Why do cats chirp

Why do cats chirp

If you have a pet cat, or have observed another cat, you probably have heard some strange sound that resembles a cat talking to itself or birds it observes out the window. Is this the sound cats make when they see flying prey or something else?

Cats make even more than 30 sounds, each important and with a meaning. Especially interesting is the chirping sound cats make, described below based on theories and examples.

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Different theories

Certain experts believe that this could link to some frustration of not being close enough to a prey at hand. Some would say this is a reflex thing from excitement and anticipation to get the neck of the prey.

Others would say this is the cat having control over her prey hunting excitement. In general, this sound leans more toward feeling excited, rather than being a ‘natural born killer’ – at least for domesticated cats.

Is this sound some frustration?

People believe that these chirping sounds of cats while they spotted a bird are due to them being frustrated of being far from the desired prey. The cat feels unable to move forward and closer to the birds and feels less ‘hunter-like’ than it should be.

Another opinion is that the cat after all, simply wants to mimic the bird to allure it better – this is a trick to test if the bird would stay by hearing another bird sound and get even closer to the cat.

Or maybe excitement?

There is a possibility that these sounds are simply and solely excitement. The cat does not have to be frustrated regarding the prey, and could just feel delighted about seeing a bird nearby, thus releasing special sounds.

Trills and chirping sounds explained

Cats learn these declarative sounds in kittenhood. With this sound, mothers teach kittens to follow her toward foods, also the cat could seek your attention and with this let you know it is excited and thrilled about something.

Also, the cat will chirp if she wants to tell you to feed her or she is excited about showing you something she found outdoors. If the reason is not feeding or joy, then it is adrenaline mood of mimicking the prey’s sounds in a cunning and clever way.

This is seen in all cats, including domesticated ones. If the cat is outside, then she probably spotted some bird or squirrel, but if she is inside, she has certainly spotted some bug on the floor or wall.

Feline experts for cat behavior claim cats use muscle moves when they chirp, similar to those of the ‘neck bite’ of wild cats killing rodents and birds. Out of the frustration of not being close to the prey, cats mimic the neck bite as much as they can.

This sound happens, regardless of the cat being in or out, however being indoors is safer for both your cat and wildlife.

For indoors setting, expect the cat to be friendly toward other animals (although this rarely happens, but is possible), and remember to never leave other pets and your cat alone; throw a glance at them once in a while since you never know what the cat can do to a rabbit, hamster or parrot pet – being safe than sorry is your guideline.

To lessen the cat’s frustration due to distant preys, entertain the cat with lasers, foil balls, feather chasers, catnip toys and many others.

For even more detailed explanations of the cat’s language and behaviors, see Cat Language Bible and understand what your cat is trying to tell you.

Chirping back

A fun activity between you and your cat would be to try and chirp back. If you are one of those who dislike killing bugs, simply imitate a chirping sound and your cat would be intrigued to see who and why makes this sound. Who knows, you might even make the cat do the bug-killing job.

Owners’ personal experiences with their cats

Most cat owners, not knowing all the exact meanings or terms, shared their own experiences with their pet cats.

Some say the cats chirp when their eyes meet with the owner’s, running to them with great joy. Others said the sound is a cross between few sounds or a simple high-pitch squirrel-like sound.

Some cats even make a ‘pigeon’ sound after they are woken up from their naps. Other cats chirp around the house for no apparent reason or aim. If your cat wants your attention and you ignore this, you can rarely expect the cat to approach you with a chirp.

Cats are indeed amazing and enigmatic animals. Learn how to communicate with them with the help of Cat Language Bible.

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