Today,we’re going to talk about animal sounds, just like Linda asked us to. I have a lot of experience with cats, so naturally that’s what I’ll talk about.
I heard recently (not too recently, but recently enough) that cats only vocalize (or speak) to humans and not to other cats. Which is all right so far as it goes, but they do speak to other cats, mostly in growls and howls when they’re getting ready to fight. It’s not the cat that’s initiating the fight that does the growling and howling; it’s the cat being threatened that does most of the talking, which gets louder as he or she is getting backed into a corner. The closer the aggressor gets, the louder the growling and howling gets. This is a good thing if you’re in the living room and the contretemps is happening in the basement or one of the bedrooms, so that the supervising human can run up the stairs and break it up. So, maybe they are talking to us then, too.
Another time they howl is right before they’re ready to puke. This is when, if they’re sitting beside you on the couch, it’s a good time to shoo them. You might have to give them a shove to get them to jump down, but it’s easier to clean barf off the carpet than the furniture.
You’ve probably heard that Siamese cats are noisy. You heard correctly. We had a Siamese when we lived in Chicago named Natasha, and she was quite loud, especially when she’d go into heat. We never had her spayed. We’ve also had three part-Siamese cats, one of whom was Sherman. He was jet black and pretty big, but had this delicate squeak of a voice that somehow didn’t fit. We thought it was cute. Lucy looked the most like a chocolate-point Siamese, and she had the voice to match, earning her the epithet "Daddy’s Little Noise Box." Amy, the third, was always a bit strange; she’d hide in the bedroom most of the day and only come down for meals. She had this voice that was a cross between a cat’s and a duck’s. It took her years to warm up to Mary and me. Don’t know that her voice had anything to do with it.
Wish I had pictures to share…
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