The Different Cat Sounds And What They Mean

Cat Sounds

Each household can have its own dictionary of cat sounds. That is, each cat can use different sounds to get what they want.

Are you able to understand your cat? The cat language presents a wide range of meowing and vocalizations, there are many signs that can give you clues about what your companion thinks and his mood! You will be able to guess the mood of your cat from his body language, facial expressions, meowing and movements of his tail.

Cats have a wide range of basic emotions: they are happy, sad, scared, relieved and even frustrated, like human beings! The key to a good relationship with your cat is to learn to recognize these emotions.

Cat Sounds And What They Mean

The meows

Perhaps the most commonly heard cat sounds. It is common that the cat only meows to communicate with humans. However, what is certain is that your cat is intelligent, and has, over the domestication years, learned to communicate with humans. Therefore, the meows have “developed” and it has become an important communication tool.

He doesn’t meow systematically to ask you something. Sometimes, the cat will just express a state, a joy, boredom, for himself!

Therefore, the meows can express a simple affection mark, a request, or a pleasant or unpleasant state.

Long meows can express a complaint, deep boredom, a pain.

The Growl

This is among the angry cat sounds out there! If your cat growls a lot, especially in front of another cat, don’t try to interpose, it would be the best way to take a claw! Let him (them) manage!

The growl means “don’t approach me”, and not necessarily “grrr I’m going to bite you!


Contrary to what many people think, a screaming cat is not necessarily naughty or aggressive. The cat screams especially when something is not right, but sometimes it can come from an instinct of aggression. To stop the screams of a cat, you must first understand what is bothering him before looking for solutions.

The chattering

Generally happens when your cat chatter her teeth while longingly staring out the window and her attention is completely focused on a bird or squirrel in a tree, that they can’t reach.

The cat becomes riveted to the bird. After just a minute, the cat will then start to tweet and chatter, its mouth moving in sync with the bird’s beak.


Perhaps the most enjoyable and hypnotic of cat sounds. Purring expresses both well-being and a malaise. Indeed the purr emits vibrations that are soothing.

It happens that a cat purrs for pleasure, but also because he suffers, or because he is stressed. If your cat purrs when he is on your lap and suddenly he bites you, it’s because his purr did not express well-being, but rather meant “please stop!”