Wednesday, April 22, 2015

What does that meow mean?

Most cats only meow around humans. Around other cats, they use other types of sounds and communication, and a lot of it happens with their eyes and tails. While cats can seem independent and aloof, they can still make 16 different meow sounds to communicate with us, and different meows can mean anything from "feed me" to "leave me alone."

It is important to learn the cat's habits and forms of communications. Older cats often meow more than younger cats, and this can indicate that they need a little more attention. Some cats meow excessively because they don't like to be left alone.

If your cat starts meowing much more than usual it might be time for a trip to the vet. It can mean the cat is stressed, or hurt. Of course, sometimes they meow just to say hi, because they want food, or attention.

  • To politely say hello to a cat, catch its gaze and look away.
  • If a feline gives you a slow blink, that's is like a wink between good friends.
  • If you cat approaches you with its tail straight up, it's like a handshake. It's happy to see you. 

Do you have a cat? Does he or she "talk" to you?

~ Maria Sadowski ~

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