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Offline cheryl j

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Cat's meow
« on: 21/08/2013 01:01:37 »
According to OMG Facts Animals (which is not always the most accurate, I found) cats do not meow to other cats, just humans. I was wondering if anyone knows if this is true. It does seem that kittens meow when the mother leaves them. How does one eavesdrop on cats without them knowing it? One thing I always did find weird was how sometimes my cat's meow goes up like a question and other times it doesn't in an oddly appropriate way. It has a different meow for when it wants me to open the door and different one when he wants to be fed.


 

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Re: Cat's meow
« Reply #1 on: 22/08/2013 18:51:55 »
One hypothesis I've heard is that domestication has led to infantile meowing extending into adulthood and becoming more nuanced so as to communicate more effectively with humans. I don't know if there's evidence to support this.
 

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Re: Cat's meow
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