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Re: Cats--progress note

One of my younger cats, the black and white who looks a lot like Beans
did, is the most vocal cat I've ever had.  She talks in a musical little-girl
voice full of trills and burbles - just charming to hear.  Her gray sister is
generally pretty silent.  The older fat white female talks a lot, too, in a
real whiskey baritone - amusing but not at all feminine sounding.  The
old male is the strong silent type who never speaks unless he wants to
go out.  Maybe female cats, like another species, do the most talking?

In a message dated 11/01/2005 3:49:53 PM Eastern Standard Time, 
islandjim1@verizon.net writes:
Yeah, me too. I think they are ether asking questions ["Can I go out?"] 
or telling you something that's important to them ["Hey, bozo! My food 
bowl needs attention!"]. And once they learn that you will respond to 
them in a certain way to a certain sound, they seem to do their best to 
use the same sound that got desired results the last time. Animal 
behaviorists say cats make something like 109 distinct sounds [dogs 
make 8 or 9], and I don't think any of those cat sounds are without 
somewhat specific [if primitive] meanings. It's just that we're too 
dumb, usually, to figure it out.

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