The Cat’s Meow

Do you have a talkative kitty? Or does your cat only speak when she wants you to feed her or retrieve her catnip mouse from under the couch? Just like people, cats all have their own purrsonalities. Some are furry little chatterboxes, while others don’t have very much to say. In this article, a local Marietta, GA vet talks about the cat’s meow.

The History of The Meow

Did you know that adult cats don’t usually meow at each other? Cats may hiss or yowl when they are fighting or feel threatened, but otherwise, they usually communicate with body language and facial expressions. Fluffy typically only talks to her owners. In fact, cats may have started meowing just so they could tell us when they want dinner!

Talkative Kitties

While Fluffy’s individual personality will have a big effect on how chatty she is, breed is also a factor. Some furballs, like the Maine Coon, tend to be more talkative than others are. Of course, not all kitty vocalizations are technically meows. Some cats tend to be, well, rather squeaky. Others chirp. And some, like the Siamese, yowl. Some kitties also make clacking noises at times, particularly when they are watching birds or squirrels.

Signs Of Illness

Sudden changes in cats’ vocalization habits can be indicative of sickness. A quiet kitty that suddenly won’t stop meowing, or a chatty cat that falls silent, could be sick. Contact your vet immediately if you notice any changes in Fluffy’s vocalizations.

Conversations With Kitties

It can be quite fun having a conversation with your cat! Fluffy may not know what you’re talking about, but she often replies anyway. In fact, some cats even like to argue and debate things with their owners. The next time your pet meows, try to imitate the sound as closely as you can. See how long you can keep the conversation going!

Fluffy’s Love Songs

Cats that are intact often ‘sing’ to attract a mate. While this sound is apparently actually appealing to other kitties, to human ears, it ranks somewhere between nails on a chalkboard and the sound of a dying car horn. We recommend getting your cat fixed for many different reasons, but being spared your pet’s love songs is definitely a great bonus!

Do you have questions or concerns about your pet’s health or care? Contact us, your Marietta, GA animal clinic, anytime!

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