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Whenever cats talk, most humans hear meow or miaou. Or perhaps even spelled a different way from either of those. It’s hard to say if the cat is reciting one of their latest poems or an article for a magazine, or just hi, but one thing is clear. Cats do talk to their humans. Cats do have things to say. Not necessarily all the time. Sometimes they ask us questions or confirm what they think we are saying to them. Make no mistake meow or miaou means a lot coming from a cat even if humans don’t always know what it means.

Meow How

Cats might meow,
And some would wonder
How dogs would like to
Act sadistically
Towards felines,
When in fact,
All living creatures
Have their own unique features
As a global Animal Kingdom,
And hopefully human beings
Would have the wisdom
To help the Earth,
And possibly create
And appreciate
A new world
Begun at birth

Cat Quotes 3:06

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Cats do not have to be shown how to have a good time, for they are unfailing ingenious in that respect. —James Mason

Cats have a grand old time in my presence. They’ve given me some great pointers on how to have a good time with them. They never seemed to mind when I was watching them. I know they watch me too. All the wrestling Sir Socks and Spot have done in front of me was amazing to watch.

Meow is like aloha — it can mean anything. —Hank Ketchum

Of course meow means a lot of different things. Cats tend to use one syllable over and over again until we understand them. They know we can’t completely understand whatever they say, but that never stops them from talking to us when they need to.

Cat Quotes 3:02

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A meow massages the heart. —Stuart McMillan

There is nothing like a cat talking. They don’t even have to be talking to me. They could be talking to another cat and I don’t mind listening to them. They are people with a different language. They know I have a had time with their language, but they have their ways of talking to me with a simple meow.

If we treated everyone we meet with the same affection we bestow upon our favorite cat, they, too, would purr. —Martin Buxbaum

So true for the most part. If we all treated each other better, we would get better treatment in return. Cats know this better than many humans who are too selfish and inconsiderate to even be nice to others. Or even perhaps to themselves.

Cat Quotes 2:09

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Meow is like aloha—it can mean anything. —Hank Ketchum

It only sounds like meow to us humans. There are subtle nuances to every meow we hear unless the cat is repeating the same syllable to a human who just doesn’t understand more complex sentences they can speak among themselves.

As every cat owner knows, nobody owns a cat. —Ellen Perry Berkeley

This is very true. If you ask any cat they will tell you bluntly that you can never ever own one of them. I don’t even try to own one. I just live with them.

Cat Quotes 2:03

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Cats are intended to teach us that not everything in nature has a purpose. —Garrison Keillor

Cats don’t have a purpose? What about putting us in our place? What about teaching us we aren’t the only intelligent species on this planet? What about teaching us how to treat them with respect to earn their respect in return?

A meow massages the heart. —Stuart McMillan

Yes, it does. It’s wonderful to hear a pleasant meow. A greeting or Nuri’s happy sound. The sound she makes when she is happy to see me and will let me pick her up and cuddle her as she purrs.

Cat’s Meow

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This month’s cat vocabulary is a term known as the cat’s meow, which is an expression for something that is fabulous. A cat’s meow literally can be anything. Cats tend to be quiet, unless they are vocal ones. Then they sound might as if they are complaining all the time. People used to tell me Sir Socks was too whiny. But he was just stating what was wrong and he hoped I could take care of the problem.

But the cat’s meow is a good thing. For creatures who tend to be quiet and use stealth without much thought, their meow when it comes tends to be a good thing. They could just be saying hello to us or something else which can be a good thing to hear. Or it could be that something isn’t right with them and they want our help with it. I’m glad Sir Socks told all he needed to tell me. From him I learned how to take care of cats in general. Now when I deal with strange cats who need care, it’s easy to take care of them.


graphic by Ali Noel Vyain

When we cats talk, all you humans hear is meow. But we do use actual words. I myself have learned lots of English over the years living among humans. I have tried to speak English, but sadly my vocal apparatus won’t let me form the sounds correctly.

So, I’ve learned to adapt my cat language so that humans would understand me. Too many have complained that I’m loud and whiny. I’m just assertive. I am particular as to how I like to be care for. It seems to me that too many humans are too distracted or just simply don’t care enough to even listen and try.

That is until I met my girl. She is the best caregiver and caretaker I could ever ask for. She listens to my complains and requests and does something about them all. She’s learned and become so good at taking care of me that I don’t need to talk as much as I used to.

She just knows what to do now. I’ve very lucky. I’ve known many humans in my time and she’s the best one for me in spite of how silly she gets at times. *Sigh.* I do love her dearly in spite of her silliness.

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