Why Do Cats Meow

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Cat communication is the range of methods by which cats communicate with other cats, humans, and other animals. Communication methods include postures, movement (including "quick, fine" movements not generally perceived by human beings), noises and chemical signals.[1] The communication methods used by cats have been affected by domestication.Cats vocalize with chirrups, purrs, growls, hisses, and meows. Meows are one of the most widely known cat sounds. In nature, the meow is a sound used by a cat to signal a request to its mother. Adult cats do not usually meow to each other, and so the meowing to human beings that domesticated cats exhibit is likely partly an extension of the use by kittens of this plaintive meow signal.[3] The word "meow" (or "miaow") is onomatopoeic. Different languages have correspondingly different words for the "meow" sound, including miau (Belarusian, Croatian, Hungarian, Dutch, Finnish, Lithuanian, Malay, German, Polish, Russian, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish and Ukrainian), mňau (Czech), meong (Indonesian), niau (Ukrainian), niaou (νιάου,[4] Greek), miaou (French), nya (ニャ, Japanese), miao (喵, Mandarin Chinese, Italian), miav/miao or mjav/mjau (Danish and Norwegian), mjá (Icelandic), ya-ong (야옹, Korean) and meo-meo (Vietnamese).[5] In some languages (such as Chinese 貓, māo), the vocalization became the name of the animal itself. Dr Susanne Schötz of Lund University in Sweden provides an acoustic analysis of a number of felid vocalizations, including chatters, meows, murmurs, and combinations of these sounds.[6] Most cats growl or hiss when angered or feeling threatened, which serves as a warning to the offending party. If the warning is not heeded, a more serious attack may follow. Some may engage in nipping behavior or batting with their paws, with claws either extended or retracted. Cats sometimes make chirping or chattering

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