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MEOW MEOW MEOW

Tuesday, June 4, 2013
posted by Jim Murphy

MEOWINGOver the past few day, my cat Millie has been meowing more than usual. Of course, I have to tend to her needs every time she meows. She meows when she wants to be pet, she meows when she wants her snacks, she meows when she wants to play, she meows when she wants to go out on my terrace, she meows for no reason at all. The vocalizations your cat makes are designed to get some attention and she sure gets mine. Any kind of disturbance is calculated to get your attention. Any kind of response other than ignoring your cat will actually reinforce the behavior. So I am guilty of reinforcing my cats behavior. I’m not complaining, but my goal is to make sure that she is happy and content. I guess I’m a “doting parent.”

If the cat is upset, it will produce a variety of meowing calls that actually sound different from one another. These sounds convey different emotions which are:

Anger
Fright
Pain
Attention

ANGER
This high intensive sound made when the cat is extremely angry is called “caterwauling.” The sound can vary but it is usually very high and extremely intense.

FRIGHT
If a cat is cornered and cannot run away or hide, it may make a throaty yowling noise. The cat may also spit and hiss.

PAIN
If a cat is in agony it will scream or screech according to the intensity of the pain. If it is a kitten, the sound will be that of a squeal.

 

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