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Why do cats yowl, meow, or cry?

I have been reading a thread on the P.S.A forum that is trying to get to the bottom of what it is that makes a cat meow or cry. One of the theories that is being proposed is that cats cry, meow, and yowl to express how they are feeling (happy, sad, or what have you). If that were true, they would be using a tonal system.

What evidence, if any, would support the idea that cats use tonal communication?

There is very little, but there is this one study about cats "crying" when their owners leave the house. If you have never seen that before, you should.

Here is the abstract:

Background: We describe the phenomenon of cats crying when their owners leave the house and provide a preliminary investigation into the phenomenon. Methods: Categorical ratings of the strength of the owner-cat bond and subjective evaluations of the intensity of the owner-cat interaction were obtained from 28 owners. We also collected owner-reported observations and behavioral responses from owners in response to a hypothetical scenario, in which their cats were left alone at home for 2 h. Results: We found that there was a significant relationship between how strong the owner-cat bond was, the intensity of the owner-cat interaction, and the owner’s rating of the crying of the cat after the owner left the home. A strong owner-cat bond was associated with a lower crying of the cat after the owner left, and the cat’s crying was associated with a more intense interaction. We found no evidence to suggest that the crying of cats was associated with separation distress. Conclusions: Our findings suggest that cats cry to attract their owners’ attention and thereby to signal their emotional state.

So, from this one study it seems that cats may cry if their owners are not around.

However, I do not believe that cats have a tonal system. I don't think they are able to do anything like that. I think that they are much more like our domestic dogs. Dogs will make different types of sounds based on the emotion that they are feeling. And they will use these sounds to communicate to the people around them.

One other thing about cats is that when they cry, they make a series of low pitched sounds. So, if it was based on a tonal system that cats would make very high pitched sounds.

It is also worth noting that I am not aware of any studies on this topic. So, we don't know what kind of sound cats make when they cry.

Why do cats yowl, meow, or cry?

I have been reading a thread on the P.S.A forum that is trying to get to the bottom of what it is that makes a cat meow or cry. One of the theories that is being proposed is that cats cry, meow, and yowl to express how they are feeling (happy, sad, or what have you). If that were true, they would be using a tonal system.

What evidence, if any, would support the idea that cats use tonal communication?

There is very little, but there is this one study about cats "crying" when their owners leave the house. If you have never seen that before, you should.

Here is the abstract:

Background: We describe the phenomenon of cats crying when their owners leave the house and provide a preliminary investigation into the phenomenon. Methods: Categorical ratings of the strength of the owner-cat bond and subjective evaluations of the intensity of the owner-cat interaction were obtained from 28 owners. We also collected owner-reported observations and behavioral responses from owners in response to a hypothetical scenario, in which their cats were left alone at home for 2 h. Results: We found that there was a significant relationship between how strong the owner-cat bond was, the intensity of the owner-cat interaction, and the owner’s rating of the crying of the cat after the owner left the home. A strong owner-cat bond was associated with a lower crying of the cat after the owner left, and the cat’s crying was associated with a more intense interaction. We found no evidence to suggest that the crying of cats was associated with separation distress. Conclusions: Our findings suggest that cats cry to attract their owners’ attention and thereby to signal their emotional state.

So, from this one study it seems that cats may cry if their owners are not around.

However, I do not believe that cats have a tonal system. I don't think they are able to do anything like that. I think that they are much more like our domestic dogs. Dogs will make different types of sounds based on the emotion that they are feeling. And they will use these sounds to communicate to the people around them.

One other thing about cats is that when they cry, they make a series of low pitched sounds. So, if it was based on a tonal system that cats would make very high pitched sounds.

It is also worth noting that I am not aware of any studies on this topic. So, we don't know what kind of sound cats make when they cry.

Thanks

It's also possible that cats meow to show how they feel (not that they do it often).

This one is interesting because, if you listen to it, it sounds like the cat is just mumbling like a toddler that doesn't want to be picked up.

So, from the title of the study, I think this is a pretty good explanation of what the cats were doing.

Thanks

Yes, the cat is meowing. The cat sounds like it is in a panic trying to get the attention of its owner.

Why do cats yowl, meow, or cry?

I have been reading a thread on the P.S.A forum that is trying to get to the bottom of what it is that makes a cat meow or cry. One of the theories that is being proposed is that cats cry, meow, and yowl to


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