cat “spits”) are signs of annoyance or warning: the cat is ready to attack or something irritates him.
Identify the meows to understand your cat
general, every owner learns, over the course of cohabitation with his
cat, to distinguish the meaning of the various vocalizations. Whether it
is to eat, to go out, to say hello, to indicate pain, anger or fear, each cat will use a different meowing sound of varying intensity.
The different types of meowing:
- A soft meow that goes into the high notes expresses well-being and satisfaction.
- A “humming” meow (the cat meows and hums at the same time) is an expression of the search for affection. It can also be a sign of excitement in front of a prey for example.
- A long and insistent meow, well known to all cat owners, expresses a pressing demand, whether for food or to go out to do his business.
- A jerky meow expresses annoyance, stress (prey or unattainable bowl). It can be accompanied by a clattering of teeth and a swaying of the tail. This is a typical arousal behaviour when faced with the prospect of capturing prey (both sexes) or mating (only valid for males).
- A serious and loud meow reflects anger or fear. It is often used in fights. Grunting and blowing, signs of defensive aggression, can accompany or replace meowing.
Cats blow when they are frightened,
but they only attack if they can’t do otherwise. If there is a fight,
screams may then occur by both opponents. Other intense cries include
the low and discontinuous cry of rejection, the involuntary cry, the cry
of pain, the growl.
The mowings of Love
During the mating season, females in heat will have a particular meowing, their bisyllabic call will be similar to baby crying. The male’s mating song can also be very intense.
The mewing of mating is all too well known: who has never heard a concert of cats in heat or duos of challenges between two stallions competing for the same female?
Good to know: The cat also emits sounds that the human ear cannot perceive, outside the wavelengths available to it.