Why Do Cats Meow?
Meow! Meow! Meow!
Whether it is music to your ears or an irritating noise, you know how cats love to make this sound. But, have you wondered, “Why do cat’s meow?” Perhaps, you might have asked whether there is any significant meaning to it or not.
If you are looking for answers, it’s good you’re here. Let us take a deeper look at some reasons why your cat meows.
They Want To Communicate With Us
A meow is the most common sound you’ll hear from your cat. But do you know that cats don’t meow to each other? They might do it on some occasions, but it’s rare. Kittens meow to grab their mother’s attention, but when they grow up, they don’t meow that much anymore. Cats predominantly communicate with each other using their scent, touch, facial expression, and body language.
According to research, cats can make up to thirty different sounds, but when it comes to meow, they mostly do it to us, humans. They have discovered that by making sounds like a meow, they can get people’s attention and convey their needs.
Your cat meows to you because they want to tell you something. When he meows, here are some of the possible messages he wants to say.
“I Am Hungry”
Food is a basic need of your cat and it’s a great motivator to keep your cat meowing non-stop. If he is hungry, he’ll do anything just to get some food to munch on. Thus, when you see your feline friend walking behind you while preparing meals and meowing constantly, it is her way of saying that he wants some food.
“I’m Happy To See You”
When you got home from work or you just woke up, your cat may meow at first sight of you. It’s a sweet way for her to say, “I miss you” or “Hello! I’m glad to see you.”
“I Need You”
One reason your cat meows is that he is seeking attention. He wants you to divert your focus to him. Whether he needs some cuddling or playing, he would definitely try to grab your attention by his cute meow.
“I Am In Heat”
Alright, this is probably something you don’t want to hear from your cat, but it could be a reason he is meowing. A male cat meows a lot when he can sense a female cat who is in heat. On the other hand, a female cat meows and yowls even excessively at times, when the urge of breeding is strong.
“I’m Getting Old”
The more your cat gets older, the more he might meow. The reason behind this is that aging cats are experiencing a decrease in cognitive dysfunction. When he meows, he is making his presence known to others. Since he can’t see or hear that much anymore, he simply tells others that he is there.
“I’m In Pain”
If your cat is injured and sick, he may meow to ease the pain he is feeling or maybe, he is seeking comfort and sympathy from others. Whatever the reason may be, meowing helps your cat divert his attention from the pain to the sound he creates.
Understanding Your Cat’s Meow
These are just some of the reasons why cats meow. When you hear their meow, you can get a clue of what it means by looking at the whole situation. With a little investigation, you should know why he is meowing at you.
A meow is not simply a sound that your cat emits. It comes with meaning. When he meows, it is important you give him your attention. When you do that, you’ll be more effective in developing a stronger relationship with your feline friend.
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