The Cat’s Meow
Does your feline friend talk to you? Cats have many adorable qualities, but those cute little meows are definitely one of Fluffy’s most charming attributes! Read on as a Lakeville, MN veterinarian discusses the cat’s meow.
History of the Meow
Did you know that cats may have started meowing specifically to manipulate us? Adult cats rarely meow at each other. Fluffy usually only talks to her human servants, and is often the most vocal when she wants dinner. According to recent studies, it appears that we first domesticated cats at least 5,300 years ago. We’re guessing that probably means Fluffy has had us wrapped around her cute little paws for roughly 5,299 years and eleven months. It likely didn’t take kitties long to realize that those plaintive meows are quite effective at scoring food and cuddles!
Some of our feline pals are furry little chatterboxes, while others are more reserved, and only vocalize on occasion. Fluffy’s unique purrsonality will definitely play a big role in her vocalization habits, but her breed is also a factor. Some kitties that are known for being talkative include the Siamese, who often sounds a lot like a human baby, and the Maine Coon, who communicates with some adorable chirps and trills.
Conversations With Cats
Talking to your furball is a great way to make her feel pampered and loved, and to show her some attention. Fluffy may answer back, or she may just start purring and rubbing against your leg. Either way, this can be a great way for you to practice a speech or vent after a bad day!
Fluffy’s singing talents are definitely not one of her more charming characteristics. If you’ve never heard a male kitty singing about his search for love, well, let’s just say this is another great reason to get your cat fixed. Other kitties may find the sound of these feline love sounds appealing, but they’re not quite so pleasing to human ears.
If you’ve recently noticed changes in your kitty’s vocalizations, you may have a sick pet on your hands. A quiet cat that suddenly won’t stop meowing, or a talkative kitty that falls silent, could be ill. Contact your vet right away if your furball’s meow patterns change.
Does your cat need veterinary care? We can help! Please contact us, your local Lakeville, MN animal clinic, anytime.