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Old September 5th 03, 07:25 AM
Woof B
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In the meantime, I am curious because he never meows. He's been around
the neighborhood for several years, and no one has ever heard him
meow. He doesn't even try. His sole vocal ability seems to be hissing
and purring. If he lost his voice at some time, I would think he would
still make the attempt, even if nothing came out. He doesn't growl
either. I've never heard of a mute cat. Has anyone else?

Most books on cat behaviour seem to say that miaowing is a *learned*
behaviour for *pet* cats. Cats, left to themselves, would vocalise a lot
for sexual behaviour but not for social behaviour. I've also read that
cat vocalisations among-themselves are too high for us to hear. It's
assumed that on discovering that the Large Hairless Tin-Opener cannot
understand tail/ear talk, they learned to put their voice into a lower
register.

Our Murray (sadly missing) would miaow for feeding and in distress, but
would generally not miaow to go out (had flap, preferred to have the
door opened). He would just sit in the hall and stare at the door
intently.
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Old September 5th 03, 02:40 PM
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Thank you, Rona and Woof, for that fascinating info, I don't remember ever
hearing that about cats not meowing much in the wild (though I had heard
about the higher register thing, which explains why sometimes my cats meow,
and it looks like they've got laryngitis and nothing's coming out)! Really
interesting stuff, thanks again for sharing.

Ann

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Old September 5th 03, 05:18 PM
Linda Terrell
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On Fri, 5 Sep 2003 13:40:56 UTC, "bewtifulfreak"
wrote:

Thank you, Rona and Woof, for that fascinating info, I don't remember ever
hearing that about cats not meowing much in the wild (though I had heard
about the higher register thing, which explains why sometimes my cats meow,
and it looks like they've got laryngitis and nothing's coming out)! Really
interesting stuff, thanks again for sharing.

Ann

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I recall reading once, maybe in here, that cats don't
"meow" normally. It is something they do only for us!
Mostly cats hiss and cough and purr, and "rrrrt"

LT

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