Our cats make sounds ranging from purrs to meows to hisses and growls — but what do they mean?
When owning a cat, we’re pretty sure you’ve heard them meow a lot! Did you know that each cat’s meows and yowls can have different meanings? It isn’t just about meowing for attention, but can also mean an underlying condition that your cat can’t express through words, but through the sounds she makes.
Maybe your cat just wants you to be happy. Either way, it’s important to learn about the different cat sounds your cat makes for you to properly address his problems and act upon it. Are you curious about the meanings of yowls and meows?
Here are the 11 most recognized cat sounds – and what they mean!
1. Short Meows
A short meow, which is the most basic and popular cat meow, is for cats who just want a hello! This is normal and not to be worried about. Your cat is just happy to see you. This is a sign that your cat wants some attention.
2. Multiple Meows
If your cat meows multiple times or a few meows every minute, it says he’s VERY excited and happy. It’s more comfortable version of the short meow, meaning that your cat is saying that it’s great to see you. Give him a pet, just like the short meow!
3. Mid-Pitch meows
For cats who have mid-pitch meows, it usually means he’s asking for something. It could be playtime or attention or he may just want to go outside and do his business. Sometimes, it’s a sign that he needs food. If it’s time for dinner and he starts meowing this way, you know he’s hungry!
4. Long Meows
Your cat wants something, just like mid-pitch meows. But it isn’t just a plea; it’s a demand! Your cat may be very hungry, or he may simply need your attention after a long day. He may also want you to open the door so he can go outside or back inside.
5. Low-Pitch Meows
A low-pitch meow means your cat is complaining and he’s unhappy about it. It’s time to show your attention or fill up his empty bowl, or he will be in a bad mood for a long time. You might be mad at him for forgetting to take his food outside.
6. High-pitched Meows
High-pitched meows signify pain. While it might not be something wrong in his digestion or body the pain could be caused by him accidentally kicking or stepping on his tail. This yowl helps you know if he’s hurt from a fight as well.
7. Growls and howls
If your cat growls, that means he’s feeling VERY negative. They usually growl when they are fighting with other cats or trying to protect their territory. A growling cat is an aggressive cat. You should avoid scratching or biting them. If your cat starts to howl, it is likely that she feels threatened or needs immediate medical attention due to an injury or illness. Seek immediate medical attention.
Just like growling, a hissing cat can also mean someone that’s very upset or irritated. It can also show fear, since cats would usually hiss when he’s surrounded by unfamiliar people or in a new environment. It’s best to let him be first.
Chirruping means that your cat wants something but he can’t get it. But this isn’t about food. He might see prey out of the window but he can’t move to it. It’s a short and stuttered meow that’s a mix of both excitement and frustration.
Caterwauls, which are low moaning sounds that female cats make during heat, are called caterwauls. It alerts other cats that she’s in heat and ready for mating. Your cat may also have an uncomfortable-looking stare to go along with these cat sounds.
Purring is a sweet sound that signifies that your cat is content with you. It means that he’s happy or sleepy, comfortable as he sleeps on your lap or cuddles with you. To comfort their kittens, mother cats would also purr to them. Continue reading healing powers of purring.
Tips for controlling your cat’s meowing
If your cat meows a lot there are many reasons why this happens. Here are some ways to control your pet’s meowing, keep him healthy, and ensure that no one disturbs him.
- Make sure that your cat has access to all his toys and a comfortable environment, allowing him to have fun and enjoy while you’re out of the house or running errands. He may just want to sleep or play in a quiet place.
- Allow your cat to have treats or food once a day. He might be hungry! Studies show that it’s best to feed your cat multiple times a day instead of one large meal to avoid indigestion or hunger.
- Play with your cat! As with all cats, your cat needs attention. Give your cat a few minutes of cuddle and petting to make him feel loved.
- If your cat seems uncomfortable or in pain, there may be other symptoms than meowing excessively. Take him to the veterinarian to evaluate if he’s sick or requires medical attention.
If your cat incessantly meows or makes different sounds, then it’s time to learn how to evaluate what they mean! Each of your cat’s meows, hisses, purrs, or yowls mean something, and while some can be brushed off by a gentle pet, some can be serious and will need to be checked by a veterinarian.
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