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What are your cat’s “Meows” Telling You?

Sunday, March 9, 2014
posted by Jim Murphy

CATS SINKThis morning while working on my computer, my cat Molly started walking around and “meowing.” She was fed and she is content but why the meowing?  You can better understand your furry friends vocalizations by the kind of meow that she is making. Is she howling or hissing? This could indicate distress of anger.  As you become familiar with your cats personality, you will soon be aware of  her personality and habits and will be able to detect her mood changes and even health problems. The all-purpose “meow” can be a greeting, a command, an objection, or an announcement, like “I found a mouse.”  Chirps and trills are how a mother cat tells her kittens to follow her. Sometimes, if you have more than one cat, they will “talk” to each other this way.  All you hear between my two cats are hisses. They don’t care for each other!  Chattering is that strange noise you hear when your cat is watching birds or squirrels. Purring is usually a sign of contentment. Sometimes a cat will purr when it is ill. This is way that she will comfort herself sort of like when a child sucks his thumb.

Does your car purr and arch his  back when you come in the door? This is her way of telling you that she is content and enjoys being pet and wants more. If she purrs and shrinks toward the floor, she is glad to see you but save the petting for later.  Growling, spitting or hissing indicates that your cat is annoyed.

So this morning, I believe that Molly was telling me to get off the damn computer and spend some time with her. In fact, I think I will.

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