The Cat’s Meow- What It Means!
17 March, 2017
the cats' meow

Our cats love to meow and some more than others.  Kittens meow to let their mother know they’re cold or hungry, but once they are older, cats rarely meow to other cats.  Cats will meow to you throughout their lives because meowing is their form of communicating and it gets them what they want! Cats also yowl, a sound similar to the meow but more drawn out and melodic.

Some breeds meow more than other, like the Siamese cat who is quite the talkative one.

If you think your cat is meowing excessively and that this is a new and unusual pattern, make sure to take your cat to your veterinarian to rule out any medical condition.

Below are some other reasons why your cat might be meowing:

To greet you:  Your cat can be expected to meow in greeting when you come home, when she meets up with you in the house or yard and when you speak to her.

To get attention: Cats enjoy social contact with people and some will be very vocal in their requests for attention. Your cat might want to be pet, played with or simply talked to. Cats left alone for long periods of time each day may be more likely to meow for attention.

To ask for food.  Most cats like to eat and they can be quite demanding about it! Some cats learn to meow whenever anyone enters the kitchen, just in case food might be coming. Others meow to wake you up to serve them breakfast. Cats also learn to beg for human food by meowing.

To ask to be let in or out.  Meowing is the cat’s primary way to let you know what she wants. If she wants to go outside, she’ll learn to meow at the door.  And if you let your cat out, she’ll meow to get you to let her back inside.

The Other types of Meows:

Chirps, Trills, and Chirrups

These birdlike utterances are slightly more declarative than a meow. Originally used by mothers to tell kittens to pay attention and follow her, your cat may chirp to get you to pay attention to her or as a way to get you to check out something important. Chirrups and squeaky little trills might also happen when your kitty is excited and happy.


You might have heard your cat chatter her teeth while staring out a window at a sparrow or squirrel in a tree. Sometimes accompanied by a chirp, squeak or faint cry, the chatter is usually an indicator of a cat’s predatory excitement and of her stress at not being able to get to the reward!

If your cat meows at you loudly, try this:  Meow right back at her in the same tone. When I do this with my kitty she stops immediately and looks at me in dismay!

Don’t ever scold your cat for meowing too much. Just sit down and pet your cat instead and the meow will most likely end up in a purring session.

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