Meow. Whether she’s asking for food or attention, your cat can be very demanding and persuasive with just one sound. Interestingly, cats only use that sound with humans. Kittens meow at their mothers if they’re cold or hungry, but once they reach adulthood, cats don’t meow at each other.
Have you deciphered your cat’s meows? Here’s a guide.
Why your cat meows
To greet you
Your cat may greet you with a meow when you arrive home or even when you speak to her.
To get your attention
Cats are generally social animals and will expect a certain amount of attention from you. A meow in this case may mean she wants you to pet her, play with her or talk to her.
To be let in or out
A meow is her way of requesting (or demanding!) something. If she meows at the door, it’s a sure sign she wants to be let in or out.
To ask for food
Cats can get quite vocal at meal time! Besides meowing at her regular meal time, she might also meow when you’re in the kitchen, just in case you’re willing to feed her again.
To express anxiety
Some cats meow when they’re anxious during a thunderstorm, for example, or when they’re alone.
Does your cat meow too much? If she’s being more vocal than normal, take her to the vet. There are various medical conditions that may make her more hungry, thirsty or restless than usual.
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