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8 Sounds Cats Make and Their Meanings - Understand Your Cat Better

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In this video, we'll show you 8 different sounds cats make, and explain what they mean.







Purring
Cats often purr when they are happy.
Cats may also purr when they are in pain
The vibrations produced by purring is linked to many health benefits such as reducing blood pressure

Trilling
Trilling is a chirpy, high-pitched sound that cats make to greet people or other kittens
Cats trill to get the attention of humans or other cats. This positive-vibe noise is a way of saying "Hello, Im here!"

Chattering
Cats make chattering noise by vibrating their jaws
Cat often make this sound when theyre fascinated by bird or prey outside a window, but cant reach it
A cats chattering noise indicates extreme frustration or extreme excitement

Growling
Growling is a warning sound. It indicates fear or anger
Growling is a cats way of saying leave me alone

Meow
In the wild, kittens meow to their mothers when they are cold or hungry
However, adult cats dont meow at each other. Scientist believe cats have refined meow sound exclusively for humans
Cats meow at humans to say hello, ask for food, attention or warmth
But if the meow sounds unpleasant, your pet is annoyed or angry

Yowling
The yowl is a long, drawn-out moan. Unlike meowing, yowling is a cat-to-cat communication
Yowling is a cats way of saying I want to mate or stay out of my territory
Cats also yowl when scared, bored, in pain, or have hormonal issues

Hissing
Cats hiss when they are angry or frightened
Hissing is a cat's clear way of saying back off or they'll be forced to attack
Animal experts theorize that cats learned hissing by imitating snakes

Scream:
Cats scream when they are in pain. It can also signal the end of their mating.

Cats produce more than 100 different sounds.
If your cat is suddenly more vocal, it could be a sign of an underlying issue - contact your vet!

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