Why Do Cats Meow?
In speaking to each other, cats use facial expression, scent, touch and complete body language. However, meowing is a language which was developed exclusively for human beings. The only meowing that cats do with each other is the one between a mother and her kittens. Tiny meows are used by kittens to get their mother’s attention; therefore, the meows stop once they have grown up.
Cats meow to their owners for the same reasons. For instance, cats kept as pets at home understand that their owners do not respond to body language or scent messages. Therefore, the animals make use of meowing to communicate, and according to scientists, the meowing language has been refined to specifically maintain conversation with human beings.
Cats believe that it is only through meowing that they can get attention, food, play and contact from their human companions, with some experts believing that meows are tailored by certain cats to suit different purposes, making it possible for some guardians to be able to differentiate between, “let me out meow” and “I’m hungry meow”.
Different Meanings for Different Meows
Different types of meows are used by cats, and the messages vary in pitch, volume and length. The language is learned easily by most cat owners. For instance, a standard “Hello” is said through a short, high-pitched meow, while the pleasant meow is used when soliciting you for food, to get attention or to go outside. These are some other meows used by cats:
- Multiple meows – These show excitement when your cat sees you.
- Mid-pitch meow – This is used when the cat is asking for something. For instance, “I’d like to eat”
- Low-pitch meow – This is used to complain when you do something wrong.
- Drawn-out meow – This is used when demanding for something.
- High-pitch meow – Pain or anger
The Most Common Meow
The most common meow is the one made when the cat needs your attention, though the context can greatly determine the reason for that meowing. If you see your cat walking up and down in the kitchen, it is likely she wants food. If you have your cat meowing when arrive home, it is likely an indication that she is glad to see you again, and would like to be picked up or stroked.
When repeated consistently, it is likely that the welcome meow is related to mating. A female cat meows under this circumstance to indicate her willingness to mate with the males, and in certain cats, this develops into wailing for many hours for many days. Bleating sounds or strange chattering is the one made sometimes by a cat when she is seeing a prey that she is not able to reach. It is believed by some experts that this noise is a sound of feline frustration or anticipation, while others have the opinion that it is a ploy by the cat to lure the prey into investigating that strange noise.