Learn How to Speak Cat

Cats make a different kind of sounds, as purr, trill, meow, chirps, howl, hiss, yelp, yowls, and growls. If you want to learn how to speak cat, and knowing what she is saying, lets take a look of the most common cat noises and their meaning.

learn to speak cat

When your cat uses these different sounds, she is trying to communicate something about her world and how she feels toward you. If you learn what this means, you will understand better your cat, to your advantage.

Learn How to Speak Cat

Meow

Meow is the most common sound cats make. Cats use this sound to communicate with just with humans, but not with other cats. Your cat meows when she needs attention. Meows also mean when your cat feels lonely or ill.

  • A shortened meow in younger cats means they fell lonely or hungry.
  • Rapid-fired meows mean your cat wants your attention.
  • Longer meow means your cat is worried or annoyed.
  • Incessant meowing could indicate illness or injury.
learn to speak cat
learn to speak cat

Purr

Purring is the most common sound cats make. Cats purr when they are happy and when they want to communicate emotions and needs. 

Different types of purring

  • Purr of Happiness

When your cat looks relaxed and with her eyes half-closed, it means she is content.

  • Cats purr when they are hungry 

This type of purring is a combination of ordinary purr with a sound of cry or mew.

  • Kitten-Mother bonding

Kitten purrs when she is only a day old. Purring helps kitten bonds with her mother. The mother uses the purr as a lullaby. 

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Trill

A trill sounds like a cross between a meow and a purr. Cats usually trill to say hello. It’s an expression of happiness. If you cat trills, he wants to get you to pay attention to him.

A trill can also mean your cat is feeling curious. 

Chirp

A Chirp is a faint cry and indicates excitement and stress when cats are hunting.

 

Howl

When your cat howls, she is trying to tell you something is wrong. She could be sad, stressed, confused, or afraid. 

learn to speak cat

Hiss

A cat hisses when he feels fearful, it is not a sound of aggression or hatred. The different causes behind cat hissing are:

  • Feeling threatened 
  • Confronting with other animals
  • Protect her kittens
  • Fear of the unfamiliar
  • Stress
  • Physical Pain

Growl

When cats growl, it’s a way of giving a final warning before they take action. 

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Yelp

Sometimes cats yelp to express pain. 

Yowl

The yowl means worry, discomfort, territorial treat, or matting matters.

Tip

If you’d prefer a less vocal cat, consider a Persian, Russian Blue, Norwegian Forest Cat, or a Maine Coon.

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Sources:

Purina 

Catster

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