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My cat wants to be on the radio!

Sunday, May 29, 2011
posted by Jim Murphy

cat-headphonesCats are always meowing for one reason or another. A few years ago, after working part time in commercial radio for many years, I decided to start a very small FCC compliant radio station for just my small condo community. I put the station on the air and started broadcasting oldies and community events. The small studio was in a media room in my apartment.  One day I got into my car, turned on my little radio station and heard my cat meowing into the microphone! Her meow was being broadcast over the song “What’s New Pussycat” of all things. I thought that I was dreaming! I stopped the car, rushed back to the apartment and found my cat Mollie sitting next to the microphone which was left on by mistake. My radio station is now internet only and all programming is pre-recording so no more of “Mollie in the Morning!”

So why do cats meow so much?  The reasons change as they grow from kittens to cats.  Kittens meow to their mothers when they’re hungry, cold or scared.  Once cats get older, they use other vocalizations such as yowling, hissing or growling. They do this to communicate with each other. Meowing is then reserved for communications with humans only.

My younger cat, Millie meows when she’s wants a treat or wants to play with her cat toys. At least she doesn’t want to be on the radio!

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