Cat Sounds - The Noises Your Feline Makes

A Variety Of Cat Sounds And Noises.

Cats in the wild do not use vocal sounds to communicate with each other very much. They rely mainly on body language.

Domestic cats also mainly use non-vocal signals to interact with their own species.

Yes there are exceptions, but cat to cat communication is usually silent.

Getting a message over to a human though is a different matter.

Humans generally are hopeless at understanding the body language of cats.

So domestic felines use cat sounds and noises to try and indicate their wants and needs to humans.

As those of us that care for a cat know, our pets can be vocally manipulative.

Some cats are more vocal than others, and not all will employ the same range of cat noises.

There are differences between some of the vocalizations used by various cat breeds too.

Siamese are famously “talkative” and many will meow away just to let you know they are there.

Maine Coon cats will often “trill” rather than meow, a cat sound made by many felines but more so by Maine Coons.

cream cat faceMany of the sounds cats make can be very pleasant and endearing, they are all part of the joy of cat companionship.

Cats are all individuals and will make their own individual cat noises.

Your cat learns which of its vocalizations you respond to best and will use them to its advantage.

The Pleasant Sound Of Purring

We all love the sound of a cat purring, it's one of the most pleasant sounds that a human can hear.

Often we assume that a purring cat is a happy cat, and indeed contented cats do purr.

However, contentment is not the only reason that cats make that rumbling sound, in fact cats are known to purr for a number of reasons and in a number of circumstances. Why do Cat's Purr?

Hissing Cat Sounds

Whenever two cats meet there is the possibility of a dispute between them, even cats that live together can have their little spats.

Two or more cats in a dispute can mean hissing from at least one of them. A hiss is one of the strangest cat sounds.

Why do cats do this? Why should a mom cat hiss at her kittens? Why should your own cat hiss at you? Cat Hissing.

The Growl

A growl is another warning sound that some cats make when angered or feeling threatened. Sometimes the growl is made on its own or intermixed with hissing and spitting.


Yowling may be the most distressing of the vocal sounds that your cat makes.

Cats yowl, howl, cry, or whine for numerous reasons, from merely getting your attention to making that noise because of a serious health issue.

A female cat in heat will yowl and meow a lot, sometimes for hours on end. Along with the yowling a female may roll on the floor and display other signs of being in heat. The noise and behavior can last up to ten days at a time.

Unaltered males too can yowl when they can smell or hear a female cat who is in heat.

The best way to prevent sexual yowling for both males and females is to Get Your Cat Fixed.

Some cats when they attain old age suffer a loss of hearing, sight, smell and other of their senses. They may become confused, and as a result display anxiety related behavior such as excessive meowing or yowling.

If you think this is the case with your cat, seek guidance from your veterinarian, prescribed medication may help.

Domestic felines employ a variety of cat sounds to get the attention of their humans. If a simple me-ow doesn't do the trick they may try an extended meowww, or a full blown yowl.

The cat could just be asking its human for petting, or perhaps a play session. The cat could however, be trying to bring something to the attention of its human carer.

Has food and water been put out for the cat? Is there something blocking access to the litter tray? Is the cat unable to get to a part of the home that it normally has access to? Can the cat get outside? (if it is normally allowed outside.)

Should your cat start yowling when there is no obvious cause, and it is not normal for your cat to yowl for attention, the reason could be because your cat is ill or in pain.

A cat howling, seemingly for no reason, should not be ignored. An immediate visit to the veterinarian would be the best thing. Your veterinarian will be able to discover whether your cat's yowling is due to illness, injury or another cause.

Chattering Cat Sounds

Most of us that have shared a home with cats, have heard those chattering/chirping/clicking sounds that are made most usually when a cat spies potential prey through a closed window.

Why do cats do that? Well it seems that the experts are not absolutely certain as to the reason why.

Do the cats make those chattering sounds out of sheer frustration that they can't get at the bird, squirrel or other rodent? Possibly.

Is it excitement, does the thought of hunting and catching of the prey cause those cat noises?

Many experts believe that the biting movements that accompany those cat sounds are an instinctive practice behavior, because they are very similar to the biting movements cats use to kill prey.

A tuxedo cat demonstrating the chattering sound and biting movements.

Sometimes the vocalizations of a cat can be a little irritating, especially perhaps yowling. But many of the cat sounds can be very pleasant and endearing, they are all part of the joy of cat companionship.

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