Language barrier is a communication challenge that takes some work to overcome. The challenge has proven hard between people of different nationalities, and much much more difficult between creatures of different species, i.e. humans and cats. Difficult, but not at all impossible. There are different ways through which a cat communicates its feelings, such as by purring and meowing. As a cat owner, you probably have, at more than one point, tried to guess what your cat has been trying to tell you, and that can be frustrating. No more guessing from this point forward, here is how to understand the 11 common sounds that a cat makes.
A cat’s meow is a lot like a lady’s “yes/no/fine” – it can mean many different things. In some cases, cats just meow to themselves, probably the feline counterpart of thinking out loud. To understand a cat’s meow, you have to watch out for its pitch and length. A short meow is a simple greeting, pretty much how we say hello when we see a friend. Multiple meows convey happiness, and are actually a cat’s attempt to chat with you. A mid-pitch meow means your pet is trying to get you to do a favor, such as to feed it, play with it, or to let it out. The next time you hear your cat meow, don’t just meow back; listen and understand so you know how to respond to it.