If you haven’t read the first installment (The Different Meows Cats Make and their Meanings – Part 1), then we definitely recommend you read it first, before proceeding with this one.
We’ve already talked about some of the meows that cats make, and what they mean. We’ve talked about their usual “calling for their owner,” meows, to their more intimate mating meows. We’ll now continue where we left off, and take a look at some of the different meows our feline friends make!
Now, this isn’t exactly a “meow,” per se, but it is definitely a sound that cats make. Cats make growling sounds to warn off anything, whenever they feel threatened or stressed. Vocalisation can range from being short to long, but the message is usually the same, and can be directly translated to “I don’t want to be disturbed!” or “Go away!”
Exceptions would be in cases where they growl way too often, and/or for longer durations. This could be a sign that your cat is experiencing some physical discomforts, which merits a visit to the vet.
Scream/Cry of Pain
If you’re familiar with the sound that cats make when they scream/cry in pain, then you know how upsetting this intensely high-pitched sound can be. Cats may usually make this sound when they’ve been injured, in extreme pain, and in some occasion, after they’ve mated with a partner.
Kitten’s Distress Call
Kittens have a specific cry for help, or distress call (A.K.A. emergency call), that they mostly use during the first few weeks. In general, the meaning is basically saying “Where are you Mom? I need you,” or simply just “Feed me, Mom.” The sound resembles that of a common meow, but its pitch is higher and the kitten emits it louder. The more urgent the need, the louder both pitch and sound gets.
Howls and Shrieks
Howls and shrieks are long, high-pitched noises that cats make after they growl. They use this to the person, animal, or object that still hasn’t backed off, even after they’ve expressed feelings of being threatened, annoyed, or disinterested. If the growl is mainly used as a warning shot, howls and shrieks act more like threats, signaling the potential intruder that they’re ready to fight if needed. This sound is common among unneutered adult males, that tend to frequently encounter combat with other cats.
Chattering refers to a high-pitched sound that cats make, accompanied by the noise made by their vibrating jaws. You’ll be able to hear cats commonly make this sound when they’re super excited, or very frustrated (like that squirrel they can’t catch because they can’t get out the window).
Ever noticed that murmuring sound your cats make when they’re eating or being sweet? That’s actually a combination of purring, grunting, and meowing. The murmur has a positive undertone, and is used by cats to express satisfaction and gratitude.
There are a lot more different “meows,” that cats make, but so far, these are the ones we’ve been able to identify. Remember to practice your ears, and listen in to important details in their meows. Every pitch, vocalization, and intensity, is an effort to communicate. It’s an effort to bond.