From the article: Cat Talk: Cat Language Explained
Do you have a motor-mouth cat? Does your cat meow, chirp, mew, or howl constantly? Is she a chatty catty all day long, except when she's asleep? Does it bother you, or do you enjoy chatting with your verbose cat? Share your story about your motor-mouth cat with other readers, by filling out this easy form. Talk About Your Cat
Opinionated, not chatty
- I've had two cats who were talkers. Vespa (so named because as a kitten she had worms and was our little scooter) was quite opinionated and it was her duty to tell us everything we were doing wrong. On the other hand, Watcher, is simply chatty. I raised him from a feral kitten and he thinks I'm his mother. So I get a lot of mom-talk. "The other cats beat me up, the teacher gave me too much homework, Frodo is ugly and I'm hungry, can I sleep in your bed tonight." You know - all the necessary information. I adore my talkers. They are making an effort to move into my world, where talk is so important, and I appreciate their efforts. Unless it's the middle of the night - I don't *care* if your brother is touching you, go to sleep.
- Poppy was an abused baby. When we brought her home she was very withdrawn and 6 years later, still has a fear of anyone under 8 years old. She Loves "Dad" and he is her "waiting on hand and foot" companion.Outside?Wails till he comes in,then he needs to sit down in an easy chair, she goes up on the back and massages His bald head as she chatters to him about her day. Want to go for a walk? Go to the kitty drawer and sit and meow till he get the harness so they can go outside. Food bowl low? I get the call then, a so soft,little chortle noise. With 3 sisters, she has to be first one on the bed to get her favorite spot.She is very verbal when she hears the doorbell,and will hide till she knows for sure who is there.Window seats in the sunroom allow her to scold the squirrels, talk to the birds, and visit with the outdoor cats who drop by to see her. Occasionally We can sit in on some of the stories they are sharing about life.. We can learn a lot when we learn to listen.
- —Guest Deedee4
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
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.
Yak Yak Cat
- Yep - I can relate to the term "motor-mouth" because my cat Sam is a borderline big talker. I've had many cats in my years but he's the chattiest. I don't mind though - he has so many ways of communicating and I've learned precisely what he means when he "tells" me something. He finds me wherever I am in the house to let me know he's used his litter box (very fastidious boy that he is) so I can clean it out....he tells me if his kibble is getting low....he tells me it's time to sit down so he can hop on my lap....each of his expressions is a different "word" so I know what he wants each time. It's great. My favorite thing is when he says "MAMAMAMA" as he looks into my eyes. I don't find it annoying that he tells me everything - I think he's done a marvelous job of training me! Pam (Mom of Sammy)
- —Guest MomofSammy
- Littlebit is a "tortie. I found her she was about 5 wks old, fed her with a baby bottle and was her "Mommy". When I come in from work she tells me about her day, when I go to take a bath she comes with me, sits by the tub and we have a conversation, she rolls over, lets me rub her belly and when I ask if she missed me she does this cute little meowmeow, double syllable. She lets me know when she wants her "crunchy treat". I ask if she wants chicken she goes a little verbal, meowing very loudly. I ask if she would like some milk and I can swear she meows, meeeelllk. She is my baby and started sleeping at the foot of our bed, she is now six years old. She was shy and still runs when someone she does not know comes in. Now there is nothing shy about her, when I walk through the house into her room, she stands on her tip-toes and makes this rowwrrr rowwr noise like she is gonna eat me up. She gives my husband and I a lot of laughs. We could not do without her.
- —Guest Vicky
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!
- 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.
Bebe Loves to Yowl
- My beloved Maine Coon Bebe talks non-stop, unless he is getting huggles. He seems to shout "nooooo" and "yeaaaaaah" and "moooooom". Drives me crazy but he is too adorable to be annoyed with for long.
- —Guest Clarissa
- I have a Maine Coon who talks all day and night. She'll meow if she's looking out the window at stray kitties, birds, squirrels, and sometimes people walking by. But when she's talking to me, she makes a "prrp!" noise. She has the same routine every night where she will say,"prrp! prrp!" , jump up on my bed and lay down. If I move around she'll say a short "prrp" and then go lay down on the floor by the heating vent. When I wake up she's always on the floor by the heating vent and once she sees that I'm up, she starts the "prrp! prrp!" again. She says that all day. Whenever I talk to her she always has to have the last word. It's funny.
- —Guest owned by Snickers
"No I Havent'" ... Just to clarify
- of course, when I said she responds to sentences (...) I didn't mean she actually SPEAKS human languages :-) Another quite complex vocalisation. She was hiding in the back patch (no "gardens" round here) under the earth sieve hoping to see some of her "birdie friends" for their afternoon dust bath. Had hidden so well I missed her 4 times. At last I saw her and she saw me and came out with an extended multi syllable mew which could well have been, given the context, something like, "why do you keep giving me away when I'm hiding". It was actually quite a long speech given the context. Sorry for the earlier ambiguity!
- —Guest Rubia
No I Haven't
- We fed Ruby (rescued longhair "half" siamese kitten from the street, now she's 3 and very strongly integrated -- the other day while having lunch, she finished her fish first and then jumped on a chair having smelt fried egg. When I told her, "Ruby, you've just HAD your lunch!" she responded with a four syllable meow that was just about identical with, "No I haven't". She understands and responds to quite complex sentences in both Spanish and English. Ruby lives in Peru.
- —Guest Rubia
hes a howlin maniac
- my beautiful 14yr. Bengal really howls. sounds like hes saying ow at least 15 times consecutively. what is this!!
- —Guest bea
- We adopted Lily from the rspca 5 months ago, she is now 8 months old and a big talker. if theres something in her litter tray she lets you know about it until its gone. I've treated her like a baby and often she lays in my arms like one unfussed and she will often falls asleep and purrs. She talks and calls all over the house, you yell out to her and she replies. The dog is her bestfriend. They chase eachother up the hallway, sleep next to eachother and play. i love her but sometimes id love some quiet time!
- —Guest Lil's mum
- My beautiful Frisk loves when I'm home. She gives me a running commentary of her day. She purrs, calls me with her soft meows,she makes a rolling- of -the -tongue sound to get my attention, she would do the figure 8 on either of my legs, jump on my bed while I'm on it come so close to my face (as to almost 'kiss' me) soft meow some more, roll on her back for me to rub her tummy, follow me...to the bath room,purr and meow some more. when I finish my shower and pull the curtain back she would look at me and softly meow again ! then come and lick my wet feet :D...THEN 'CHAT' EVEN MORE ! :D she woke me up very early one morning...licking my hand :D and meowing at the same time :D yes my Frisk is a chatterbox who craves my attention when I get home from work :D and I give her my attention...most of the time :D
- —Guest olivia
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