How Do Cats Talk?

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How Do Cats Talk?
How Do Cats Talk?

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Like humans, cats are personalities and often offer individual powers of expression. It would take a whole separate book to describe the sounds they make, so we will only mention the most important and most frequently repeated characteristics of their huge vocabulary.

A serious obstacle in describing feline language is an attempt to characterize the nuances of the sound emitted in different situations. If you are seriously interested in researching this topic, the best way is to keep your own magnetic records and compare them with the description below. But if you do not need these extra hassles, then by carefully reading the descriptions, and then listening and watching your cat, you will quickly understand most of its language and will be able to conduct a full-fledged dialogue with it. Over the past ten years, animal psychology scientists have made thousands of hours of magnetic recordings analyzing and interpreting the language of cats. The most detailed analysis was provided by Dr. Mildren Moelk, a distinguished American researcher based in Rochester, New York, who spent many years,watching and recording hundreds of cats. Her work shows that cats reproduce sounds in the same way we do, by passing air from their lungs through two fibrous, elastic vocal cords located in the larynx. However, unlike humans, a cat does not use the tip of its tongue to shape these sounds, but instead creates thirteen distinct vowels by altering muscle tension in the mouth, throat, lips and nasal sinuses. The cat also emits from seven to eight consonants - it does this by opening and closing its mouth, changing its shape, and, in a variety of ways, in order to change the resonance.unlike humans, a cat does not use the tip of its tongue to shape these sounds, but instead creates thirteen distinct vowels by altering muscle tension in the mouth, throat, lips, and nasal sinuses. The cat also emits from seven to eight consonants - it does this by opening and closing its mouth, changing its shape, and, in a variety of ways, in order to change the resonance.unlike humans, a cat does not use the tip of its tongue to shape these sounds, but instead creates thirteen distinct vowels by altering muscle tension in the mouth, throat, lips, and nasal sinuses. The cat also emits from seven to eight consonants - it does this by opening and closing its mouth, changing its shape, and, in a variety of ways, in order to change the resonance.

Ragdoll, photo of a cat
Ragdoll, photo of a cat

Dr. Moelk identified three main groups of sounds emitted by cats:

- purring - made with the mouth closed

- calls - at first the mouth opens, but then slowly closes as the sound is made;

- screams - the mouth remains tense and is open all the time.

People must pronounce sounds consistently to ensure proper expression in that particular language. Cats are free to combine vowels and consonants in a more free, arbitrary form - a fact that allows them to use a much wider range of sounds in conversation than in human speech. Moreover, no matter what conditions the cat lives in - in luxury or struggling to survive on the street - they all have a common language and they are explained in it in the same way. Let's try to explore this language in more detail, starting with the first category of sounds according to Dr. Moelk's classification.

Mingling:

Rumbling: Cats make this distinctive sound by vibrating two folds of mucous membrane known as “false vocal cords” located in the lower part of the larynx.

Cat owners tend to believe that purring (or rumbling) is a sure sign that the cat is happy. While this is usually true, there may be situations in which such an interpretation would be incorrect. In addition, such a general interpretation neglects the nuances of sound, which can tell the owner of the cat a lot.

Listen carefully and you will soon realize that rumbling is not one sound, but a combination of several sounds, varying in frequency and intensity. By making these subtle changes, the cat is able to express a wide range of feelings.

Rough rumbling: the “rougher” rumbling, the more distinct the sounds become in each beat, which means that the Cat's pleasure has reached its maximum value. In the language of the animal, this means: "I love you, I love you, please do what you did before …"

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