When we found Vimsan, her leg was badly injured. We took her to the vet and treated her wound before she was introduced to our resident three cats. Back then, Vimsan often mewed in this sad way. We still don't know for sure if it was because she was in pain or because she wanted to get rid of her uncomfortable elizabethan collar and be allowed to go outside again.
Sometimes a few long and demanding squeaks are all you need to get your human to come with you to open the door to the garden. :-)
The domestic cat Donna squeaks and trills and also produces combinations of trills and squeaks whenever she wants something urgently; in this case to be let outside into the garden. It is always as if she was saying "Come, follow me to the door!"
The domestic cat Donna often combines or merges soft squeaks or trills with purring – is it a soft squeak embedded within a purr? – when she wants to cuddle (and after that she purrs and trills in various combinations).
Donna, Rocky and Turbo are sitting in their cat carriers in the waiting room at the vet moaning. These sounds were used in one of our listening experiments. Can you hear how the melody of these moaning sounds often falls towards the end?
Kompis has just been to see the vet, and on his way home he moans, meows, howls and growls because he so dislikes being locked up in his cat carrier. The message is clear: "Get me out of here!".
Turbo often uses these hoarse meows when he wants the attention of his human caretakers. In this video clip I think he just wants (or should I say demands :-) to be lifted up and be cuddled. When he gets what he wants he stops meowing and starts to trill and purr instead.
Zoran, who lives with our friends Peter and Marie, often sits by the cellar door and meows until they open the door for him.
These six food soliciting meow sounds by Donna and Turbo were used in one of our listening experiments. Can you hear how the melody often rises towards the end?
The domestic cat Donna often combines trills with meows or squeaks in complex vocalisations with rising melody when she wants my attention and doesn't get it right away. In this video clip she probably wants me to play with her.