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  • Hello, I'm Simon - welcome to Simon's Cat Logic, we'll be finding out from a cat

  • expert why cats behave the way they do, and today we're finding out about 'Cat Sounds'

  • Well, of course all cats have their own personalities and I know with my

  • cats it's the sounds they make, which really helps define them from each other.

  • Well, I think the most vocal one of all of my cats has to be big fluffy

  • Teddy, he's such a loving cat that when he comes into the room

  • he lets you know the great big chirp, his tail's in the air, he's happy and he loves

  • to purr and puggle and he will meow all all the time for food!

  • In contrast to Teddy, I have Maisy, big Maisy, and she was a

  • rescue cat, so when she was a tiny kitten, she spent the first eight months on the

  • streets, so she didn't really learn to meow, because she was living with other cats

  • and as a consequence, she doesn't really meow, so she's very quiet and she'll go

  • make a little tiny noise, instead of a meow but she's a very affectionate cat

  • she purrs for England, so she makes up for not having a voice by purring as

  • [Meoooooooow]

  • Meowing is not actually a natural behaviour for cats, out in the wild they wouldn't be

  • communicating with one another through vocal communication, and it's the same

  • for feral colonies, when cats are communicating with each other they

  • actually prefer to use scent communication primarily, but they'll also

  • rely on facial expression and body language as well. But, with our pet cats

  • they tend to be quite chatty. What's really interesting is that this is a

  • communication form that builds up over time with owners and their cats. The cat

  • will develop specific meows depending on how their owner responds.

  • So if a cat does meow for example, to say open the door and the owner does this, then that

  • cat will learn that that's going to get the response it wants, and it's more likely

  • to do that particular type of meow next time. This is very much a learnt behaviour

  • with people, so if you're a chatty owner you may well find you have a chatty cat.

  • When a cat growls at you it's usually because they feel threatened in some way.

  • Essentially what the cat is saying is stay back, because I will strike or

  • attack if you come any closer. Growling is quite a distinct sound and

  • other animals that are much larger use low-pitched sounds, when they're being

  • threatening. So cats may be using the growl, to be more intimidating to other

  • cats in order to get them to back off. Cats are often heard growling around

  • food, either to tell humans or other cats to stay away, this is a

  • perfectly natural behaviour because out in the wild, they're solitary animals

  • and they wouldn't be sharing their food with others.

  • A cat may hiss for a variety of reasons, whether it's because they're

  • poorly socialised or they've learned a negative association with something

  • that we are unaware of. Cats that are hissing or spitting are very likely to scratch

  • or bite and that's why it's very wise to leave them alone when they're showing

  • these behaviours. If it's uncharacteristic for your cat to hiss, then certainly the

  • first thing we recommend, is getting the health checked by the vet, because it may

  • be they have an underlying medical problems such as being in pain for

  • example and it's crucial to get this ruled out first.

  • Purring is one of those sounds that we're all familiar, with generally

  • speaking it's when cats are being nice and content, this is a behaviour that

  • kittens can show just after they've been born, it's a form of communication with

  • their mother that all as well. The mother will also purr back say that all is well

  • her end too. Cats will generally purr when they're stretched out in the sun

  • or lying on your lap. But there are other types of purr, there is another type of

  • purr called the solicitation purr, this sounds more urgent to the owner and they

  • often asking for food or attention. Scientists have discovered that it has

  • an embedded frequency that sounds like a human cry, although purring is

  • usually a sign that a cat is content, they can also purr when they're in pain.

  • Now, if you're concerned look at the context of the cat, are they asleep

  • and feeling nice and relaxed? Or could there be other medical signs that

  • there's an underlying medical problem?

  • When I had finished my very first Simon's cat film, I started to think about the cat noises

  • he would make, I had a silent film, the cat was acting but he had no voice. First

  • of all I thought about putting real-life cat noises on top of the cartoon.

  • But I soon found out this didn't really work, they weren't really gelling

  • together. So then I thought, well...l I've kept cats all my life I know the noises they

  • would make him and how his mind is working and what noises he would make in

  • that situation. So then I thought I'd give it a go.

  • Meow

  • Meow

  • And, it works...

  • So ever since then, I've recorded all the cat noises myself!

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