Beyond the Meow: Understanding Your Cat’s Noises

Is your cat extra chatty? According to Catster, felines communicate with humans through sound because people can’t pick up on the nuance of their physical movements. You don’t often see cats meowing at each other because they can see subtle tail and ear movements. There are about 100 vocalizations in each cat’s repertoire, which they blend together to express themselves. Here is a bit of insight into a few:

Meow
If you have been around newly born kittens you might notice they meow a whole lot. This is because they can’t hear or see and they need this form of communication to get the attention of their mother.

Purr
Many people think purring is a calming sound cats make when they are content. This isn’t wrong, but there is more behind this noise. Sometimes it’s a way for the cat to soothe itself.

“The auditory frequency of the purr, around 25 cycles per second, is thought to have healing properties, and it almost certainly acts as an internal massage,” JaneA Kelley, a member of the Cat Writers’ Association, wrote in Catster.

Trill
A trill falls between a meow and purr and is a friendly sign, according to the source. It also can be a greeting.

 

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