7 Common Cat Sounds & What They Mean

Most cat communication centers around meowing demands regarding food, play, attention or to answer cats calling them.   


 Purrs demonstrate contentment but also used to self-soothe anxiety and pain so context clues inform proper interpretation.  


Defensive/fearful noises often warning unwanted approachers away or showing discomfort with situation.   


Odd chirp-like sounds express positive emotions like excitement or greeting owners. Often flock communication.


 Mimics wild cat teeth clacking to warn rivals from territory or sizing up prey vermin for hunting.  

Teeth Chattering

 Aggressive vocalization mimicking a growl paired with folded back ears. Signals rising anger/irritation.  


Painful persistent yowling indicates distress from injury, neglect, loss or marking mating readiness. Seek cause.


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