Kitten Sounds (Kitten Vocalizations)
Kitten Sounds (Kitten Vocalizations): Your kitten may not be able to speak to you with human words, but if you pay attention and know how to interpret his actions and kitten’s vocalizations, the meanings become fairly clear. Try to focus on all the different ways your kitten communicates with people, other cats, and even the dog.
The kitten Sounds are much more than just “meow.” It includes purring, chirping, and even growling. A Cornell study has documented hundreds of different kitten vocalizations — ranging from soft purrs to the battle yowls of a tomcat. No human knows what every one means, although some of the vocalizations do appear to mean the same thing to most kittens. Other kitty words and sounds may vary from kitten to kitten.
The more you talk to your kitten, the more he will respond and begin to understand. Speak to your kitten, and the two of you will develop your own language together, verbally, through body language, or both.
The most common kitten vocalizations (Kitten sounds):
Meow sound is the first one of the most common kitten sounds. Meow is the first word you probably think of when you think about kitten language; it’s primarily spoken by a mother to her kittens and from a kitten to his owner. Meow isn’t usually used in mature cat-to-cat communications. Your kitten uses this word almost exclusively with you or other humans.
Meow has a variety of meanings; the pitch helps you with all the different definitions. Experts say that the more disturbed the kitten is, the lower the pitch of the meow. A higher pitched meow says, “I’m glad you’re home.” Your cat can also convey urgency; “Feed me, now!” Slightly different sounds and emphasis convey a request or a complaint.
The silent meow is the 2nd one of the most common kitten sounds. The silent meow is a polite request. Your kitten waits until you’re looking in her direction and mouths meow.
You almost have to have kitten ears to hear the subtle sound she makes, if she makes any at all. My Siamese-mix kitten, Sam, has mastered the silent meow. He uses it when he wants a treat or snack. I find the silent meow almost impossible to resist.
The 3rd one of the most common kitten sounds is purr. Purring is usually the first thing that endears a kitten to a person. Kittens begin to purr when they’re just a few days old. For a long time, people thought that kittens only purred when they were happy. And a kitten does purr strongly and loudly when she feels content.
But she also purrs when she’s anxious, hurt, in labor, or even dying. A kitten purring with a relaxed body and partially closed eyes feels very contented. Purring with a tense body is a sign that she’s fearful or nervous about something and is reassuring herself.
Now some scientists believe that kittens purr by forcing inhaled and exhaled air down into the larynx and diaphragm, producing intermittent signals at frequencies between 25 and 150 hertz.
Researchers believe that sound produced at those frequencies improves bone density and promotes healing. That could explain why severely ill or anxious kittens purr — and why humans find a kitten’s purr so comforting.
4.Chatter and chirps
The 4th one of the most common kitten sounds is chatter, chirps. You hear these sounds when your kitten has her eye on prey. They have an “ack ack ack” sound.
She may be stalking a fly at rest, a fat little bird outside the window, or a really convincing interactive toy. Sometimes you can hear her clicking her teeth, too. I’ve also had kittens make this sound when they’ve done something they know is naughty.
5. Hiss, spit, growl
When your kitten growls, he’s telling you that he means business. If the growl fails, he escalates to the hiss. You can’t misunderstand this: He feels threatened, angry, or both.
If you hear your kitten hiss, back off and let him calm down. He’s showing his teeth, and his claws stand ready; he may bite if you force him. A spit may follow the hiss, which certainly inspires me to retreat.
The 6th one of the most common kitten sounds is yowl. This sound means it’s time to get your little girl fixed; she’s in heat. She’s calling out to find herself a man, or rather, a tomcat. Get used to it. She’s going to keep this up until she either gets pregnant or you have her spayed.
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