From Chirping To Chattering – Eight Sounds Cats Make

From Chirping To Chattering – Eight Sounds Cats Make

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If you really listen, the sounds cats make can be very revealing. We don’t just purr and meow. We chirp and chatter, too. I’ve translated some cat sounds for you.

The sounds cats make include a lot more than meowingCan you explain the sounds cats make, Thomasina? My cat often chirps at me when I get home. What does that mean?

— Curious

Hi, Curious!
Oh, how nice that your cat chirps to you! He’s saying “welcome home!” Not all of us do that (I don’t), and you should feel very honored!

When we talk to each other, we usually use body language. We talk with our eyes, ears and tails. But since humans don’t seem to understand our native language, we make sounds, like your cat’s chirp, to communicate with you.

Chirps And Seven More Sounds Cats Make

Tall Tails – Your Cat’s Tail Can Tell You A Lot About His Mood

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Did you know this? Your cat’s tail can tell you a lot about his mood. I’ve translated some tail talk for you so you’ll know how your cat is feeling.

A cat with its tail up is saying hello.

Your cat’s tail can tell you a lot about his mood.

Every time my cat sees me, he puts his tail up. Why does he do that, Thomasina? Is he saying hello?
— Just Wondering

Hi Just Wondering…
Yes, he’s saying hello! Putting our tails up is one way we let our humans and other cats know we’re happy to see them. If you pay attention, your cat’s tail can give you all kinds of information about his mood.

Here are some more things your cat’s tail can tell you.

When your cat’s tail is up but curved at the end like a question mark, he’s really interested in something. It can be a greeting, too, when the cat is a bit unsure. I do that a lot when I see other cats because I can’t decide if I want to hang out with them or just be by myself.

  • Another way we say we’re really interested in something is to hold our tails straight up with the top tipped to one side. Muffitt and I do that a lot when we see something moving through the grass.
  • When a cat walks up to you with her tail curled over her back, she’s saying she’s happy to see you. Belle does that all the time and our human thinks it’s just so cute. Ugh… Belle can be so annoying.
  • When you see a cat walking with her tail straight out behind her, she’s feeling confident and relaxed. 
  • Have you ever noticed your cat sitting with his tail curved down but up near the tip? He sits that way when he’s contented and relaxed. 

Cat Body Language Translated

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Oh… you’re not fluent in catspeak? I put together this glossary of cat body language, so you can understand what your cat’s saying to you. 

This yawning cat isn't being rude. In cat body language, yawning means the cat is relaxed.

When your cat yawns, he’s not bored or being rude.

What does yawning mean in cat body language, Thomasina? When I have friends over, my cat yawns at them. Why is he so rude? They think he’s bored with them!

— Embarrassed 

Hey, Embarrassed…

I don’t think your cat’s bored. Most of us love watching humans. Some of the things you do are just so funny and cute. If we had cell phones, we’d be snapping pictures and posting them on Facebook and Instagram all day!

While humans communicate with words, we communicate mostly with body language. Cat body language isn’t that hard to understand when you know what you’re looking for. 


Cats yawn when they’re relaxed. Yawning sends a reassuring, non-threatening message. It’s one of the ways we say we’re comfortable with you and don’t want to fight. So your friends should be happy when your cat yawns at them. Would they yawn back? He’d be surprised and pleased that they speak his language. 

More Cat Body Language Translated