The Meows Language


Do you know cats do not meow at each other? Meowing is only reserved for us special humans. In fact, cats can make more than a hundred vocal sounds compared to dogs at only ten sounds.

At first Theodore’s meowing seemed random. But as time goes by, I realized he is constantly expanding his repertoire of meows. I’m still learning his expanding cat language. Here are some:

– Short sound – Theodore normally makes a short Yeow like “hi” when he greets or announces his grand entrance.

– Enthusiastic vocals with full capacity double triple meowing is Theodore’s long-time-no-see greeting. He’ll often use this if I’ve slept in later than usual, have been away the whole day or just hiding in the room.

– Sometimes he gives a distinctive two loud meows to request for toilet cleaning after doing No. 2.

– Chattering sound through the teeth means bird-alert or squirrels. He is expressing excitement and frustration that he can’t reach the bird behind the window.

– Hissing means fight or flight and is very obvious. Theodore once hissed at a young neighbor who stared at him too long as cats think direct eye contact is a threat. Of course, Sophie the Husky received a fair bit of hissing too.

– Yowling or howling is my courtesy early morning wake-up call at 5am to feed him brekkie.

– Purring or vibrating sound normally means he is contented and welcomes a good head rub and chin scratch. Purring / vibrating is definitely my favorite sound and there are even scientific health benefits. Purr vibrations at 20-140 Hz is known to be therapeutic for many illnesses. This includes lowering stress, decreasing the risk of heart attacks, lowering blood pressure, heals infection, bones, muscles and injuries.

I have heard of stories whereby cats will purr near their sick owners to help them heal. Maybe next time I could cure my headache with a Theodore on my head.

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