Do you have a talkative kitty? Some of our feline friends are very vocal! Cats rarely meow at one another, but usually only talk to their owners. Just like people, some cats are quite chatty, while others are more reserved. A Scottsdale, AZ vet lists some possible reasons for Fluffy’s penchant for conversation below.
Some breeds are more talkative than others. At the chatty end of the spectrum, we have Siamese kitties. These furry little singers often sound like human babies! The Cornish Rex, Sphynx, and Laperm are also chatty breeds. Some quieter breeds include the Abyssinian and American Shorthair. And then, of course, there are lots of kitties in between!
Cats know we have a hard time resisting a plaintive meow, especially when it’s combined with an innocent expression. If Fluffy meows at you, then immediately starts purring when you pet her or pick her up, you may just have an attention-hungry little cuddlebug on your hands.
Sometimes cats will meow when they are sick or in pain. A quiet cat that starts meowing loudly could be ill. If your kitty’s vocalization patterns have changed, contact your vet.
Kitties are definitely not shy when it comes to asking for dinner. Fluffy may very well have you trained to feed her on command!
As cats age, they often experience a decline in their mental capacity. Your senior kitty may become confused or frightened, and may meow to show her distress. Just to be safe, have your vet examine her to rule out any medical issues.
Cats are always monitoring their kingdoms. Fluffy may meow to let you know that there’s a squirrel in the yard or a moth in the bathroom.
Cats often meow when scared, anxious, or in distress. Fluffy might meow if she got locked in a closet or pushed her favorite toy under the couch. She also could meow to protest taking a car ride or getting a bath, or as a response to something more serious. Even pampered housecats have problems!
Some cats just enjoy conversation. Your furry little chatterbox may be telling you about her day, or reprimanding you for letting your friend’s dog come to visit. Try meowing back, and see what your furball does.
Please contact us, your local Scottsdale, AZ vet clinic, for all of your chatty cat’s veterinary care needs.