June 03, 2022 — Andreea Cristina Stochita

Do you speak MEOW? A guide to understanding feline language 


When it comes down to the eternal fight between cats versus dogs, people are generally quick to judge that if you want an emotionless pet, just go for a cat. But that’s a rather BIG mistake. Indeed, cats are very different from other animals - did you know that they do not have the same level of facial expression as dogs? Their attitudes can be more difficult to decipher, but that doesn't make the feline persona incomprehensible or not caring for its owner. 

A kitten’s body position, vocalizations and everyday activities can reveal a whole lot of information and allow you to better understand them. So, ready to become fluent in MEOW?



Understanding your cat’s vocals might be tricky, but it is not impossible. If you pay attention to your cat’s vocals and actions together, you will learn whether your feline is hungry, tired, hurt, needs affection or love from you.


Did you know that it was only used to communicate with humans (should I say hoomans)? Probably the most common cat sound there is. Your cat can do this for greeting, commanding, protesting or asking something - it all ties in with the situation and her behavior. Sometimes, when wandering through the house, they even meow just for the fun of it. And frankly, we get that!


Chirps & Trills

These are 2 vocals that Mother-Cats use to let their kittens know to follow them around. So, if your cat is single and making these sounds, she most probably wants you to follow her around. 



Here’s an easy one! Everyone knows that a purring cat is a happy cat. However, a little heads-up, sometimes, cats can purr indicating they are feeling ill or nervous - just like babies or small children do. It’s all about connecting the sounds to the behavior.


Growling, Hissing and Spitting

Disclaimer: this is rarely something good. These are all sounds indicating a cat is angry, frightened or currently experiencing an aggressive state. It best for your feline, and yourself to avoid getting close to her in this situation. 


Yowl or Howl

These particular sounds indicate your cat is in some sort of discomfort, is trapped or needs your help.

On the other hand, these are also common sexual noises cats use during mating season so there, no particular need to worry - just prepare to have a house full of kittens!


Chattering, Chittering or Twittering

What sort of sounds are these now you might be asking?! Well pleasant ones, when feeling in a state of comfort, relaxation or excitement  this is when your cat will use them to communicate.


See, that wasn’t so hard! Now go and have that conversation with your cat and see what she’s up to.