Cats have a unique vocal range. Many owners understand their pets without words, because these animals are able to show by meowing the whole gamut of emotions - from joy to aggression.
Secrets of the cat's meow
Unlike other animals, cats' language is very rich. They have well-developed vocal cords, due to which they are able to produce a wide variety of sounds. The range of meows ranges from ultrasound, which a mother cat uses to communicate with kittens, to a dull and low growl, emitted during defense or guarding of territory. The uniqueness of feline meows is that most of the sounds are intended directly for humans. Over the years of living with people, cats have learned to imitate the intonation of their voices, so by meowing you can easily determine what the cat wants. Surprisingly, these animals practically do not use sounds in communicating with each other. A variety of meows to other felines can only be heard from kittens. Later, this set of sounds is used by animals only when communicating with humans. High, stringy notes are very similar to the voice of a small child, and cats use this to get the attention of the owner. In communication with other animals, cats make other sounds - hiss, loud cries and soft growls. And then, these sound experiments are only used when the cat is in danger.
Scientists have identified up to 16 types of feline meows.
What does the cat want
An insistent meow of low tones means that the cat lacks attention. At the same time, she can rub against your legs, follow you around the house and interfere in every possible way. To distract the animal, pet it or give it a favorite toy. A quiet, almost inaudible meow is a request for affection. The cat says that she missed the owner and would not mind talking to him. Also, the animal can delicately ask for something forbidden, for example, a piece of your cutlet.
In addition to meowing, cats are capable of making a lot of other sounds - howling, purring, clicking and chirping.
A lingering loud meow with the sound "e" appearing in it means excitement. A cat can meow this way when it gets into an unfamiliar environment, as well as when you behave in an unusual way - for example, you did not feed it with your beloved liver on time. Meowing with a grazing "r" at the beginning indicates a strong desire of the cat to get something. An animal can make this sound at the sight of tasty food or an interesting toy. Translated into human, such a meow means: "Give it to me soon!" A quick vibrating meow, consisting of several short sounds, can be regarded as a greeting. You can hear this meowing when you return home after a long absence. With this sound, the cat expresses its joy that the owner has finally come. A lingering lingering meow that sounds like "in the nose" may indicate that the cat is bad, lonely, or even painful. Pet and if the sounds continue, you may need to talk to your veterinarian.