Have you ever seen your Cat meow at other Cats?
But your Cat meows at you right?
Sometimes non stop!
There’s a reason for this
In this article I will talk about why Cats meow at humans
I will then talk about what they are trying to tell you when they Meow
Let’s dive straight in…
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Your Cat meows at you simply because they are trying to tell you something (obviously)
You see Cats won’t meow at other Cats because they communicate through scent, body language, facial expression and touch
Now with humans
Cats have learned that they cannot communicate with you the way they do with other Cats
Which is why Cats meow at humans to communicate
Scientists believe they have refined this language to converse with humans
As Cat parents it’s important that we understand what our Cat is trying to tell us
Especially when it comes to pain, because Cats can be very subtle when they are in discomfort
So how can we understand what our Cat is saying to us?
If you live with a vocal Cat you will notice how they have different sounds to their meows and varies in tone
When your Cat wants food or just attention then they will sound pleasant
But if your Cat is angry or annoyed then the meow sounds very unpleasant
You will understand your Cats meow and what they want
For example my Cat loves treats (well all Cats do!) and when he wants one
He will go straight to the cupboard in which I keep them and will meow with a slight purr in it
And boy, I always give in because how can I not give him when he sounds so adorable!
Let’s break down your Cat’s language to get a better understand when your Cat meows
Short Meow or a quick Mew – This is a Hello greeting to you.
Multiple Meows at you – When you come home from a long days work or your Cat has not seen you for a while then you’ll notice your Cat will meow multiple times. This is a very excited greeting from your Cat. Something like “Very excited to see you!”
Mid pitch Meow – This is like a plea for example they want food or attention
Drawn out Meow – Your Cat is demanding for something for example “let me go out now!”
Low Pitch Meow – This is your Cat complaining to you of something wrong you have done
High Pitch Meow – Your Cat is angry or in pain for example if you have ever accidentally stepped on your Cats tail, you would have heard how she let’s out a big high pitched meow like she’s saying “You just stepped on my tail!” (Make sure you don’t ever step on your Cat’s tail!)
Cats don’t only just communicate by meowing
They also purr
Cats meow at humans for many more reasons too
It’s up to us Cat parents to understand them and see what they want.
Other reasons Cat may meow at humans are as follows
I’m stressed – When Cats are stressed they tend to become more vocal than normal. For example my Cat I recently took to the Vets in a pet carrier. He was obviously stressed and would meow constantly whilst in the pet carrier.
I want food – You’ll know when your Cat wants food and the type of meow she’ll do. My Cat will just keep walking behind me and meow with a slight purr which basically means “I want food now, feed me!”
Give me attention! Sometimes all a Cat needs is attention and they know that by meowing at you they get your attention. So next time your Cat meows at you for no reason, it is for attention so give them some time and play with her. She’ll appreciate that
Let me in – When a Cat is locked outside and wants to get in then they’ll meow till you open the door. Well that’s what my Cat does, he won’t stop meowing till the door is open and bless him because when he meows to be let in he sounds too cute!
I’m in heat! – A female Cat might yowl and meow when they are in heat
I’m happy and content! – This one is different because your Cat will not meow when they are content and happy but they will purr. Important note to remember is Cats will purr when they are in pain too!
Our Cats know how to talk to us and they use different vocals and ways of meowing.
They don’t just meow for the sake of it but it’s their way of telling us what they want or how they feel
And as the quote goes “A meow massages the heart” – Stuart Mcmillan which is very true indeed
That is why I always fall prey to giving my Cat a treat every time he wants one!
But what is important is that we understand our Cat when they are trying to communicate with us.
As mentioned in the article, Cats are very subtle in hiding pain so we Cat parents need to realize when they are in pain too
Understanding your Cat will only build that strong connection because Connection is a beautiful thing.
If you want to learn more on how you can talk to you Cat you can check out my article How to talk to your Cat