Cat Linguistics: What Your Cat’s Sounds Mean
Cat Linguistics What Your Cats Sounds Mean

Cat Linguistics: What Your Cat’s Sounds Mean

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Cat Linguistics: What Your Cat’s Sounds Mean
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WE'RE TOLD.

AND TO THE LION CUBS' MUCH SMALLER COUSIN — OWNING A CAT MEANS SPEAKING ITS LANGUAGE FOR A BREAKDOWN ON WHAT THEIR QUIET SOUNDS MEAN HERE'S THE NEBRASKA HUMANE SOCIETY'S PAM WIESE WHEN OUR CAT CAREGIVERS COME INTO THE CATTERY IN THE MORNING THEY ARE GREETED WITH A CHORUS OF MEOWS.

BUT DID YOU KNOW THAT ADULT CATS MEOW TO PEOPLE AND NOT OTHER CATS? TRULY–MEOWING IS A LANGUAGE CATS DEVELOPED TO COMMUNICATE WITH US.

THE ONLY MEOWING IN CAT LANGUAGE IS DONE BETWEEN MOM CAT AND HER YOUNG KITTENS.

A KITTEN'S TINY "MEW" IS A SPECIFICALLY ENDEARING SOUND USED TO SOLICIT ATTENTION AND CARE FROM MOM.

ONCE KITTENS ARE GROWN, THOSE SOUNDS STOP UNLESS THEY'RE USING THEM ON US.

ADULT CATS COMMUNICATE LARGELY WITH SCENT, FACIAL EXPRESSION, BODY LANGUAGE AND TOUCH.

THEY DO SOUND TO COMMUNICATE BUT MEOWING IS RESERVED FOR PEOPLE: SEE IF YOU RECOGNIZE THE CHATTER – EXPRESSES PEOPLE: SEE IF YOU RECOGNIZE THE CHATTER – EXPRESSES EXCITEMENT OR FRUSTRATION, OFTEN SEEN WHEN THEY ARE LOOKING AT BIRDS THROUGH A WINDOW AND CAN 'T GET AT THEM.

THE GROWL – WARNS OTHERS TO STAY AWAY.

THE HISS – IS USED AS A THREAT TO OTHER CATS USUALLY, CAN ALSO BE A SIGN OF FEAR.

THE CATERWAUL – USED WHEN LOOKING FOR A MATE.

THE PURR – A SIGN OF CONTENTMENT AND RELAXATION, BUT ALSO USED TO COMFORT ITSELF IF IN PAIN.

THE SCREAM – USED WHEN IN PAIN OR DISTRESSED, DON'T STEP ON MY TAIL! THE CHIRRUP – THIS IS A FRIENDLY SOUND, OFTEN USED TO GREET OTHER CATS.

CATS ALSO VARY THEIR MEOWS FOR US–A SHORT HIGH PITCHED MEOW IS A STANDARD "HELLO" –SEVERAL OF THOSE STRUNG TOGETHER IS "YAY, YOU'RE HOME HOME!" A PLEADING MEOW CAN BE INTERPRETED AS PLEASE FEED ME, PET ME, OR LET ME OUT.

AND HOW MANY OF US HAVE BEEN SCOLDED BY OUR CATS FOR LETTING THE DOG IN, STEPPING ON A TAIL OR PUTTING THEM IN THE CAR? PAM ON CAM CLOSE SO WHY DO CATS MEOW TO US? PROBABLY BECAUSE IT WORKS — YOU CAT IS DEPENDENT ON YOU AND QUICKLY LEARNS THAT YOU'RE NOT PICKING UP ON THE SCENT MESSAGES OR THE BODY LANGUAGE.

RIGHT APOLLO— FOR THE NEBRASKA HUMANE SOCIETY, I'M PAM WIESE.

THE NEBRASKA HUMANE SOCIETY IS AT 89-29 FORT STREET.

TODAY -AND- TOMORROW — IT'S OPEN FROM -TEN- UNTIL – FIVE-.

MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY — FROM -NINE- – UNTIL- -SEVEN-.

REMEMBER YOU CAN ALWAYS LOOK UP ANIMALS AND FIND INFORMATION AT N-E-HUMANE- SOCIETY-DOT- ORG.

COMING UP — THE ST.

OVER AN HOUR AWAY JENNA JAYNES HAS ALL THE ROUTE AND.