Persian Kitten and Cat Sounds. Understanding what your cat is saying
As any feline owner will tell you, cats can be very vocal animals. Whether they are calling for attention, emitting warning noises, or simply playing around, Persian cats will use vocal noises to display any emotion they may feel. Just as some people are more talkative than others, some felines are more vocal than others. Although cats will use other forms of non-vocal communication, such as body language and scent marking, meows are the primary way for these animals to connect with their owners, caregivers, and Persian breeders. While it is impossible to know exactly what a cat is saying at all times, there are various types of identifiable noises with general meanings. These noises can range from quiet, sentimental mews to exceptionally loud cries for attention. No matter the meaning, each noise has it’s own characteristics that can be used to identify just what your cat wants. With a greater understanding of the sounds your pet makes, you will be able to better please their needs and keep those loud meows to a minimum.
The most standard cry for attention sound is the basic “meow.” Interestingly enough, the meow is a noise that is nearly exclusively designated for interaction between cats and humans. It is not a noise that is exchanged between adult cats, but can sometimes be used between a mother and her Persian kittens. There is no equivalent for this noise displayed in wild cats with no human interaction. Therefore, when your cat meows, you know they are trying for your attention specifically and can then begin to decipher their cry. The best way to identify a meow is to determine the pitch of the noise. Generally, the higher the tone of the noise, the happier the cat is. Welcome meows are often high-pitched and convey happiness, excitement, or familiarity. On the opposite end of the spectrum, low-pitched meows display agitation. The lower the meow, the more disturbed the cat is. While the vast array or meows with numerous tones and pitches may seem overwhelming and confusing at first, you will soon begin to learn your cats most commonly used expressions. You will notice your feline friend repeating meows and messages and quickly learn to respond to these correctly.
The meow is undoubtedly the most common form of communication, but certainly not the only. Abundant amounts of noises exist, but can be placed into general categories with basic interpretations. The most well known alternative form of expression is without a doubt the purr. The purr is a soothing, affectionate and endearing noise made by cats by rapidly contracting the muscles of the larynx. This is a true noise of kindness and warmth, but is not reserved for house cats only. Civets, mongooses, and even hyenas have been known to purr, while the cheetah is the only large cat with a genuine purr. Contrary to the purr are frightened or threatened noises. Hisses, growls and screams are all sounds denoting negative emotions. These are very strong and definitive noises and should be used as a warning that your pet is not happy. They are most commonly used when a cat feels threatened by another cat or animal, but sometimes will demonstrate fear of a human. Chattering, which involves quickly chattering the teeth together, is a noise emitted when a cat has a predatory urge but cannot act on it. For instance, a cat may chatter when watching a bird through the window. Various other sounds include squeaks, a high-pitched excited noise; mews, used by kittens as an immature version of the meow; and trills, an excited chirping noise used for greeting between two cats or cats and humans.
The immense library of cat language is ever expanding and often overwhelming. However, time, love, and care will indubitably assist you in becoming familiar with your own pets noises. Use the general list of noises as a guideline, but be sure to spend time specifically getting to know your cat and their language. Understanding each other is the first step in improving the long-lasting relationship you are sure to develop with your feline friend!
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Article written by Shannah Lane
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