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Cat Communication, What Are They Saying

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The Purr:
Cats (large and small) are the only animals that purr. Why?
Purring isn't voice-generated; it comes from two membrane folds, called false vocal cords that are situated in the larynx behind the actual vocal cords. Cats can make purring noises while both inhaling and exhaling. and with their mouths fully shut.Scientists think purring is produced by blood in a large vein in the chest cavity that vibrates and is then magnified by air in the windpipe.

For kittens(who can't see or hear), the vibration of their mother's purring can be felt, acting as a homing device, an indication for them to feed Cats don't purr just for pleasure; a deep one can also indicate pain or distress.

The Meow:
There are lots of variations: a short, soft-spoken "mew" is your cat's way of saying "hello", how are you?A loud and drawn-out "meo-o-o-o-ow" is a demand for food or attention.

The Ears:
There are 5 fundamental ear indications. If they point forward and slightly outward, then all is well. If the ears are erect and facing forward, they're alert and may investigate some noise. If the ears are twitching nervously back and forth, they are edgy or nervous.

The Tail:
A tail waving quietly from side to side is a sign of contentment or concentrating intently on something. If growling accompanies this, take care!
If tail-wagging is somewhere between heavy-duty and half-hearted, this may indicate that your cat is not sure of things. When a fluffy-looking tail is bent forward over the head, it means your cat's feeling like "top dog."

The Eyes:
When your cat looks steadily at you, giving you several long, slow blinks, it's your cat's version of a kiss! Mimic the cat, they like to feel loved too!.
If you get on the same level and speak to your cat while sitting on the floor, it will immediately make your cat feel more comfortable.

The Whiskers:
They're one of your cat's most delicate sense organs. By bending the whiskers, kitty can magnify the smallest air disturbance.