Body Language & Vocalisation

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why Do Cats Meow?
Cats meow to communicate with humans. Cat to cat communication is done mostlythrough scent and body language with very little vocalisation. Your catquickly learns of your inability to communicate like this and develops hermeowing sounds specifically for you.
Some common cat meows
  • Short Meow - greeting - "hello!"
  • Multiple Meows - Excited story telling - "Hey! while you've been gone, I've been..."
  • Low Pitch Meows - complaint - "It's past dinner time and I've still not been fed"
  • Mid Pitch Meows - request - "Please Feed Me"
  • High Pitch Meows - Pain - "Ouch"
  • Drawn out Meows - demand - "OH!! Feed Me Now!!"
How does a cat purr?
Basically, nobody's entirely sure. The problem is that scientists have a hardtime making a cat purr while it has a camera down its throat, which isunderstandable really. There aretwo theories though...
  1. Blood passes through the large veins in the cat's chest cavity causing a vibration which is amplified by the diaphragm. It then passes up the windpipe and into the sinus cavities of the skull.
  2. Vibration of the larynx that resonates down to the windpipe and into the diaphragm.
Why do cats purr?
Most of the time cats purr when they are happy, however it's not uncommon for cats to purr whenfrightened or in pain. There's no definitive answer yet as to why cats purr, however it's generally thought that the purr of a cat may be beneficial to it's [and possibly your] health. Interestingly cats purr at around 25-150 hertz. and it's been claimed that sounds in this frequency range can stimulate bone growth and health. It's also thought that purring may release endorphins in the brain [or vice versa], these are natures own pain killers and are known to be released in humans in times of pain and pleasure.
Why doesn't my cat purr?
Since we don't know exactly how a cat purrs, we can't be entirely sure. It maybe due to a birth defect in the organs thatcats use to purr? Personally, we thought Dylan, one of our bengal cats, had"lost it's purr" until one day while she was on my lap, being petted, I couldfeel the vibrations of her purring on my legs. I suppose it's possible thatsince cats have better hearing than humans, they're simply purring outside ourhearing range.
Cat Tail Quivering and Twitching
When your cats tail twitches or vibrates rapidly it can be an affectionate wayof kitty sayinghello.
Tail wagging or swishing
This is a sign that kitty's getting angry
Tail Fluffed Up
Kitties trying to intimidate an opponent. Before cats fight they try andintimidate their opponent by making themselves look as big as possible.
Why are cats attracted to people who don't like cats?
In the cats world, if they don't appreciate the presence of another cat they'll"stare them out", slowly advance towards them and generally try and intimidatethem. Kitty then knows that to come any closer could provoke a fight. Peoplewho don't like cats generally do the exact opposite. They'll ignore them, backaway and try not to look at them in case it encourages them to come over. Catsinterpret this human body language as an invitation to approach and have asniff of all those new and interesting smells.

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