Why do Cats Meow?

Alex Williams
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  1. To let you do something

    Some people believe that a cat can learn to Meow at a human to let him do something such as bringing food. Those people claim that cats Meow when a human fails to understand their body language or the messages they are trying to send to a human.

  2. Feels Pain

    A cat can Meow if it feels pain. Some medical conditions result in excessive meowing. In such a case the cat has to be checked by a veterinarian.

  3. Getting attention

    Some cats can meow if they wanted more attention from their owners or if they felt like they want to play.

  4. Anxiety

    Cats can Meow when they feel anxious. This can happen when their surroundings change or when they are taken to new places.

  5. To signal for a mate

    Females Cats can Meow when they are ready for mating to Signal male cats. (See Why Do Cats Love Catnip?)

  6. Hunger

    Cats Can Meow when they are hungry. Some cats learned to Meow when they see their plates empty. Meowing in such a case can be a demand for humans to feed them.

  7. Aging

    As cats get old their cognitive functions weaken and can Meow a lot for no reason.

  8. New cat in the Neighborhood

    A cat can Meow more often if a new cat appeared in the Neighborhood. This can be either a sign of happiness or dissatisfaction.

  9. Just saying Hi

  10. Kittens ask for help

    Kittens Meow to their mothers when they feel cold or hungry. After they grow up they usually stop Meowing to other cats.

  11. To get in or out

    Cats can Meow if they want to be moved in or out of a place. It’s their way of getting human attention to their need. (See Why do Cats always land on their feet?)

  12. To complain

    Cats can Meow to complain to humans about something that has happened. For example giving the cat a food that it doesn’t like can result in Meowing.

  13. Loneliness

    Cats do feel lonely as well. If the cat spends too much time alone then it can Meow out of loneliness.

  14. Meowing varies by breed

    Some Cat Breeds Meow much more than others. Siamese cats for example are known for excessive Meowing.

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