If you didn’t already know, cats communicate with each other in generally non-vocal ways. It’s body language, scent, stares, postrue, approach and inaudible vibrations that can be intense enough to hear as purring. So whenever cats audibly vocalise anything, they’re doing it specifically to try and communicate with humans. The funny thing about that is that dogs recognise human beings are a different species.
Cats, however, do not. They think we’re also felines, although dumb, big and hairless. That’s why whenever you hear a cat mewling, they’re probably calling out for you. The only exceptions are the hissing stray cats do to each other during territorial battles, but that’s way different than the kind of yelling cats do to humans. In fact, it’s such a rare occurence and so adorable, that there’s an entire subreddit dedicated to this.
#1 We Decided To Make The Drive From Phoenix To Sf With Two Cats, Thinking It Would Be Easier Than A Flight. We Set Up A Metal Barrier To Keep Them In The Hatchback Trunk With Food/Water/Litter But They Squeezed Their Way Out In Less Than 10 Minutes. The Rest Of The Drive Was Chaos.
PetMD outlined some good things on mewling!
Why do cats meow? The reasons change as they grow from kittens into cats. Kittens meow to their mothers when they’re hungry, cold, or scared. But once cats get older, they use other vocalizations — such as yowling, hissing, and growling — to communicate with each other. Meowing is reserved for their communications with people.
#2 I Took My Boy To The Vet. This Is How He Felt About It.
#3 A Compilation Of My Cat Jasmine Screaming At Me Because She Swatted Her Crinkle Toy Under The Stove. She Screams So Loud She Shuts Her Eyes Sometimes. The Neighbours Hear Her From Outside The House. My Cat Is A Banshee
#4 Become one with the darkness
#5 You’re either with it, or against it.
#6 I’m Extremely Blessed To Have My Own Tiny Lifeguard. Except, Instead Of Using A Whistle Or Attempting To Save Me. He Screams At Me In Terror… The Entire Time.
Of course, the amount of meowing varies by breed and even cat. Oriental breeds, especially Siamese cats, are known as great “talkers,” so anyone who doesn’t like meowing probably should steer clear of these breeds.
And some cats just seem to like to hear their own voices, while others seem to want to carry on a conversation with their owners. If your cat is talking a little more than you’d like, try to figure out the cause first. Once you know the reason, you can then work to get your cat to meow less.
#7 He Yells In My Ear If His Dinner Is Late. Finally Caught One On Camera
#9 The lion’s roar
#10 Cat summons
Cats meow for many reasons, from the serious to the attention-seeking. They include:
Illness. The first step is a thorough checkup by your veterinarian. Numerous diseases can cause a cat to feel hunger, thirst, or pain, all of which can lead to excessive meowing. Cats of all ages also can develop an overactive thyroid or kidney disease, both of which can result in excessive vocalizations.
#11 Make room!
#12 This Is Fridge. She Would Like To File A Formal Complaint With The Staff About Feeding Schedules.
#13 This Is My Baby Boy Haru, Currently Screaming At The Snow
#14 For Those Who Wondered Why I Didn’t Post The Daily Yell Anymore: My 20y Old Yeller Got A Sick Heart And Lung. I Had Many Vet Visits And She’s Probably Not Going To Live That Long Anymore.
Attention seeking. Despite what some people think, cats don’t like being alone a lot. Cats often meow to initiate play, petting, or to get you to talk to them. If you want to cut down on attention-seeking meows, stop responding when it happens. Only give her attention when she’s quiet. If she starts to meow again, look or walk away. But don’t ignore your pet. Spend quality time each day with her, playing, grooming, and talking to her. A tired pet is a quieter pet.
Wants food. Some cats meow every time someone walks in the kitchen, hoping to get a bite. And many cats become very vocal when it gets close to their feeding times. If this is your problem, don’t feed your cat when she cries. Wait until she quiets to put down food, and don’t give her treats when she meows. If this doesn’t work, get an automatic feeder that opens at set times. Now kitty will meow at the feeder and not you.
#15 Gish Has A Lot To Say
#16 I Have A Whole Album On My Phone Called “Wahhh” That’s Just Pics Of Cherry Yelling At Me
#17 “Use Yer Heckin Blinker Next Time, Ya Overgrown Hairball”
#18 The Foster Lady Said He Was Quiet. Gerald Has Been Yelling At Me For Two Years Now.
#19 This Is Waffles. Waffles Has Been Shouting At Me For 10 Years. She’s My Ride Or Die.
Greeting you. Many cats meow when their people come home, or even when they just meet them in the house. This is a hard habit to break, but look at it as kitty saying she’s happy to see you.
She’s lonely. If your pet spends too many hours a day alone, think about getting a pet sitter to drop in during the day, or find other ways to enrich your pet’s life. Put a bird feeder outside a window she can watch. Leave foraging toys out with food inside. Get her a kitty condo and rotate different toys that you leave out for play.
#20 This Little Lady’s Screams Saved Her Life When My BF Heard Her Shouting From Under His Car On A -15° Day. She Has Bones Sticking Out, A Crusty Eye, A Sinus Infection And Badly Frostbitten Beans. Going To The Vet Today!
#21 The Kittens Were Hungry. So Many Little Yells. The Jump Yell Is My Favorite.
#22 Most Of The Time When He Opens His Mouth, There’s Just Silence — I Caught Him Making His Best Yell, Here.
#23 So I Adopted This Guy 2 Months Ago, He’s A Retired Breeder. 9 Years Old. This Is The First Thing He’s Said To Me, Also The First Time He Approached Me
#24 I Took My Indoor Cat Outside For The First Time Ever And She Was Not A Fan
A stressed cat. Cats that are experiencing stress often become more vocal. A new pet or baby, a move or changes to the home, an illness or the loss of a loved one can turn your cat into a talker. Try to discover what is stressing your pet and help her adjust to the change. If that’s not possible, give your cat extra attention and quiet time to help soothe her.
Aging cats. Cats, just like people, can suffer from a form of mental confusion, or cognitive dysfunction, as they age. They become disoriented and often cry plaintively for no apparent reason, especially at night. A nightlight sometimes can help if your cat becomes disoriented at night, and veterinarians often can prescribe medications that help these symptoms.
#25 Every Morning After Breakfast Jake Comes In To Report His Grievances To Me.
#26 Twenty-One Year Old Pepsi Is Deaf And Looking For Owner – Finds With Joy
#27 My Little Old Man Loved This Game. I Miss Him Every Day
#28 How Can Something Be Sooo Annoying, Yet So Loveable?
#29 Gizmo Wanted To Be In The Bathroom, But Now He Doesn’t ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
#30 She Gets Concerned When I’m Outside Without Her
What about you? Do you have a talkative cat?