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Your Cat Makes 11 Different Sounds…Here’s What They Mean

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    Short Meows

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    A short meow is the basic and most popular cat meows for cats who just want to say hi! This is normal and nothing to worry about, as your cat is simply happy to see you. Give him a pet, because it means he wants a bit of attention.

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    Multiple Meowing

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    If your cat meows multiple times or a few meows every minute, it says he's VERY excited and happy. It's more comfortable version of the short meow, meaning that your cat is saying that it's great to see you. Just like the short meow, give him a pet!

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    Mid-Pitch Meows

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    For cats who have mid-pitch meows, it usually means he's asking for something. It might be playtime or attention, or he may want to go out to do his business. Other times, it means that he wants food. If it's time for dinner and he starts meowing this way, you know he's hungry!

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    Long Meows

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    Just like mid-pitch meows, your cat wants something. But it isn't just a plea; it's a demand! Your cat may be VERY hungry, or he simply demands attention from you after a long day alone. Or, he wants you to open the door, so he can go out or back in.

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    Low-Pitch Meows

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    A low-pitch meow means your cat is complaining and he's unhappy about it. It's time to show your attention or fill up his empty bowl, or he will be in a bad mood for a long time. He might also be mad at something you did, like forgetting him outside!

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    High-Pitched Meows

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    High-pitched meows is an expression of pain. It might not be something wrong with his digestion or body, but it may be physical pain, such as accidentally kicking him or stepping his tail. This yowl helps you know if he's hurt from a fight as well.

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    Growls or Howls

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    If your cat growls, that means he's feeling VERY negative. They are usually growling when fighting with other cats, trying to protect their territory. A growling cat is an angry cat, so I urge you to stay away to avoid any scratches or bites. If your cat begins to howl, it means she feels danger or needs immediate help because of an injury or sickness. Go to a veterinarian as soon as possible.

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    Just like growling, a hissing cat can also mean someone that's very upset or irritated. It can also show fear, since cats would usually hiss when he's surrounded by unfamiliar people or in a new environment. It's best to let him be first.

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    Chirruping means that your cat wants something but he can't get it. But this isn't about food. He might see prey out of the window but he can't move to it. It's a short and stuttered meow that's a mix of both excitement and frustration.

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    Caterwauls are low moaning sounds female cats would make when in heat. It alerts other cats that she's in heat and ready for mating. Your cat may also have an uncomfortable-looking stare to go along with these cat sounds.

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    Purring is a sweet sounds that means that your cat feels content with your. It means that he's happy or sleepy, comfortable as he sleeps on your lap or cuddles with you. Mother cats would also purr to her kittens to comfort them. 


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