Cat's Verbal and Body Language

                                                     Cat Facts Only 

The cat is the only animal that can purr. Purring contains 26 “cycles” per second.

  • The device necessary for this consists of interconnected thin bones going from the base of the tongue to the base of the skull. These bones are called sublingual. When a cat growls, it vibrates with its vocal cords, and those, in turn, cause resonance in thin hyoid bones. All purring cats are able to do this continuously while inhaling and exhaling.
  • No one really knows why cats need this ability. Only small feline representatives purr – rats, cats, ocelots, etc. In large cats – lions, tigers, leopards – over hyoid bones are packed with dense cartilages right up to the skull. They prevent the bones from vibrating, but so strengthen the entire voice apparatus that the lion can growl with a volume of up to 114 decibels.
  • Only lions really roar. Other big cats usually grumble, howl, hiss, and even cough and grunt.
  • Purring does not always mean that the cat is happy; some cats purr loudly when they are scared or offended.
  • The developed language wonderfully meets the needs of communication with relatives and people. Cats can make sounds that vary in duration, pitch, and timbre. The faster the owner learns to understand the state of his ward, expressed by voice, the more trusting and friendly the animal will be.
  • A cat’s voice can shyly ask and ultimately demand. A short, open meow means a greeting or, if someone else’s cat, a desire for contact.
  • Choked meowing or loud uterine sounds — complaint, expression of resentment and discontent, as well as a feeling of hunger.
  • If the plaintive sounds, indicating a request or displeasure, develop into loud, heart-rending screams – something hurts in the cat, it requires help.
  • Fear mixed with rage gives rise to intense tones.
  • Fighting cats emit wild cries.
  • At the moment of tenderness, you can hear cooing sounds.
  • Mother cats treat kittens carefully, with questioning intonation.
  • Purring most often means gratitude or pleasure – well-fed cats purr, falling asleep. If a cat sees that something tasty is being cooked for her personally, she purrs, alternating with cries of impatience and joy.
  • Even sick and dying cats purr, apparently from relief, at times when the pain releases.
  • According to the observation of the French scientist Dupont du Nemar, a cat can pronounce seven consonants: M, N, G, X, F, B, and R.

Do You Want to Know about Cat Language?

For you as cat owners or cat lovers, it must be very interesting if you know the cat language because sometimes when you hear your cat’s sound which is very annoying, you do not know what was expressed by the cat.


As it is known, a cat has various meanings on its sounds depending on its pronunciation. Cats can also make a sound like snoring which is often liked by human. Because the sound is not a vowel sound, then cat can make purr and meow noises at the same time.

Cat as pet, it turns out that they have a language to communicate with humans. According to the study which ever conducted, it was showed that African wild cats – the descent of domestic cat at home – do not have the capability of this cat language.

A psychologist from Cornell University, Nicholas Nicastro, compared the sound of hundreds of domestic cats (Felis Catus) and African wild cat (Felis Silvestris Lybica) several years ago.


Nicastro’s research showed that cat sounds or cat language are different when communicating different things to human. When they ask for food, for example, the sound will be contrast to when they are angry.


The way to examine it is Nicastro recorded about 100 “Miaw” from 12 to 26 cats and asked some people to hear them. They were asked to give for the cats’ sound assessment whether it’s “seduction”, “fun”, “important” or “demand”. The score is 1 to 7. The cats’ voice tone is then analyzed to determine how the pattern of “fun” or “demands” is.

When the cat was not happy, the meow will be longer, lower rear sound, rugged, and powerful. ”MiiiAWW!” said Nicastro to give an example. The sound is issued if the cat was hungry and asked for food.


If the cat is happy, her voice is flat with energy. The voice is sounded high-pitched and covered with a low tone.

Surprisingly, after the vote and comparison there was a difference with the wild cats of Africa. Wild cats just made unhappy sound. They don’t have a soft voice as your cat at home.


“Cats are animals that have learned how to affect our emotions,” says psychologist who was caring for two cats. ”And when we respond, we are also, essentially, homy creatures.”


Perhaps the best way to understand the language of cats is to recognize the body language of cats which are universal.

Here are a few examples of cat behavior that you can guess the mood of your cat.

  1. Tilting and moving his head back – someone came too close.
  2. Half-closed eyes and ears turned slightly to the side – your cat is comfortable with himself
  3. Directing his ears, turned back, and her pupils shrink – this is a warning. Your cat is angry, so leave him for a moment.
  4. Pupils dilated even in bright light – surprised cat.
  5. Directing his ears, and eyes wide open – your cat wants to play!
  6. Leaning his ears back, closes his eyes and looked a little – was invited to settle. Your cat tells you that he will not harm you and hope he gets the same treatment.

Cats’ body language will be easily recognizable if you study carefully the behavior of your cat.


Actually there is also Meowlingual the translator tool cat language. After successfully creating Bowlingual (translator tool “dog language”), Takeda Co launched Meowlingual. You simply brought this tool into the cat’s head in a moment; this tool will translate the cat language into human language, like “I can not wait anymore” and others.


It would be fun if you can know the meaning of your beloved cat’s language.It is easy when you follow this guide.



Ears set upright– curiosity.
Ears are flat to the sides– hiding, flirting.
Ears back, eyes squinting– impatience, please.

  • Ears are tilted back, eyes are big– a warning.
  • Ears are pressed to the head– preparation for an attack.
  • Ears are pressed to the head, the tail makes circles– irritation.
  • Pipe tail (upright)– greeting, pleasure.
  • Beats the tail– angry or hunting.
  • The tail is stretched and motionless– preparing for an attack.
  • Tail down– fatigue.
  • The tail frozen below is disgust, disappointment.
  • Stirring the tip of the tail– interest.
  • At the tail vertically raised the tip is relaxed – joyful excitement.
  • Squint eyes– calm or drowsiness.
  • Squinting– peace and tranquility.
  • Widely opened pupils– fear.
  • Staring at you is a challenge.
  • Big eyes and pupils– peering into the dark, afraid, angry, or playing.
  • A third eyelid appeared– the cat is sick or wants to sleep.
  • The mustache is down– concern, sadness, or illness.
  • Focuses around and then carefully licks his coat– complete or mock calm.
  • Quickly licks the front paw– worried, in indecision.
  • Quickly licks nose and lips– in disarray.
  • Stroking a person with a paw– close affection, tenderness.
  • Claws loudly scratching– the desire to attract attention.
  • Bends back– intimidation of the enemy, very strong irritation, and readiness for defense.
  • Flies away from you, pulling his head into his shoulders, on long legs– he knows that he’s a cod.
  • The cat rolls on the floor– demonstrates its appeal.
  • The cat rolls on the floor walks on bent legs, draws its tail, calls– signs of estrus.
  • Lying on his back with a thoughtful look– aired, resting.
  • He sits with his paws tucked up, his tail wrapped around, watching, relaxed, waiting.
  • Dancing, tearing his fore paws off the ground, and putting it back– greeting someone beloved and long-awaited.
  • He turns back to the owner and raises his tail– a sign of trust and reverence.
  • He extends afoot to your face– asks for attention and affection.
  • He tramples on his paws– he loves very much, wants to give you pleasure.
  • He hides his head in some corner– he plays.
  • Rubbing his head against a person– love, devotion, frankness, thirst for affection, as well as a sign of estrus.


  • Purring is calm.
  • An unhappy purr is a painful sensation.
  • The rumbling is discontent.
  • Meow is a greeting, and sometimes a request.
  • Intermittent meowing, like a yelp, is a response to human circulation.
  • Howling is anger.
  • A short cry is a fright.
  • A muffled purr, culminating in an unhappy rumbling– patience ran out.
  • Hissing– readiness for a defense, warning about it.
  • The restrained rumbling of nursing cat is a warning to kittens about a possible danger.
  • The same thing, ending in a raised tone– a warning to a person or other creatures, so as not to approach the kittens.
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