New Simon's Cat video focuses on cat sounds
09 September 2017
In the latest Simon’s Cat Logic series of videos, Creator Simon Tofield and Cats Protection’s Behaviour Manager Nicky Trevorrow team up to talk about how cats communicate through sound.
With the help of Simon’s cats Teddy and Maisy, he explains that while all cats have their own personalities, its’ their sounds that really define them.
Teddy likes to chirp, purr and meow, while Maisy is quieter. Simon explains this may be something to do with the fact that Maisy is a former stray and hasn’t had to communicate with humans during her early years.
Nicky explains: “Meowing isn’t a natural behaviour for cats. Out in the wild, they wouldn’t be communicating through vocal communications. They mainly do it through scent. They also rely on body language and facial expressions too.”
Nicky goes on to explain that communicating through sound is a learnt behaviour by cats, influenced by their owners.
“The cat will use different sounds, depending on how their owner responds. This is very much a learnt behaviour with people, which is why if you’re a chatty owner, you might have a chatty cat.”
If you want to learn more about cat behaviour, take a look at the behaviour hub
on our website.
Does your cat have a distinctive sound? Tell us on Twitter @catsprotection, using the hashtag #SimonsCatLogic