Cats which communicate mostly with other cats use mainly on body language and scent – this is their “native language”. Their body language is subtle, but many owners and cat workers learn to cat toy that moves on its own the more obvious cues. There are at least nineteen different types of “miaow” which differ in pitch, rhythm, volume, tone, pronunciation and the situations in which they are used.
The familiar purr may be used for contentment, self-reassurance or an invitation for close contact. HOUSECATS, FERAL CATS AND BIG CATS. Housecats develop a wide variety of sounds to alert humans to their needs and intentions. This is quite logical since the cosseted housecat remains dependent on humans i. Cats kept with other cats are communicating with each other all the time through body language and scent. They are communicating with their owners all the time too, it’s our problem that we can’t understand their language.
Cats have different personalities and this affects how much they want to “speak” to humans. Personalities are partly controlled by genetics and partly by upbringing so both factors contribute to how much an individual cat talks. Like some humans, some cats probably have nothing much they want to say! Also, some owners are good at reading cat body language and the cat simply doesn’t need to vocalise quite so much. The vocalisation then depends on whether the cat is fearful or friendly. Cats also learn to communicate with other household animals e. They are less likely to vocalise because dogs can interpret scent signals and can learn some feline body language.
Sometimes the cat must reinforce its unspoken message with a hiss if the other animals ignores or fails to understand body language. Like cats, dogs also rely greatly on body language. Feral cats rely more on their native body language. They don’t need so many variations of “meow”. They use all the “major sounds” e. Details of big cat vocalisation is out of scope of this article.
Big cats have their own repertoire of sounds e. Two important differences are that big cats such as lions, tigers, jaguars and leopards cannot purr because their throats are built for roaring. The first language a kitten learns is that of smell. A kitten recognises its own scent on the nipple and aims for the same nipple each feeding time. The mother identifies her kittens by their individual scent and by her own scent on them.