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Talking cat

My Manx Snow Bear wakes me up at odd hours with things of great importance to tell me. He has done this since he was a tiny kitten. IN fact one of his nicknames is "Mrrp" because that's his big word.
—Guest Manxlover

Our alarm clock

Our 14 year old calico Sadie is our alarm clock. She decides when we should get up to turn the faucet on in the bathroom sink so she can get a drink. The only problem is she thinks 4 am is when we should get up. She also yowls when she wakes up from a nap and thinks she is alone.
—Guest Betty

I love this topic

I have already "complained" about my vocals and just wanted to say I love this topic.
—Guest dano

my cat talks continuously!!!

my cat always talks to me, when ever I come around...I used to think she was hungry all of the time!
—Guest lillian hall

Motor Mouth Cat

Onyx drives me crazy with his yowling. The only time I get any peace is if he is sleeping. He's got siamese in him so it isn't quiet mews... it's loud tom-cat like yowls. He will make different sounds depending on what he wants. Usually he just wants my attention. He has something to say about everything.
—Guest JoAnn


I operate a tiny private cat rescue. I have 4 motor-mouths out of 25 cats. The only one that continues to annoy me is a beautiful dilute red tabby male who "whines" a lot...but probably would be better if he had more attention. I have three others that "talk" a lot, but they are not insistent (except one who becomes insistent when the water bowl or food bowl is empty, or something else is wrong). One who was a feral kitten was almost totally silent for her first few months with me, but now mumbles and chirps in a tiny voice about everything she's doing - it's incredibly sweet, and so soft you can ignore it any time you want. Another female will continue a conversation with me for a long time, and has different inflections - like "pity me" when she's hungry, or "I'm happy today."
—Guest katmo


CeCe is one of many cats. She hides under the bed or sofa most or the time. When she comes out she constantly "talks" She doesn't sound distressed. I love her lots when she comes out.
—Guest Priscilla

My Motor Mouth Cat

My cat, Rudy, has been a motor mouth since he was adopted by me at age 6 weeks old. He has no history of abuse or tramatic problems. He just started to meow when he wanted me to lay on my bed with him or to go to the "potty" to be with him. At that time, I did not know that I was being twisted around his little paws. Now at age 18 years, his mouth is continous in motion for whatever reason. He is just annoying me and he knows it. If I ignore him, he meows louder as if he is yelling at me. All I do is yell, "Son, get in your safe place and don't come out until you stop talking. He has not complied yet, but he does get on the couch and puts his face to the back of the couch and "whispers" a complaint to me that he wants to talk. He does meow for up to five minutes at a time. When he is sleeping, I miss the noise; it reminds me of my two sons when they were little and constantly making noise and being told to stop making noise. God love noisy kids and cats. I love them also.
—Guest Marionetta

She almost talks in real words

My little Phoebe, a 2-year-old calico who we rescued when a neighbor abandoned her, doesn't talk all the time, but when she does sometimes you could swear she's speaking in words. One day she was getting into some mischief--she's real good at that--and my husband said to her "You're a bad girl, Phoebe!" and she answered him plain as day "No, I'm not!" We're trying to teach her to say "I love you" next!


I had an extremely shy cat for 18 years. As she aged, she began talking a lot, directly AT me, as if something was wrong. She seemed fine otherwise. Had her checked, she was hyperthyroid. Please catch this condition in its early stage. We now have another cat with hyperthyroid, but since we recognized the signs, we got his treatment early enough to help much more. Watch for weight loss, ravenous appetite. God bless you and your baby.


I have Clack as in CLAAAAAAAAK!!!and his son my little complainer Little CLAAAAAAAK!!. I know when someones feeling bad when there is NO complaining.
—Guest dan

The meowwwweerr

I have a Maine Coon named Harry. I got him from a Humane Society. They told me that he had been returned 3 times because he meowed to get let outside. This what first caught my attention. Harry was laying in his cage, in his litter box. As I past by he stuck a paw out and preceded to meow me a song. I took him out of the cage and we went into a visitation room. Harry was a real sweetheart and needless to say I adopted him. That was in 2001, and he still roams around the house meowing. His meowing gets deeper and longer at night. I will wake up and call to him and he comes and jumps on the bed with me, he settles in for the night. Harry will talk to you too when he thinks it is time to give him treats, he is very presistant and will even stand on his hind legs and meow and point to the cupboard where I keep the snacks. I say what a little conversation between family no matter the time of day or night. Give your motor-mouth a big hug and kiss.
—Guest Cindy

It's time for food!

Our cat, Shibby (see the movie, "Dude, Where's my Car" where everything cool was called shibby) likes to meow when he's ready for food. And all the while I or my son are readying his food (Shibby is on a few meds) he meows. At first they are long and drawn out to get our attention and sound as though he is in pain. Then, while preparing the food, the meows get shorter and shorter, and when we start to deliver the food to his tray, then we get a very short chirp, which sounds like, "Finally!" and he runs ahead of us to wait until we put it down. During the prep time, I chat with Shibby, saying things like, "I know you are ready," or "Hold on, it's coming." Once, I knew my son had already fed him, but Shibby was still acting like it was time for food. I told Shibby very directly, "I know you have already been fed. So, don't ask any more," and he went away and didn't bother me!
—Guest Deb

Motor-mouth cat

While he doesn't mew constant, my Max is very verbal. His vocabulary is large, with many different chirps and mews. Whiant is his favorite. That's as close as I can come to spelling the usual sound he makes when I come home. He always greets me at the door with much yakking.
—Guest vcrawford


Gracie is part Siamese and her voice is loud. If she is not getting what she thinks she needs, i.e. toy, played with, fishing pole out to play, and so forth, she meows. Other times, when she thinks I am not giving her enough attention, she sits and chirps at me. When she thinks I have had enough sleep for one night she puts her face next to mine and does her little chirp until I wake up. I love hearing her voice constantly. I live alone and so I talk to her a lot and I guess she is just returning the favor. Anyway, we're a good match. I have another cat, Satin, that meows so quietly it is barely audible. Gracie makes up for the two of them. When Satin wants something she "noses" my arm until I get up and follow her. I rarely "hear" her. I love them both and they are very different personalities.
—Guest Millie

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