Why Do Cats Meow At Humans?


We say, “Meow.” It is pronounced nyaa by Japanese people. The sound that is produced by our cherished cats is understood by us in this manner. Surprisingly, cats rarely communicate with one another by meowing. It is a noise that, as far as we can tell, only humans are capable of producing. It might appear that cats employed this sound as a weapon against humans in earlier times.

Ancient Egyptian Word for Cat

It is likely that the Ancient Egyptians formed the phrase for our feline companions, at least in part, from the noises that cats make, despite the fact that neither English speakers nor Japanese speakers did so. Nevertheless, it is possible that the Ancient Egyptians did so. It’s likely that the African wildcat known as Felis silvestris lybyca, which is the ancestor of our modern domestic cats, was meowing all over the place. In Egypt, the sound was referred to as miu; depending on the source, it has also been written as mau, miy, and miit; but, for the sake of simplicity, let’s stick with mau. In their language, the word for “cat” sounded like this.

The Egyptians are hardly alone in this regard. In Thailand, the cat is referred to as meo, while in China, it is referred to as mao. Thus, onomatopoeic names are not unusual; in fact, they serve only to emphasize how often our cats meow at us from all over the globe.

Cats were adored, if not worshiped, in Egyptian civilization, and were considered to be sacred. In fact, under the era of the pharaohs, murdering a cat was considered a capital offense and was punished by execution.

It is unlikely that this veneration sprang from the mournful meows of tens of thousands of Egyptian cats, as some claim.

How Do Cats Meow?

The fundamental sound of the meow, also known as the nyaa, is nothing more than a vocalization produced by a cat opening its lips and then gently shutting it back down. Their ability to produce varied vowel sounds and consonant sounds is limited; thus, any alteration in the sound is dependent on either how fast they shut their lips or how strong the air travelling over their vocal cords is when they close their mouth. With its distinctive accent, the Siamese cat is recognized for its boisterous vocalizations and is the only cat to have one. Despite the fact that each individual cat has a unique meow sound, the majority of cats’ meows are very similar due to the hardware they have for making noises.

Why Do Cats Meow?

I’m not talking about why they meow at us. We understand why cats do this, or at least those of us who are familiar with our cats understand why they are meowing the majority of the time. The various inflections and timings may convey a variety of messages, including demand, complaint, bewilderment, or a simple welcome or acknowledgement. The difference is that here we have noises that cats are producing to people that their wild counterparts hardly seldom (if ever) create! It’s hard to describe what this sound is that is both a part of a cat’s repertory and nearly solely reserved for humans. Cats that are simply hanging out with other adult cats are unlikely to meow at one another in a friendly manner. However, there are other noises that cats use to communicate with one another and with us, such as that small cat trill or chirp of welcome or love, or the purr. And, of course, any enraged cat may unleash a hiss or a growl at any species in order to vent their frustration.

Please provide me with some food! Now!

Obviously, wild cats did not spontaneously decide to come up with a new sound to use to affect people on their own. Irrespective of whether an adult cat would frequently use such a sound with another adult cat, or if wild cats would use it, it needs to be included in the natural spectrum of vocalizations that a cat has, since cats produce many other noises other than meow!

When we are babies, we produce particular vocalizations that are unique to us. Infants are crying. This is the sole means of communication available to them. If you pay attention to a litter of kittens, you will see the relationship. The meow of the cat is derived from the noises made by kittens when they are in distress. To make a phone call to Mom. Momma cat reacts to this sound in the same way as a human mother reacts to the sound of her child crying. Most of the time, we humans treat our cats as if they were infants. I believe you see why cats who are involved with people would keep and then develop the sound that they were given at birth. It has an effect on humans! In response to the diverse meow noises they create, cats will adapt and develop their own methods of meowing, although they will still tend to fall within a certain range. Whether you think that cats have a genuine language or that each individual cat just learns through trial and error how to produce the appropriate noises to obtain what they want, there is little doubt that they communicate with humans on a regular basis.

In addition, whereas some cats meow extremely often, if not continuously, others may not meow at all or just sometimes. Certain breeds, like as the Siamese, are unquestionably noisier than other kinds. In addition, there’s that peculiar quiet meow that occurs from time to time. I’m talking about those times when your cat simply stares up at you and mouths a quiet meow, as if he’s got a serious case of laryngitis all of a sudden? When my cat is really hungry, he does this as if to say, “I’m too weak with hunger to even utter a sound,” as if to say, Cats have also been known to do this when they are certain that they would not be heard! Have you ever mouthed a phrase at someone, maybe via a window, hoping that they would be able to read what you were thinking? Do you think it’s amazing that a cat understands that humans can read their lips? Or, at the very least, they are aware that just going through the motions will be effective, at least if they have had the proper response from us in the past.

It is probable that a cat’s surroundings and upbringing, particularly early connection with people, will have a significant impact on the unique voice that the cat develops. According to something I just read, humans are unable to’mold’ a cat while it is still a kitten. Many people believe that this is some kind of “cat creed,” despite the fact that each cat is a unique. Kittens are unquestionably shaped by the way people engage with them and the times at which they contact with them. Cats, of course, are unique individuals. Humans, as individuals, are no different. However, we are all shaped by the environment in which we live.

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