All animals, including man, exude and create some form of sound from which they can communicate and express their thoughts and feelings. There are vast amounts of sounds which can be heard from the entire animal kingdom, and each sound depends on which species or animal it came from. Probably one of the most interesting animal sounds that people want to know more about are the meows of a cat.
One might ponder upon the thought as to why do cats meows and the answer to that is very simple. Cats vocalize and communicate with each other and to other animals, including humans through a sound they make which we call a "meows." The voice box and vocal chords of felines are very versatile. they produce varying pitches of highs and lows to create basic noise and the sound we know as the meows.
Cats use visual signals a lot to one another to communicate their intentions and even their mood. their posture, expressions, the size of their pupils and if their hairs are standing on end can all spell out something for another cat. Compared to dogs and wolves, however, cats faces don't change that much.
The tail is another big signaling tool, and its position can tell another cat much about what is going on. the tail up position when held vertically in the air is a friendly hello, usually combined with ears being pricked up and whiskers relaxed. A tail held out and moving from side to side is a sign of aggression, and sometimes the hairs are puffed out to add menace, along with those along the spine. When the tail is tucked between the legs, this is a sign of submission. Other parts of the body can be used as parts of visual signaling too. The movement of the ears, eyes, and mouth all give out indications to mood feelings and even the posture of the body can. Erect ears or holding them rotated along with small pupils is a sign of being angry while flat against the head is a sign of fear. When the cat is relaxed, the ears will simply fall forward into their normal position.
Eye contact is another big factor. Starting with few blinks is a challenge while blinking and winking is non-threatening and indicates happiness. Even the whiskers can indicate mood - when they are fanned out the cat is tense while they are less spread when the cat is relaxed. Cats can have a lot to say in their way and have a range of different vocalizations they use to convey their mood and feelings. In fact, cats are said to have the widest 'vocabulary' of any carnivore species and relate to the fact that their natural environments involve a lot of low light where posture signals may not be seen.
There are three main categories of sounds recognized that cats make use of. Murmuring sounds are those made with a closed mouth and are used for greeting, acknowledgment, getting attention and approving of something. These include purring and trilling sounds. Meowing or 'vowel' sounds are those used to give out clear messages. These can range from the high-pitched meows of a kitten wanting food to a short, high-pitched shouting meows that indicates an adult cat is angry. In addition to these are the aggressive sounds, made with the mouth open and include hissing, snarling, wailing and growling. these are made when the cat is angry or frightened to other cats, animals, and even humans. Have you ever wonder why your cat is meowing at odd times of the day? Things would be so much easier if only you could understand what it was trying to say. This article presents a short guide to cat sounds so that you can hopefully have an idea of what your cat is thinking about most of the time.
Meowing: A cat's meow is its principal means of communication and can mean a whole lot of things. A cat meows mainly to command attention. So when your cat starts meowing persistently, you better sit up and take notice. meowing usually means your cat is hungry or needs to go outside.
Mewling: The mewl is a soft sound usually associated with kittens rather than adult cats. It can be a call for some petting, or it can also mean that your cat is not feeling well. Check up on your cat to see if it is eating properly. If yes, then some tender loving care will take care of the mewling.
Yowling: the yowl is an aggressive call made when the cat's demands are being ignored when the cat is involved in a fight, or it is birthing. It can be a very annoying sound and can soon turn into a hiss.
Hissing: The hiss is an indication of either displeasure or fear. When cats hiss, their fur stands on one end and the back arches. It is better to keep a safe distance from your cat if it is hissing.
Growling: Growling is very rare in cats. Cats usually growl at things which are a potential threat. If your cat is growling, try to find out the source of her anger and remove it. In case the growl is directed at you, back off and let the kitty have some space of its own.
Purring: Purring is one sound that is exclusive to the cat family. there are two types of purrs. the slow and steady purr indicates that the cat is enjoying being petted and the deep purr, which is louder, means that your cat has had enough of petting. Once your cat starts deep purring, it's time to let it go. Cats meows if they want something or due to hormonal and biological reasons. Cats are normally very quite creatures and will rarely continuously meows without reason. If this happens, the cat may be in pain, and she is trying to tell you something. In this case, a trip to the local veterinarian should be made to rule out any medical problems. We hope that this article motivates you to start observing your pet and her range of cat sounds closely. Go ahead and do so and you will find that it is possible to judge your cat's moods and demands easily.