Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Kitty Conversations

Wylla is a chirpy little kitten.  She's got a complicated series of trills and coos for us, and a second and distinctively different set for Charlene.    

When Bean enters the room, Wylla greets her with a bright "brrrrrrrRRR".   She also gives her lots of "mehs",  half-mews and an occasional silent scream.

I'm not entirely sure what she's saying beyond just a "hello", but it's pretty sweet to overhear these conversations.


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43 comments:

  1. We need a video!! There is nothing sweeter than kitty conversations :)

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  2. Both of my cats have very distinct voices and we love to have conversations with them. I love vocal kitties!

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  3. My cat gives me the "brrrrrrrRRR" all the time. Never knew how to type it though :-)

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  4. I have a super talkative kitty too! Endless chirps, harrumphs and trills. and sometimes kitty yodeling.

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    1. "Harrumphs"! Lol, that seems to mostly what I hear from my male cat. As well as very urgent and indignant cries of "I'mhungrrrrrryyyyy" and "Payattentiontomeeeeeee"

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    2. Ditto my Pipa, though she starts with a barely audible"Payattentiontomeeeee" !!! And it works because I usually run to go play with her ...

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  5. "an occasional silent scream" Haha!

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  6. Aww, adorable! I love talking to/with cats, although I've often wondered if I'm saying awful or scandalous things.

    Mostly I imagine the cat(s) thinking, "Wow, her accent is so bad...I can't figure out what she's saying!!"

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    1. I imagine my cats think my accent is terrible as well. Glad I'm not the only one embarrassed by that! ;D If only Rosetta Stone offered a course in Cat, I'd be among the first eager buyers.

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  7. That sounds adorable but, what in the world is on Charlene's foot?

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    1. I'm not sure exactly what you're referring to. You can see the pink of one of her paw pads - maybe that's what you're seeing?

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    2. I wonder if Tama is simply struck by the uber-whiteness of Charlene's back paws - they are rather striking, especially as reflected off the floor.

      I love kitty conversations too - and you are right, they ARE different from the conversations they choose to have with us humans!

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    3. It took me a minute to realize both her back paws are visible, kind of stacked on each other. Maybe that is what was confusing...

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  8. Any chance we could get audio of dear little Wylla? Maybe you could sell her utterances as ringtones to raise money for the next Dog-a-Thon.

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  9. Aww! I love talking kitties! My cats have their own language too. I have two, who are sisters, that talk a lot to each other. And one of my other ones chirps at birds, and yet another one talks to her roommate.

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  10. Scientists have identified over 100 distinct vocalizations from domestic cats - they have one of the most varied "vocabularies" of mammals. And as you pointed out, they make completely separate sets of sounds towards humans than they do fellow cats. For example, the classic "meow" sound is only directed at humans - kitties never say "meow" to each other!

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  11. I have two very vocal kitties. My first, Gregory, had a very funny noise when I first adopted him. It was something like "ngaaaaw" with a little catch breath at the end. Now that he has a playmate, they'll go into the hallway and sing a really sad, mournful song right when I"m trying to sleep.

    I've taken some cat behavior classes and the "meh" or high pitch squeaking noise is supposedly a "locator" sound for cats to signal to other cats in the area and get a response. I hadn't heard this really until I got my 2nd cat and now they do it all the time!

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    1. My cat just walked up to me & said "meh". I rplied (as usual) "meh-meh". Now I know what we were saying!

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  12. I just love all the trilling and chattering that cats do. I'm sure Charlene is enjoying the extended one-on-one time with her little chatty charge.

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  13. I would LOVE to see a video of these two lovely ladies. :)

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  14. Lisa (mom of Chai)April 16, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    That's so sweet! :-) I'd love to hear audio as a few others have requested.

    My boys are talkers too, Mocha to an almost ridiculous degree. They definitely do talk differently to us than each other, it's been very interesting. But what's really crazy is how Mocha has long, involved conversations with his TOYS! Does anyone else's cat do this? We never had indoor-only cats before these guys so we don't know if that's normal.

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    1. My sister's cat not only talks to her toys, she carries sparkle balls (Butterbean approved!) around the apartment and talks at the same time. She then takes them to the front door as an offering for whoever's not there at the moment. It makes a very funny sound! I wonder if Charlene Butterbean or the kittens every do this :-)

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    2. My late, great Rosie (calico) used to do that with a pair of red wool socks---she'd carry them around in her mouth all night, talking to them the whole time. I always figured she was moving her baby (she pulled those socks out of a laundry basket the day I brought her home---they were the same size as her). I'd find them in the darndest places. And you could carry on a conversation (in Cat or English) with her. Goofy girl.

      Tina & The Kittyboyz

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    3. Lisa (mom of Chai)April 17, 2013 at 12:18 PM

      I'm glad my boys aren't the only goofball cats!

      AnaliaRose - My less-talkative boy, Chai, love to play fetch with a bouncy ball and he'll walk around the house talking (trying to find me) with the ball in his mouth. :-)

      Anon - that must have been so precious!

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  15. My own little "Wendy Moira Angela Darling" has become very vocal in her age. (She's a vintage gal of 17). I'm still getting used to that because for most of her life she barely made a peep. She could literally go months without making a peep, and when she finally DID make a sound she'd "meow" with her mouth closed. :p

    Of course, Wendy always has been eccentric.

    Kristin

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  16. All three of ours have their own way of talking. The funniest is the silent meow from one. She looks at us and her mouth opens and nothing comes out. But she sure purrs loud. Love them all so much and the way they are unique. We need a video of Wylla and Bean!

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  17. I would love to know what my fosters are saying to the adults too sometimes. Not entirely sure I want to know what the adults are saying to the kittens though. :)

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  18. Another vote for some audio, if at all possible!

    My Emily is like Kristin's "Wendy Moira Angela Darling". She's also 17, and only in recent years has become not only conversational but constantly conversational. She has only one thing to say to us, though: "MEOW!" She's a tortie, so it is always issued with note of complaint that has to be heard to be believed, and the volume can go up to deafening, especially if I'm late coming to bed. She sits on my husband and YELLS at me in the next room. It's really funny!

    Cats are such amazing creatures, and they're all so different, aren't they? I've learned to love dogs, too, but nothing beats cats for character!

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  19. Lisa -- My Bacchus talks to his toys all the time, too!

    I bet Wylla has a lot of Maine Coon in her. I've thought so all along from her pictures, but those chirpy conversations is a Maine Coon thing, too.

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  20. How sweet!!!! Maybe it's a calico thing, my 6 year old Ginger (a beautiful calico girl) has always chirped and coo'ed like a little bird! I just love the pictures of the two lovely ladies together...thanks to you and Bean (of course) for taking such good care of baby Wylla!

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  21. Charlene is a beautiful beautiful cat

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  22. I am taking great heart from those of you who also have a previously quiet cat who, in their 17th year, has become incredibly, frequently, and loudly vocal!

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  23. One of my two, the Siamese mix, isn't much of a talker. . .until sometimes after he eats! Then he vocalizes in many different ways, almost as if he were singing an after dinner song. But he doesn't do it all the time, so no idea why or what brings it on.

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  24. Look at all that floof! We are reaching critical floof.

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  25. What a sweet little conversation between Wylla and Charlene.

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  26. What a treat it is to see Bean...she has been MIA for a while!

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  27. So cute! Our Eddie is a real chit-chatterer too, especially when the bathtub is being filled with water. For some reason he has a lot to discuss about all that water!

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  28. Wylla sounds very much like my Maine Coone mized tabby! Lots of chirpy little question marks, meows with the first syllable subsonic, and purrin chips & chirps. So, so very sweet! >^..^<

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  29. Our little calico is like that! We only have her and she constantly talks to my boyfriend and I. When we come home, she runs up to us and wails. When she wants something she chirps. I love chatty cats! :) You should post a video! I'm sure most of us would love to see their interaction! :)

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  30. Until I got my latest cat (Stray Kitty, the cow kitty with spots on her nose) I never knew that cats meowed at each other! I thought they just talked to people. But she talks to her brothers. Usually telling them to get out of her face!

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  31. My Yum Yum, who was a ragdoll, had a decent vocab of chirps and mewls. My favorite was burrup and purrrumph.

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