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Wed Jun 16, 2021, 01:49 PM

Is this true ?

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left-of-center2012 Jun 16 OP
Ocelot II Jun 16 #1
Rorey Jun 16 #4
ZenDem Jun 16 #2
Rorey Jun 16 #5
Freddie Jun 16 #3
getagrip_already Jun 16 #6
Phoenix61 Jun 16 #7
PoindexterOglethorpe Jun 16 #8
Midnight Writer Jun 16 #9

Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Wed Jun 16, 2021, 01:53 PM

1. Partly true, at least. Cats meow at humans and to their kittens,

but not to other cats. The reason why might be because they are trying to communicate with humans as they would with a kitten, or it may be as simple as because cats quickly learn that meowing is how they get people to do what they want.

https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/cat-care/common-cat-behavior-issues/meowing-and-yowling
https://sciencenorway.no/animal-kingdom-communication/your-cat-meows-mostly-for-you/1578244

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Response to Ocelot II (Reply #1)

Wed Jun 16, 2021, 02:07 PM

4. Mine does meow at her kittens

Her kittens are a little over three years old, and she still meows at them to notify them that she has procured a tasty meal of bird, mouse or lizard. Well, the lizard is just a "fake meal" because they don't eat them, and hardly ever kill them.

I guess I never really realized that I've never noticed them meowing at each other. The mom is always nagging me for something, and it really gets on my nerves, but not nearly as much as that leg rubbing thing.

This morning my neighbor and I were chatting outside and the mama cat even rubbed on her legs. My neighbor thought it was great because she had been trying to get her to be friendly toward her for years, but I bet when she later discovered the cat hair on her pants she wasn't so impressed.

I don't think I've ever heard the dilute tortie "kitten" meow. She'll walk through the room several times and then stop and stare at me when she wants food, but she's very feral so she doesn't want to chat.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Wed Jun 16, 2021, 01:57 PM

2. That's what I've heard, but...

...my big dumb orange cat meows at his much more intelligent and demure tortie big sister occasionally. She just looks at him like he's an idiot.

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Response to ZenDem (Reply #2)

Wed Jun 16, 2021, 02:11 PM

5. One of mine is also not extremely smart

I had a cat door installed in my garage window a year ago, and I'm not sure she's figured it out yet. The others know it's there, so one would think she'd see them using it.

She's very cute, but just not very smart.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Wed Jun 16, 2021, 02:03 PM

3. I've heard the same

My Charlie talks to me all the time, just little meows when he wants a pet or just when he sees me. The late Freddie (my DU alias) was the most silent cat Iíve ever known. Purred up a storm but NEVER meowed.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Wed Jun 16, 2021, 02:14 PM

6. my two cats absolutely meow to each other......

Usually it's "where are you?". One will meow with no human near, and the other will respond from another room and they will get together.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Wed Jun 16, 2021, 02:25 PM

7. True.

I rescued a 6 month old feral. It took him years to learn, from my other cats, to meow. I thought it was cool at first now itís like, ďFor the love of god, shut up!!!Ē

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Wed Jun 16, 2021, 02:39 PM

8. They are definitely not mimicking what we sound like to them,

although most humans also meow at their cats.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Wed Jun 16, 2021, 03:52 PM

9. My indoors cat has made an outdoors friend.

The other cat comes close to the house in the evening and meows softly until my cat goes to the window and looks out.

Then they sit there, sometimes for hours, staring at each other. During this time, I have not heard either cat make a sound.

I assume the outdoor cat is meowing to "call" and thus communicate with my cat.

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