The meow is one of the most widely known vocalizations of domestic kittens. It is a call apparently used to solicit attention from the mother.
Adult cats commonly vocalise with a "meow" (or "miaow") sound, which is onomatopoeic. The meow can be assertive, plaintive, friendly, bold, welcoming, attention soliciting, demanding, or complaining. It can even be silent, where the cat opens its mouth but does not vocalize. Humans tend to find this silent mew particularly plaintive and appealing. Adult cats do not usually meow to each other and so meowing to human beings is likely to be an extension of the use by kittens.
Thank you Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat_communication
|Wish I had more pictures of the little dude|
I was laughing when reading that, because, well, it's funny the things you forget. Our favorite cat, Mr. Kitty was one of those "silent" meowers. He would open his mouth and out would come one quick "ehk". We would burst out laughing every time, and then we'd imitate him. "Ehk!" we'd both say, "Ehk!" Boy, did he have us wrapped around his little paw!
|As evidenced by the calendar on the fridge, this was during my Crazy Cat Lady phase|
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