The Cat’s Meow

Is your kitty a talkative little furball? Or does Fluffy only meow when she wants something? Just like people, cats all have their own unique ways of talking. Here, a Rochester, NY vet talks about kitty vocalizations.

Talkative Cats

Although all of our feline pals are unique, breed does play a large role in their purrsonalities. Some types of cats are known for being outspoken. The Siamese, as you may know, is notoriously chatty. These cute kitties also tend to sound like human babies, which only makes them more adorable. Other talkative breeds include the Maine Coon, who often vocalizes with super cute chirrups, and the puppy-like Tonkinese.

Quiet Cats

Some cats are rather quiet by nature, and just don’t seem to have much to say. The Ragdoll, for instance, rarely speaks. Persians, Russian Blues, and British Shorthair are also on the quieter end of the spectrum.


Kitties are known for being a bit bossy. It may not surprise you much to learn that Fluffy may have started vocalizing specifically to give us orders. As you may have noticed, many cats sound like human babies. That is a suspiciously effective way to tug at our heartstrings, and get us to offer food, cuddles, and lap space.

Chatting With Fluffy

If your kitty is a furry little blabbermouth, you may have fun ‘talking’ to her. Try mimicking and/or answering your cat when she meows at you. This is a cute ‘game’ to play with your pet! Even if your feline buddy is usually quiet, that doesn’t mean she won’t appreciate being spoken to. Talking to Fluffy is a great way to bond with her and make her feel loved. Even quiet cats should respond in some way—perhaps by flicking their tails or looking at you—when you speak to them.

Red Flags

Sudden, unexplainable changes in your cat’s vocalizations can be a sign of illness. Of course, if Fluffy starts growling when your neighbor’s dog comes by to visit, you probably don’t need to worry. However, a normally quiet kitty that suddenly starts crying or yowling incessantly may be reacting to pain, nausea, or other issues. A talkative furball that suddenly becomes quiet may also be ill. Call your vet if you notice changes in your pet’s ‘speaking’ patterns.

Please reach out to us, your local Rochester, NY vet clinic, anytime. We are here for you!

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