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.
The reason why cats “meow,” or make meow-sounding noises is still pretty much unknown. Cats can make over 100 different types of vocalisations, all of which have different meanings behind them. Let’s find out more about these different “meows,” and find out what could each of them possibly mean.
Although the basic meow can be used by cats for a number of reason, but more often than not, they use it to draw their owner’s (or other humans) attention. But it’s possible to try and understand what they’re trying to convey, by listening to their meow’s intensity, frequency, and observing their body language. As a general rule, the more intense the cat’s meow is the more urgent the message they’d want to convey.
Purring is heard as a rhythmic sound, emitted in a low volume with varying ranges of frequency. Now, you might think that only domesticated cats purr, but wild cats purr as well! It’s a shared trait by every single cat in the feline family. Cats purr to express how they feel, depending on their age and what they’re currently experiencing.
For example, mother cats use purring to soothe and calm their kittens down during child birth, and the first few days of their life. In adults, they’re most often used to express contentment, happiness, and safety. However, cats also purr due to sickness, fear, and the feeling of being threatened or vulnerable.
The chirp is a sound made by cats with their mouths closed that emits noise similar to that of a trill. This sound is most often used by cats to communicate with their kittens during breast feeding time or weaning. Adults also use this as a way to greet their owners, other family members, and pets (like other cats and dogs).
While humans use snorting as a way to clear their noses, or when they can’t help but laugh uncontrollably loud, cats use it as a means for self-defense. This is what makes a hissing sound, as the cat keeps itself in a low position, with its ears pulled back. Cats typically begin to start making this type of meow once they reach the age of 3 weeks old and above.
Both male and female cats have specific vocalizations for when the mating season arrives. They often use intensely prolonged moans (or meows) that signal to other potential mates their intentions of mating hence, attracting their partners. Males use it to also ward off and warn other males of their presence, and to keep them out of their territory.
There are a bunch of other meows that we haven’t talked about yet, which we will do so on the second installment. Understanding your cat’s meow will help you understand them better, which in turns will aid you to become a more loving, caring, and understanding owner. Don’t forget to come back later to learn more meows, and get to know more about our feline friends all over the world!
Christmas season is not just about decking the halls with boughs of holly. It’s also about making things nice for everyone in the house, including our beloved cats. Your cats will likely be curious and intrigued with all the glittering designs, the busy preparations, and the scrumptious food you’re preparing.
Although Christmas is supposed to be a fun time, it can potentially be dangerous for our feline friends. One could say that they that Christmas might actually be against them, making them feel unwelcome. To help them feel right at home with the season, here are a couple of things you can adjust accordingly.
Making Your Christmas Tree Cat-Friendly
Cats love to climb high places. It’s in their nature and it’s wired in their brains. To make your Christmas tree cat-friendly, hang ornaments that don’t easily break on the lower half of the tree. To avoid accidents, put the tree in a room where you frequently stay in. Place some of your cat’s toys under the tree, along with some blankets and pillows, so they can have the luxury of sleeping beneath it, as you are chilling and relaxing in the room.
Create or Purchase Presents for Your Cat
It’s only once a year, so go on and buy your cat some presents. Get them a new chew toy (preferably one that’s noisy), buy them some fancy food, maybe a new bed and/or a new scratching post too. You can create presents as well, like a toilet paper roll cat toy, feather cat pounce toy, and a cardboard palace. Don’t forget to match the present to your cat’s personality as well, which only falls into the categories of either playful or lazy because we all know how cats truly are, right?
Spend some Quality Time Together
Christmas is a time where a lot of people get to eat a lot of food. This is also very true for your cat, which you’re probably gonna be spoiling with lots of food, treats, and cat sweets. Your furry bundle of joy is possibly gonna be receiving lots of new toys too, so what better way to put them to use? Well, you spend some quality time with your cats and play with them, until they get tired, or they decided they’ve had enough. After that, both of you can then snuggle with each other on the couch, while watching Christmas reruns on the television.
Another important thing to keep in mind is to avoid using some seasonal plants for decoration. Some of these plants can be dangerous for your cat, so it’s best to stay on the safe side and keep off them.
As we’ve said before, Christmas isn’t just season for decorating, eating, and having fun for us humans. It’s also a season for our cats to enjoy themselves, and it’s in our best interest to make that happen for them. Christmas should be the season for our cats too, and seeing that come true should be one of our priorities.
As old as time, the knowledge about cats and dogs not getting along is now common sense. It has been portrayed in movies and cartoons as these two would run up their heels and try to wrestle each other to the ground. In most videos, you can even see cats bullying dogs whenever they don’t get it their way. Even in owners, they even have this small feud about which animal is more huggable and lovable – something that both sides will never know.
But in this case, there is a papa dog that deserves all the love and praise when Ponzu, the golden retriever, takes a frail little kitten under his wing. Since day one, you can tell in Ponzu’s eyes the love and warmth of a parent for a child that’s not his. Blood and kind wasn’t an issue for these two, they get along like hot tea in a cold weather and cake with coffee – a perfect two that cannot be separated.
The tiny kitten named Ichimi makes an effort to show her love for her new papa – she cuddles and plays with him whenever she can. She was abandoned by her mom as a kitten and now lives with her foster humans and Ponzu. They would cuddle whenever it gets too cold or sometimes it’s Ichimi way of showing her gratitude to her foster dad.
It seems Ichimi wasn’t his first adopted kitten – he used to have some and ensured that he gives out the love they deserve. But when he met Ichimi, it was after the death of his foster kitten and was utterly devastated with that event. Ichimi brought him back the light he lost from his eyes – the light and warmth of happiness and love. He even cleans the kitten whenever needed! Talk about unconditional parental love.
Ichimi grew up as a fine feline – but this doesn’t get in the way of their cuddles and hugs. They still do a lot of things together and play with each other. But compared before, Ponzu gets more tired during playtime and eventually Ichimi have to play alone. But aside from that, they pretty much enjoy each other’s company and won’t be separated anytime soon.
They might be your unusual pair but they are the best of friends and are family. They love each other and they deserve all the attention and praise in the world! Like how it is for people – cats also recognise their saviour and parental presence. Even if they don’t always interact, they will long for their part of the family and would forever be in their hearts. They won’t express it though words, but they will lovingly show it to you.
Once in a while, you would see cat videos around the globe about cats becoming overwhelmed with emotions that they sob. Maybe it happened to you as well – you gave your cat a new cat toy and your cat cat cries tears of joy. While it might be heartwarming and chances for ‘aww’ pictures, you should be actually worried if you cat sheds tears.
However, it doesn’t really diminishes their emotions – they just show it differently and uniquely compared to humans and even dogs. They can read their master’s emotions as well and will react appropriately as to how they think should be. Their feelings are subtle but noticeable:
- Happy means they are energetic and playful. They will also purr a lot and become more affectionate with their humans.
- Sad means they feel lethargic, silent, won’t interact with anyone or even with a toy, and eventually lose their appetite.
- Angry or frightened cat will become hostile – they will hiss, claw you, and growl. If ever this happens, give them space and time to calm down. Ideally, they have a cat tree to rest on just to destress themselves and claw their tiny paws out.
But cats never cry due to emotion – it could be a serious health problem that you’re unaware of and can actually be dangerous if left untreated for a while. Crying from cats could be the first symptom that you need to watch out for. These are the reasons why your feline friend cries:
- Dust in the eye
- Injury from a cat fight
- Clogged tear ducts
- Corneal problems
- Dry eye
- Respiratory infections
- Pink eye
- Structural issues
For the safety of your cat and you, make sure you go to the nearest vet and have them take care of your pet properly. Taking care of their health is important as they could be experiencing great pain and they can’t show it – or you don’t understand what it means. However, ideally, you can take them to the vet twice a month to ensure that they are doing fine.
As it is indeed safe to not touch your cat’s face while it is crying, you should wipe the beads of tears in its eye to avoid worsening its condition and crystallization of the tears as well. It’ll become hard enough for their eyes to shut close and would be a challenge to open them again. Here is what you should do:
- Dip a clean cotton ball or a Q-tip in clean water and gently wipe away the tears, starting from the corner of the eye outwards. Always use a fresh cotton or Q-tip for each eye.
- No flowery scented washes and products for now until your cat is fully healed and is no longer tearing up.
But aside from that, make sure you follow the vet’s orders and make sure you take the necessary measure to keep your cat healthy. After all, a healthy cat is a happy cat and they will show you their thanks in purrs!
Cats are often seen as aloof and independent. They are often seen to be doing their thing, without company by their sides, which leads people to think that these furry felines prefer to live alone. Although it’s true that they’re mostly solitary, cats don’t really favor, or like, being alone.
They like to have space to function on their own, while having a family who’ll always be there for them. One example that proves cats aren’t really solitary creatures is the fact that they sleep with their owners. There are a lot of reasons as to why cats decide to sleep beside us, and we’ll talk about 5 of them here.
For a Source of Warmth
Have you ever noticed your cat(s) sleeping on your laptops? Or have you seen them sleep in areas where slivers of sun are present? Ever wondered why they do it? Turns out cats actually crave for warmth. Humans are warm, and cats love to snuggle with us from time to time, so they could get that extra amount of comfortability and relaxation they’re looking for.
They Feel Comfortable
Sometimes, cats just want to be 100% comfortable and at ease. Just like any creature, cats look for the things that make them feel comfortable, and bring them pleasure. There are moments when they feel this best when they’re around humans, able to feel our warmth and presence.
They Feel Secure with You
Cats don’t like being vulnerable, and they are often at their most vulnerable when they’re fast asleep. With this in mind, they often prefer sleeping on high places, to avoid any attacker from taking advantage of them. When they sleep with you, this means that they feel secure around you, and like to have around to keep them safe and sound.
It’s a Territorial Thing
Have you ever thought that maybe cats think that you’re the one sleeping on their bed? Cats are innately territorial, which means sleeping on your bed is how things should be, simply because the bed is their territory. To them, it’s you who are sleeping on their bed, which has a good meaning to it because this means they trust you enough to share a bed with you.
You are Part of the Family
Our feline companions thrive on attention, but not just anyone’s attention. What they’re looking for is attention from the ones they consider family, which basically means the ones they love. If they’re comfortable sleeping with you, this means that they treat you as part of the family, and that they love you just like one.
No matter what the reason, having your cat sleep with you is definitely a good thing. It lets you bond and strengthen the kind of relationship you share with each other. But you should also consider whether or not you have an allergy, or if they spend a lot of time outside. Give them a regular bath as well, so you could make sleeping beside each other a pleasant experience for both of you.