It starts like a lullaby and ends like Stravinsky’s “The Rite Of Spring.” If you are a parent to one of the vocally gifted felines out there, you know what a blessing and a curse meowing can be. ‘Cause cats are fine, prudent, and everything, but given the opportunity, they will make sure not to miss a chance to yell like a metalhead.

The subreddit r/Catswhoyell is dedicated entirely to meows and meowing. “Cats yelling. All yells are valid and good. Yawns will be shamed,” states the description and it doesn’t lie. From screamin’ at sunset to filing a sounding complaint about feeding schedule, these are the cats whose vocal cords are turned to the max.

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We Decided To Make The Drive From Phoenix To Sf With Two Cats, Thinking It Would Be Easier Than A Flight. We Set Up A Metal Barrier To Keep Them In The Hatchback Trunk With Food/Water/Litter But They Squeezed Their Way Out In Less Than 10 Minutes. The Rest Of The Drive Was Chaos.

We Decided To Make The Drive From Phoenix To Sf With Two Cats, Thinking It Would Be Easier Than A Flight. We Set Up A Metal Barrier To Keep Them In The Hatchback Trunk With Food/Water/Litter But They Squeezed Their Way Out In Less Than 10 Minutes. The Rest Of The Drive Was Chaos.

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Cat Nip Gal
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2 months ago

Why hooman, WHYYYYYYYYYY!!!

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#2

It Screm

It Screm

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.Ms.M.
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2 months ago

Lady! Put down the phone and acknowledge my cuteness immediately!

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#3

He Yells In My Ear If His Dinner Is Late. Finally Caught One On Camera

He Yells In My Ear If His Dinner Is Late. Finally Caught One On Camera

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BrokenFlame
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2 months ago

"YOU HAVENT GIVEN ME MY REQUIRED SUSTENANCE! I THOUGHT I TRAINED YOU BETTER THEN THAT HOOMAN!"

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From short etudes to full-on performances, most cats would never miss a chance to show their vocals off as if they were competing in the X Cat-Factor. So we reached out to Celia Haddon, a certified cat behaviorist and the author of "A-Z. A Cat's Guide to Humans,” who helped us to navigate in the loud world of meowing.

It turns out, cats rarely meow to each other. “Communication between cats is by smell and tactile signals, and, of course, body language,” explained Celia. That means that most meows, with an open then closing mouth, are used more often towards their humans.

“Humans are vocal, so cats become more vocal as they get better at communication with us.” As a result, cats meow to get our attention, demand food, announce their arrival, and for many other reasons.

#4

A Compilation Of My Cat Jasmine Screaming At Me Because She Swatted Her Crinkle Toy Under The Stove. She Screams So Loud She Shuts Her Eyes Sometimes. The Neighbours Hear Her From Outside The House. My Cat Is A Banshee

A Compilation Of My Cat Jasmine Screaming At Me Because She Swatted Her Crinkle Toy Under The Stove. She Screams So Loud She Shuts Her Eyes Sometimes. The Neighbours Hear Her From Outside The House. My Cat Is A Banshee

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ƒιѕн
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2 months ago

That collar is way to big, it's not a break away collar, and it has a bell. Please take it off the cat.

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#5

I Took My Boy To The Vet. This Is How He Felt About It.

I Took My Boy To The Vet. This Is How He Felt About It.

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Mainecoonsandhuskies
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2 months ago

GET ME OUTTA HERE!

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#6

Aaa

Aaa

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FloC
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2 months ago

It's a Cheshire cat !!!

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The cat behaviorist asaid that while some cats are very vocal, others are completely silent. “They may do a silent meow with the mouth opening and closing with no sound at all.” But you can train your cat to get more vocal by responding every time he or she meows.

Celia also added that “Siamese and the pedigree breeds related to them are very vocal” and “they emit a longer, more wailing kind of meow.”

#7

I’m Extremely Blessed To Have My Own Tiny Lifeguard. Except, Instead Of Using A Whistle Or Attempting To Save Me. He Screams At Me In Terror... The Entire Time.

I’m Extremely Blessed To Have My Own Tiny Lifeguard. Except, Instead Of Using A Whistle Or Attempting To Save Me. He Screams At Me In Terror... The Entire Time.

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Ritchat
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2 months ago (edited)

Our cats must be soulmates. Mine does that too. Even when I shut the door, he'll sit outside waiting and screaming the entire time. „Water ist dangerous, hoooooman!“

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#8

She Wants To Be In

She Wants To Be In

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Cat Nip Gal
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2 months ago

Smart cat

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#9

Screamin' Sunset

Screamin' Sunset

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.Ms.M.
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2 months ago

Dis mah sunset! Get yer own!

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When it comes to feline vocals, there is a wide variety of different sounds coming out of their mouths that signify completely different things. “For example, when cats get angry, they do a yowl and not meow.” If the cat is terrified it makes “a kind of shriek.” “A kind of sexy, long, drawn-out yowl” is made when roaming cats are looking to mate.

However, when a cat is in pain or suffering, they usually remain silent, “which is why it is so difficult for us to recognize when they are in pain.” Celia explains that “making a noise when they are in pain just might get the attention of a larger animal that would come and eat them.” Thus, felines don't whine or whimper like a dog.

#10

Daegon Channeling The Beast Inside Of Him

Daegon Channeling The Beast Inside Of Him

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Perfumista Perfumista
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2 months ago

You shouldn't have given him ideas

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#11

Move Human!!!

Move Human!!!

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Opazi Marcha
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2 months ago

Dis cat is broken

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#12

This Is My Baby Boy Haru, Currently Screaming At The Snow

This Is My Baby Boy Haru, Currently Screaming At The Snow

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David Kohn
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2 months ago

I NEED TO SPEAK TO THE SKYS MANAGER

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#13

This Is Fridge. She Would Like To File A Formal Complaint With The Staff About Feeding Schedules.

This Is Fridge. She Would Like To File A Formal Complaint With The Staff About Feeding Schedules.

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glowworm2
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2 months ago

I love that her name is Fridge!

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#14

Gish Has A Lot To Say

Gish Has A Lot To Say

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Pan Narrans
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2 months ago

Probably just politely asking you to put the food down, instead of making effing stupid pictures!!!

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#15

For Those Who Wondered Why I Didn't Post The Daily Yell Anymore: My 20y Old Yeller Got A Sick Heart And Lung. I Had Many Vet Visits And She's Probably Not Going To Live That Long Anymore.

For Those Who Wondered Why I Didn't Post The Daily Yell Anymore: My 20y Old Yeller Got A Sick Heart And Lung. I Had Many Vet Visits And She's Probably Not Going To Live That Long Anymore.

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spirit wolf
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2 months ago

Awwww <3

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#16

The Foster Lady Said He Was Quiet. Gerald Has Been Yelling At Me For Two Years Now.

The Foster Lady Said He Was Quiet. Gerald Has Been Yelling At Me For Two Years Now.

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.Ms.M.
Community Member
2 months ago

Side note: that lil froggie is waving at us

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#17

This Little Lady's Screams Saved Her Life When My BF Heard Her Shouting From Under His Car On A -15° Day. She Has Bones Sticking Out, A Crusty Eye, A Sinus Infection And Badly Frostbitten Beans. Going To The Vet Today!

This Little Lady's Screams Saved Her Life When My BF Heard Her Shouting From Under His Car On A -15° Day. She Has Bones Sticking Out, A Crusty Eye, A Sinus Infection And Badly Frostbitten Beans. Going To The Vet Today!

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Kathy Baylis
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2 months ago (edited)

That’s how we got our Tabby (short for Tabitha) on 5/25/2020—which was also our 19th anniversary. 36 hours before we heard something yowling outside, but couldn’t find it (it was dark). Noontime on the 25th heard it again, this time next to the house. There she was, behind a bush, pressed flat against the wall, about 5-6 weeks old, weighing less than one pound, evidently dumped all by herself (if I ever find the rat bastard who did it, they will regret it), and terrified. We live in a rural area, and have foxes, snakes, and eagles in the woods behind us, and she was the right size to be a snack for any of them. What really struck us is how such a tiny little kitten, who now only meows in a faint squeak, could’ve yowled with the lungs of an elephant that one night and next day. Guess she really wanted to get our attention! It’s now 7/20/2020, she’s gotten really big, and we’ve discovered she’s really smart too. She’s also fearless, sassy, curious, and incredibly sweet, friendly, and funny. I am looking forward to 20 happy years watching her learn new things, clown around, and sweetly cuddle everybody she can get next to.

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#18

“Use Yer Heckin Blinker Next Time, Ya Overgrown Hairball”

“Use Yer Heckin Blinker Next Time, Ya Overgrown Hairball”

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David Kohn
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2 months ago

new york 101

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#19

This Is Waffles. Waffles Has Been Shouting At Me For 10 Years. She’s My Ride Or Die.

This Is Waffles. Waffles Has Been Shouting At Me For 10 Years. She’s My Ride Or Die.

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Raine Soo
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2 months ago

Waffles! Such a cute name.

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#20

I Have A Whole Album On My Phone Called “Wahhh” That’s Just Pics Of Cherry Yelling At Me

I Have A Whole Album On My Phone Called “Wahhh” That’s Just Pics Of Cherry Yelling At Me

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ArhomR
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2 months ago

Looks serious. But cute.

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#21

Most Of The Time When He Opens His Mouth, There’s Just Silence — I Caught Him Making His Best Yell, Here.

Most Of The Time When He Opens His Mouth, There’s Just Silence — I Caught Him Making His Best Yell, Here.

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.Ms.M.
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2 months ago

If I fits, I (kinda) sits

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#22

So I Adopted This Guy 2 Months Ago, He’s A Retired Breeder. 9 Years Old. This Is The First Thing He’s Said To Me, Also The First Time He Approached Me

So I Adopted This Guy 2 Months Ago, He’s A Retired Breeder. 9 Years Old. This Is The First Thing He’s Said To Me, Also The First Time He Approached Me

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Kate Yeti
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2 months ago

Gorgeous floof boy! Good on ya for taking in an older cat. He's got a lot of years left to enjoy yelling at you ❤

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#23

The Kittens Were Hungry. So Many Little Yells. The Jump Yell Is My Favorite.

The Kittens Were Hungry. So Many Little Yells. The Jump Yell Is My Favorite.

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ArhomR
Community Member
2 months ago

Mine too.

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#24

I Took My Indoor Cat Outside For The First Time Ever And She Was Not A Fan

I Took My Indoor Cat Outside For The First Time Ever And She Was Not A Fan

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Samantha Lomb
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2 months ago

I find rubbing them, particularly around the tail and allowing them to scent mark you helps make cats more confident on a leash. Now when mine go out and they get nervous I ask them for boops and it really does make them more confident.

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#25

Every Morning After Breakfast Jake Comes In To Report His Grievances To Me.

Every Morning After Breakfast Jake Comes In To Report His Grievances To Me.

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Raine Soo
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

Jake is cute, but I would take his daily grievances seriously. Just sayin'.

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#26

21 Year Old Pepsi Is Deaf And Looking For Owner - Finds With Joy

21 Year Old Pepsi Is Deaf And Looking For Owner - Finds With Joy

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ArhomR
Community Member
2 months ago

At that age she can do pretty much as she wants.

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#27

My Little Old Man Loved This Game. I Miss Him Every Day

My Little Old Man Loved This Game. I Miss Him Every Day

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Tiffany
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2 months ago

I'm very sorry for your loss.

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#28

How Can Something Be Sooo Annoying, Yet So Loveable?

How Can Something Be Sooo Annoying, Yet So Loveable?

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chillchillpill
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2 months ago

My sister too

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#29

Gizmo Wanted To Be In The Bathroom, But Now He Doesn't ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Gizmo Wanted To Be In The Bathroom, But Now He Doesn't ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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Raine Soo
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2 months ago

Let meowt! Let meowt!

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#30

She Gets Concerned When I'm Outside Without Her

She Gets Concerned When I'm Outside Without Her

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ArhomR
Community Member
2 months ago

Romeow, Romeow wherefore art thou, Romeow!

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