10 Reasons Your Cat Meows And its Translation
The Cat Language Bible author, Jonas Jurgella, says cats make 30 distinctive sounds, including 20 variations of cat meows. Let’s have a look at the different meanings of cat meows. Here are the ten reasons your cat meows and the simple translations for each meow.
What does it mean when a cat meows?
- Excessive meowing is not normal behavior, and your cat needs to see a vet. Continuous meows may signal your cat is sick or hurt. According to Web MD, several diseases give a cat pain or make them thirsty or hungry, causing continual meowing.
- Meowing is cat talk for saying hello. The ASPCA says cats welcome you home with meows or greets you by meowing when passing through the house.
- When cats want your attention, they meow to you. They learn fast, this cat talk works. Cats meow because they want you to talk to them or pet them, or they are telling you it’s playing time.
- All experienced cat owners understand the “it’s dinner time” meow. Cat’s know their family understands this request for food sound and use it whenever they are hungry. If you don’t feed them, they may follow you around until you get their dinner.
- Cats don’t like closed doors. When facing a closed door, they might meow telling you they want the door open. They may not even come in; they just don’t want the door closed.
- If you have a female cat that is not spayed, it could mean she is in heat and is the reason she constantly yowls.
- Humans may show signs of stress with excessive chattering. Like their human counterparts, cats have their way of chattering with loud meows. Cat owners can attest to a cat’s stress by the loud caterwauling during a car ride to the veterinarian office.
- Agitated or angry cats often start a loud screaming when threatened. When they are in attack mode, it sounds like a yowl instead of a meowing sound.
- The College of Veterinary Medicine at Ohio State University, says cats become anxious or stressed when left alone. The Indoor Pet Initiative claims when leaving your cat by themselves for long periods, they show their stress with excessive meowing.
- According to Jonas Jurgella, an experienced cat behaviorist, “Increased vocalization is fairly common in senior cats.” Jurgella says they display decreasing cognitive functions in several ways including loud meows.
Most of the time, you know what your cat is telling you. But, sometimes there are unknown reasons for a cat’s meow. Cats have many vocalizations and use sounds distinctive to varying circumstances with each sound having a different meaning. When your cat meows, notice the circumstances surrounding those vocalizations. Learning to cat talk is a fun way to understand your furry companion better for a satisfying relationship for the both of you.