Although animals may not be able to use words to communicate, as we can, they are very good at using sound and body language to let us and other animals know what they are thinking. Cats’ communication consists of a mixture of sound and physical signals, each with its own distinct meaning.
Understanding what your cat is trying to tell you is really important and can help strengthen the bond between you and your pet. Let’s look at the different sounds your cat can make and what they all mean.
Cats’ communication: hissing, spitting and other sounds
Cats, like most animals, can use both sound and body language to communicate. It is important to remember that our cats, just like us, have needs and feelings that they need to convey to those around them.
Your pet will use different sounds and signals when it wants to tell you something. Understanding what your cat is trying to tell you will improve your relationship and create a closer bond between you and your pet.
Cats communication: different sounds
Cats can make a variety of sounds, including:
Spinning is one of the most common sounds your cat will make. The deep, humming sound is usually used to communicate feelings of happiness and satisfaction. Some cats have very loud spinning sounds, while others are barely audible.
Spinning is something that cats learn from a very young age. In fact, kittens can spin when they are only a few days old, making it one of the earliest forms of communication between mother and kitten.
Groaning, hissing and spitting
- Growling and hissing: when a cat does this, it is a clear sign that it is extremely dissatisfied and may even attack.
- Wheezing: This normally occurs when a cat is angry or defensive. It’s their way of telling you to leave them alone.
- Spitting : Cats will usually spit when they feel threatened. Although it sounds a bit like a hiss, the spitting is stronger and more explosive.
Of course, one of the most well-known forms of cat communication is a classic “meow”.
Cats normally moan because they want something, such as food or water. This can be a long, elongated jam or a shorter “meow”. In some cases, however, short, repetitive jams may indicate pain.
Other forms of cat communication
As we mentioned at the beginning of this article, cats do not just use sound to communicate. They also have several other methods at their disposal, which we tell you more about in this section.
- Body language: your cat’s body language can tell a lot about what it feels and thinks. For example, a pair of ears that protrude straight up say that your cat is alert and curious, while ears that lie flat against the head are a sign of fear or anger. If the fur along the back is on end, it means that your cat feels scared or threatened.
- The tail: a cat’s tail can tell many things. A tail that is held high is a sign that the cat is well and has good self-confidence, while a waving tail is a sign of irritation. Bending the tail under the body is a sign of fear or submission.
As you can see, your cat has many ways to communicate with you. Understanding these signs and signals is the key to a good relationship with your cat lover.
Learn what all these sounds and signals mean and try to keep an eye on them in your cat. With a little time and effort, you will soon have no problem understanding exactly what your pet is trying to tell you.