What Your Cat’s Meowing Actually Means
Or: how to speak feline
Ever wonder what the hell your kitty is trying to tell you (beyond: hey, I’m about to barf up a hairball)? In his new book, How to Speak Cat, animal behaviorist Dr. Gary Weitzman purports to decode some key feline “phrases.” Here’s what your little guy might be communicating:
Purring: In addition to signaling happiness, a low insistent rumbling might also mean “I’m injured” or “I’m sick.” Basically, purring is a cat’s way of saying “Stick around here with me.”
Slow Blinking: “I feel so close to you right now, I could kiss you. But since I’m a cat, this slow blink will have to do.”
Leg Rubbing: “Dude! I’m glad to see you again!”
Flattened Ears: “I’m totally pissed off or scared and you’d better stay away.”
Meowing: Believe it or not, cats don’t meow to one another. Rather, scientists believe it’s a behavior developed to communicate specifically with their owners. So when your cat’s meowing at you, look deep within yourself--you know what she’s saying.