It’s Mondays with Merlin! How ya’ll doing? As many of you know, I’m an old Siamese cat who likes to talk. I’ll be turning 19 this year and I always have something to say. Did you know cats can talk while inhaling and exhaling? Listen to this video and tell me what you think I’m saying. According to my mom Layla, cats have about 100 different kinds of vocalizations and every cat has a unique voice. Purring is our most famous sound but even purrs can vary from deep and rumbly like Domino, faint and dry like Gris Gris or wet and gurgly like Odin. Mine have grown softer as I’ve aged but my lung power is still thunderous. Besides purrs, cats have smorgasbord or mews, meows, murrs, trills, chirps, whines, yowls, caterwauls, growls and hisses. They can be barely audible or like a foghorn, open or close-mouthed, deep or shrill, high or low pitched. I have a large repertoire of meezerspeak but about a year ago I mastered the head tilt like coyote’s howl like in this video.
Have you noticed your cat making new or different sounds? Do you speak cat?
For those of you with a scientific bent, here’s an abstract:Representations of Cat Meows and Human Vowels in the Primary Auditory Cortex of Awake Cats from the Journal of Neurophysiology of the American Society of Physiology
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