Learn To Speak Cat – Simon’s Cat | LOGIC #11

Hello, I’m Simon – welcome to Simon’s Cat
Logic, we’ll be finding out from a cat expert why cats behave the way they do,
and today we’re finding out about ‘Cat Sounds’ Well, of course all cats have their
own personalities and I know with my cats it’s the sounds they make, which
really helps define them from each other. Well, I think the most vocal one of all of my cats has to be big fluffy Teddy, he’s such a loving cat that when he comes into the room he lets you know the great big chirp, his
tail’s in the air, he’s happy and he loves to purr and puggle and he will meow all
all the time for food! In contrast to Teddy, I have Maisie, big Maisie, and she was a rescue cat, so when she was a tiny kitten,
she spent the first eight months on the streets, so she didn’t really learn to meow, because she was living with other cats and as a consequence, she doesn’t really
meow, so she’s very quiet and she’ll go make a little tiny noise, instead of a meow
but she’s a very affectionate can she purrs for England, so she makes up
for not having a voice by purring as loud as she can. [Meoooooooow] Meowing is not actually a natural behaviour for cats, out in the wild they wouldn’t be communicating with one another through
vocal communication, and it’s the same for feral colonies, when cats are
communicating with each other they actually prefer to use scent
communication primarily, but they’ll also rely on facial expression and body
language as well. But, with our pet cats they tend to be quite chatty. What’s
really interesting is that this is a communication form that builds up over
time with owners and their cats. The cat will develop specific meows depending on how their owner responds. So if a cat does meow for example, to say open the
door and the owner does this, then that cat will learn that that’s going to get
the response it wants, and it’s more likely to do that particular type of meow next time.
This is very much a learnt behaviour with people, so if you’re a chatty owner
you may well find you have a chatty cat. When a cat growls at you it’s usually
because they feel threatened in some way. Essentially what the cat is saying is
stay back, because I will strike or attack if you come any closer.
Growling is quite a distinct sound and other animals that are much larger use
low-pitched sounds, when they’re being threatening. So cats may be using the
growl, to be more intimidating to other cats in order to get them to back off.
Cats are often heard growling around food, either to tell humans or
other cats to stay away, this is a perfectly natural behaviour because out
in the wild, they’re solitary animals and they wouldn’t be sharing their food
with others. A cat may hiss for a variety of
reasons, whether it’s because they’re poorly socialised or they’ve learned
a negative association with something that we are unaware of. Cats that are hissing
or spitting are very likely to scratch or bite and that’s why it’s very wise to
leave them alone when they’re showing these behaviours. If it’s uncharacteristic
for your cat to hiss, then certainly the first thing we recommend, is getting the
health checked by the vet, because it may be they have an underlying medical
problems such as being in pain for example and it’s crucial to get this
ruled out first. Purring is one of those sounds that
we’re all familiar, with generally speaking it’s when cats are being nice
and content, this is a behaviour that kittens can show just after they’ve been
born, it’s a form of communication with their mother that all as well. The mother
will also purr back say that all is well her end too. Cats will generally purr when
they’re stretched out in the sun or lying on your lap. But there are other
types of purr, there is another type of purr called the solicitation purr, this
sounds more urgent to the owner and they often asking for food or attention.
Scientists have discovered that it has an embedded frequency that sounds
like a human cry, although purring is usually a sign that a cat is content,
they can also purr when they’re in pain. Now, if you’re concerned look at the
context of the cat, are they asleep and feeling nice and relaxed? Or could
there be other medical signs that there’s an underlying medical problem? When I had finished my very first Simon’s cat film,
I started to think about the cat noises he would make, I had a silent film, the
cat was acting but he had no voice. First of all I thought about putting real-life
cat noises on top of the cartoon. But I soon found out this didn’t really
work, they weren’t really gelling together. So then I thought, well…l I’ve kept
cats all my life I know the noises they would make him and how his mind is
working and what noises he would make in that situation. So then I thought I’d
give it a go. Meow Meow And, it works… So ever since then, I’ve recorded all the cat noises myself!

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