PETS: Why Some Cats Meow So Quietly
Cats may meow when they are hungry, when they want to be let outside, and when they are playing. Cats meow for all sorts of reasons and usually their meows are fairly loud!
But what if your cat barely ever meows or when they do meow, it comes out almost as a whisper?
Well, that may just mean your cat has a quiet personality or that they're a cat breed that just tends to meow quieter than others.
For instance, Persians and Chartreux are known to have extremely soft voices. Their meows can barely be heard. On the other hand, Siamese and Oriental-type breeds are very vocal. Their meows can be heard from far away and sometimes it seems like they don’t ever stop!
There are five major types of cat meows:
1. Murmur Pattern Meows. This sort of meow happens when your cat purrs or trills. Purring normally expresses that your cat is happy or pleased.
2. Vowel Pattern Meows. This is when cats meows sound like a vowel, such as a, e, i, o, u and sometimes y. For example, they may make a “meeeee” sound. Cats can always produce dipthongs: when they slide from one vowel to another. This could sound like an “Meeeeoooow.”
3. Articulated Pattern Meows. These sound like a chirp, almost like that of a bird. Sometimes when a cats use this kind of meow, they may be expressing their frustration about something.
4. Strained Intensity Pattern Meows. These include hisses or growls. Cats normally use these when they are warning you about something. One example I can think of is when my parent’s cat hisses at their dog. He likes to get very close to her sometimes and she does not like that. So with her growl or hiss, she’s warning him not to come any closer.
5. Silent Meows. Sometimes cats may meow so subtly, that they are barely heard. Or, the frequency of their voice is so high, we as humans cannot hear it! Hence the name "silent meow."