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Have you ever heard a cat "chirp"?

Asked by Brian1946 (27795points) November 18th, 2019

My kitty Katrina occasionally “chirps”, and I LOVE it: she’s such a delightful little character.

How do you think cats can accomplish this avian activity?

I think I know how she does it, and perhaps your supposition agrees with mine.

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SEKA's avatar

My cat doesn’t chirp; however, she does squeak. Her name is Squeaks because that was the very first sound that I heard come out of her mouth. I assume that it has something to do with their vocal cords. She has the ability to meow, but more often than not a squeak comes out

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

Yep! I have two Maine Coons and they are known for that trilling,chirp noise.They
do it often and it’s really charming:)

Dutchess_lll's avatar

In my experience it’s the sound mothers cats make when talking to their baby.
Vanta was abandoned on our back deck when she was 5 weeks old.
We got her spayed ASAP and she’s never had any babies.
She’ll carry children’s socks in her mouth and chirp like a mama cat. Fascinating.

Brian1946's avatar

Here’s how Roofy (AKA Katrina) chirps:

Even though she’s about 7 YO, she still does a lot of purring. When she simultaneously mews and purrs, the acoustic synthesis sounds a lot like chirping. :-)

jca2's avatar

One of mine chirps when he’s happy.

johnpowell's avatar

All my cat does is sleep for 23 hours and then want me to open the door. And then it wants back in.. Repeat that 30 times until I give up.

Mimishu1995's avatar

I have no experience with cats, so I was thinking your cat was trying to lure some birds in :P

anniereborn's avatar

My kitty Annie did that a lot. I don’t know how she did it, but it was indeed adorable. Sadly she died 8 months ago :(

SQUEEKY2's avatar

Ours does it when excited, like a bird landed near the window.

Dutchess_lll's avatar

So sorry to hear about your cat @anniereborn.

Brian1946's avatar


Maybe she was trying to lure some birds, but instead she got stuck with me. ;-p

Patty_Melt's avatar

Oh Lucy, your kitties are beautiful!

Zaku's avatar

Not sure what you mean by chirp. I think you likely mean what I call “chitter”, which like @SQUEEKY2 wrote, in my experience, tends to be when they’re excited about something they can’t get to, such as a bird or squirrel that they can see moving around on the other side of a window.

jca2's avatar

@Zaku: Mine do that, too but the chirping is something else.

rebbel's avatar

Yes, our cat, who was born from a stray cat mother, is doing that whenever she’s praying on birds.
It’s the cutest thing.
He’s definitely a wild cat: climbs the highest trees, and is able to get out of it again.
I had four typical house cats, in the Netherlands (our current cat is a Greek), and only one of them made that funny sound.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

Our rescue cat would chirp at any flying insect that happened to get in the house.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@Patty_Melt -Thanks!
They are the sweetest kitties :)

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