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Domestic cats vocalise in a very different way to their wild relations. When your cat is hungry and you are custodian of the tin opener he will meow at you - what he is doing is demonstrating learned behaviour. This is a bond unique to feline, human relationships.

The cat is incredibly adaptable and a great observer and learner. The cat will see that we communicate by sound and therefore the cat has adapted and learnt this variation of communication. When he is hungry he meows and this produces food. When he is restless he will produce a yowl and you play with him.

The more you talk and interact with your cat the more he will communicate, and you will understand what he is trying express.

Some breeds are inherently more vocal anyway, like the siamese and other Orientals. Others such as Abyssinians and Persians are known for being less vocal.

Studies have shown that the cat makes 16 distinct vocal patterns broken into three sound pattern groups, murmour, vowel and high intensity patterns. The cat vocabulary doesn't translate to words but the cats emotional state.

The murmour
Murmours are made with the mouth closed. they indicate friendliness and contentment. These sounds are include purring, requests or greetings, calls and acknowledgements.

Vowel patterns
These are more typical meow sounds and are made by opening and closing the mouth. These sounds include demands, bewilderment, begging, complaints and anger wails.

High intensity
These sounds are made by holding the mouth open and forcing breath through the mouth. These sounds are made when the cat is in a highly emotional state such as growls, snarls, mating cries, pain and spitting.

The reason for your cat's behaviour maybe due to an underlying medical reason. If you are concerned about your cat, always consult your vet or a cat behaviourist for professional, qualified advice.
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