Why Doesn't My Cat Meow?

Is there something wrong with my quiet cat?

Ginger Kitten Meowing
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When most people decide to get a cat the usually imagine cozy moments snuggled up with their new buddy purring away. Everyone by now has probably watched a ton of internet views full of cute kitten squeaks and adorable cat meows. But what if your cat isn't really a talker? Is not meowing a sign that something is wrong with your feline or is it just normal cat behavior? Could it be a sign of unhappiness?

Is Not Meowing Bad?

If this is sudden behavior, I'd be concerned, especially if she seems lethargic or depressed, and a vet visit would be in order. However, if she's always been on the quiet side, but otherwise seems happy and healthy, then it's perfectly normal, and it's just her nature. Cats are individuals, just like humans. I'm sure you must have a few human friends who don't talk much. I have four cats and two of them are quite talkative, while the other two do not verbalize a lot with the humans. One, an almost 20-pound guy, tries to meow, but it comes out as a little squeak - rather endearing, actually.

Cat's usually aren't very vocal with each other unless it's the case of a female cat and her kittens. Many scientists actually believe that house cats verbalize with their humans in the same way that they would with kittens. They think that meowing at humans is a trait of domestication as a way for cats to communicate with their owners.

Because adult cats don't meow at each other it's not uncommon for your kitten to gradually get quieter as it ages. If you miss you kitten conversations there are some tips you can try to get them meowing but keep in mind cats are all different. Don't try to force behavior if your cat really doesn't seem interested.

 

Tips to Encourage Meowing

Try "talking it up" with your kitty to see if she responds. Literally just try talking to your cat the way you would a friend. Pause in your conversation the way your would with a person to see if you get a response. Looking in your cat's direction as you talk can also encourage meowing. Make sure your cat knows you're trying to interact with it for best results. One correspondent even went to the library and got a CD with sounds of cats meowing, and played it for her cat. A week later, the cat marched right up to her and gave a clear and vocal "meow."

Sometimes cats (like people) just need a bit of encouragement. If your cat remains silent, just enjoy her for herself. Cats are naturally quiet animals. If you're unable to get your cat to vocalize don't feel too bad about it, adult meowing is simply not in their nature. You might even count your blessings, as other people are troubled with excessive vocalization in their cats.