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Readers Respond: Why I Consider my Cat a Motor-Mouth

Responses: 61



Meow-Meow does just that ALL the time,but I love it!! it's like he ius telling me all the things that happened when I was at work. I have several cats and he is the only one that talks a lot!! When it's time to get up he wakes me! He is a really great cat.
—Guest Jane

Gingy has to have the last word.

Gingy has to have the last word, always. She talks back to me, then I to her, but she always finishes the conversation. If she is on my lap, and I dare to shift, she lets me hear about it. She has even done that while sound asleep ! Her ideal would be to lie in the lap of a mummy rather than the lap of her mommy. I know her talk for hunger, her demand to be petted when I am on the throne, her request for treats and her telling me when an insect has dared to invade our inner sanctum. Her most pitiful cry is when I am trying to trim her nails. She does it every time; I don't know why; I have never nipped her in the process. I am glad she is verbal, as all my cats have been. What would be more boring than a silent star?
—Guest BJ

Chatty kitties

I have had a few talkers over the years, the chattiest one was my beloved Bruce. He would sit behind me while I was working in the kitchen and carry on a regular conversation with me. He even spoke multi-syllable words and sometimes complete sentences. He could say some things so clear you instantly knew what he wanted. Meowt, mom and milk were the clearest. I have had a few, Clarissa, Shadow and Joey who only talked to me when I was on the phone. Joey especially can be quite annoying because he likes to sit on the back of my chair and talk directly in to my ear/receiver. My mom will even say "Hi Joey" when she hears him. The rest of my little pride (and joys) really only talk when they want something to eat.

Phoebe the Motor-Mouth

My Phoebe, an 18 yr old long-haired, white cat, talks, sings, or yodels the entire time she's awake. It was never a problem until recently, when she started losing her hearing. Now that she can't hear herself, she's "speaking" so loudly that it's driving me nuts - and it's a short drive, I promise! But I love her dearly. And I pity the bus driver & the other riders when I have to take Phoebe to the vet!

Noooooo Meow

My 2yr old black oriental girl talks all day long. Except her meow sounds like she is saying Noooooo or yang - yang! Strang vocabulary I know but it's true! The only time I find it annoying is 3 in the morning when she wants to play fetch with her ball. Her brother max is a 1yr old Siamese boy but he is quiet compared to her!!!!
—Guest Lexi kat

I certainlyconsider MY cat a Motor-Mouth

My rescued shelter cat, Sophie, is a true motor-mouth. We can be in separate rooms, but Sophie just "talks" to no one in particular. Even if I say "hush" she won't until she gets good and ready. I think she must be very insecure as she craves attention with her "caterwauling" and she usually gets it. Being human, I need a bit of silence and time to myself and I really do love her, but I admit to having the wish (at times) to tie Sophie's mouth shut.
—Guest marlborough

Calypso's endless chatter

Calypso, my two year old calico, has a wide assortment of odd and mostly cute sounds that she makes. It's like she's giving a running commentary on her day. "I'm watching birds - ooh, there's a ball, I batted it ... wonder what Coco is doing - Coco, play with me ... mommy, whatcha doin?" She makes odd little "mmrps" and mews and "ar" sounds. The funniest is the sound she makes if I've shut her in a room (which I did a lot in the early days of integrating her with Coco). When I go to let her out she makes a "mrrr mrr mrr" sound that is kind of like a grumpy old man - cracks me up every time

A motor mouth cat

I have seven cats, the oldest is nearly fifteen and the youngest is 14 weeks old. All of them talk to me, but then, I talk to them, too. I have heard that a cat who does not feel safe in their environment will not talk, but those who feel safe, do talk. I have two that were born in the wild, that I tamed. Rachel, my muted calico was about two when I started to tame her, and she is nearing 14 now, but she is quite expressive, especially when I am cooking something she thinks smells good, and she has a particular meow she uses to ask me to "hurry up, please." Ginger is a tortie that freinds found nearly starved and I am sure she had been abused. I adopted her when she was approximately three years old, and the only talking she did at that time were snarls, growls and screams, but she also was afraid of me bending over to pet her, and she frequently cringed if I moved my arms too fast. I have had her about three years now, adn she has become a very expressive cat, in sweet languag

Raleigh the orator

Raleigh (now at the Rainbow Bridge) was always very talkative and very LOUD. She was a Maine Coon mix, but evidently didn't know they were supposed to have quiet, chirping voices. She would talk to me every night when I came home from work - sometimes I swear she was telling me about all the transgressions of her younger sister, and I would say "Coco Bear did WHAT?" in response. As she got seriously geriatric and was on some meds that made her a bit stimulated, it got kind of annoying, but generally I loved it. The funniest was when, in her old age, she would walk right up to the previously feared vacuum cleaner and ROAR at it :-)

motor mouth

My male cat "Willy" loves to jibber-jabber.....he will come into our kitchen and act like a dog begging for food and jibber-jabbers...Also he has a favorite homemade toy that is a long soft rope attached to a stuffed animal and drags it around the house and is very vocal...........
—Guest Betty Potash

Garfield's Momma

My Garfield is a Maine Coon and a real talker. He talks when he wants something and even when he doesn't. He has different sounds for different wants or, in the case of his stuffed red bird, he has a definite different meow when he carries this bird around. I can always tell he has "bird" in his mouth just from his meow. He comes to me when I am on the computer and meows loudly as if to say "get off that thing and play with me." He loves to be on the front porch and will sit in front of the door and meow to be let out. I call him my motor mouth kitty. Sometimes we just chat back and forth and if I meow back to him he meows back to me.

Conversationalist cat!

I've mentioned my awesome cat previously with regards to object permanence. Our Tiger also understood how to have a conversation. Her brother would meow incessantly or interrupt or have no sense of proper timing or conversation etiquette, and he's still like that (similar to some humans, I suppose!). She on the other hand would meow when the human ended his/her spiel and have her say. And it would often go back and forth for quite a while. I wish we had recorded it. She would look directly at you and talk. Literally. Until she was done!
—Guest talkativecatmom


My Blue, is a huge chatterbox. It's meow, meow, meow all the time. I have to say that I do egg him on by talking to back to him. We've had many "conversations!" This is the same kitty who can't stand a closed door and will meow at the front door and open the oven just to see what's on the other side.
—Guest Barb

Motor Mouth

I have 2 cats a 4 and 1/2 year old male and 18 month old female who both talk a lot and meow to get my attention, when I call them its like MEOW really loud then they know where I am in teh house and come running. The male talks & makes alot of sounds and head butts me at the same time. The little 7lb female starting crying at the male when she wants to play with him. She was a stray that my husband was feeding at his job and decided to bring home after a year (he thought she was a boy) but turned out to be female and is the most loving cat.
—Guest Ginnz

Vocal cats

Of course, our cat talk all the time. They're Siamese, a very mouthy breed. They have an opinion about everything. It's one of the many things we love about them!

O is my motor mouth

I never had a cat that talked as much as O. He has actually quieted down a little as the years have gone on, but he still talks about 1/3 of his waking life. I used to come home from work and hear ALLLL about his night, and then, because his sister was pretty much silent, he would tell me ALLLL about her night, and then because he is a sweet potato, he would forget that he already told me about his night and do it all again. He has the "Lost Soul In The Wilderness(tm Yez)" cry, and the chatty talk, and the murmurs and just everything has to have a sound associated with it. There are a number of reasons I think he has some Oriental in him somewhere, and this is not the least of those.

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