Adult cats meow to communicate with humans, not other cats. It's a way to ask for attention, food, or express a "welcome home" greeting.
A cat's purr is a soothing rumble of contentment when happy. It can also occur when agitated, but body language helps distinguish the meaning.
Kittenhood chirps are declarative cat noises for attention or to highlight something important. They can also indicate excitement and happiness in cats.
Cat's teeth-chattering indicates predatory excitement or frustration at being unable to reach prey. It mimics bird or rodent calls, but evidence is anecdotal.
A cat's hiss is a clear sign of feeling threatened and ready to fight. It is accompanied by changes in body language. Remove the perceived threat when it occurs.
Yowling indicates worry, discomfort, territorial concerns, mating issues, or illness. Check for health problems and provide stimulation to address boredom.
The caterwaul is an abbreviated, hollow-sounding yowl made by females in heat to attract mates. They seek to go outside and encounter yowling males.
en both pets are calm and going about their normal business, you can arrange for their first meeting.
Snarls and growls accompany hissing, indicating fear, anger, or territorial threat. Leave the cat alone unless in immediate danger. Defensive body posture accompanies these vocalizations.
Shorthaired cats are often more talkative. Breeds like Abyssinian, Siamese, Bengal, and more from Asia tend to be naturally chatty.