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My cat does not meow, has almost no voice?

post #1 of 54
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He is 1 1/2. I found him and raised him from about 3-4 weeks old. He has been around an older female cat(not related) all his life that is very vocal so its not like he just was not around other cats and never learned/heard what a cat sounds like. He makes quiet gaspy/raspy sounds once in while but no meows or other normal sounds. He did some meows and hisses when a baby but that was it. He is healthy and been to vet. Shot, neuter etc. Just did not ask about the no voice thing. Does anyone haave a cat that is like this or heard about this sort of thiing before? Thanks.
post #2 of 54
There are cats like that, he's not alone, but I suppose if you asked your vet to take a look down his throat at his vocal cords to see if there's anything wrong it wouldn't hurt. I really just think he's one of the quiet ones though, and unless something else becomes obvious, I wouldn't worry a lot.
post #3 of 54
I had a cat like that too. He'd only make a little squeaky voice once in awhile. Hence his name squeakers. It never became a problem and was just a cute personality quirk.
post #4 of 54
My SiL has a cat like that he is 9 and has never made a sound, he is fit and healthy just has nothing to say
post #5 of 54
My vet told me that some cats just don't meow or or not very vocal. My Marge never meows--just squeaks. It still wouldn't hurt to ask your vet, but I think everything sounds normal with your cat.

MargeCat
post #6 of 54
Scampi Marie is a squeaker, she sounds like a mouse and has never meowed.

If your cat has never had a voice it's probably just the way he is. You could always ask your vet just to rule out any problems.
post #7 of 54
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He is 1 1/2. I found him and raised him from about 3-4 weeks old. He has been around an older female cat(not related) all his life that is very vocal so its not like he just was not around other cats and never learned/heard what a cat sounds like. He makes quiet gaspy/raspy sounds once in while but no meows or other normal sounds. He did some meows and hisses when a baby but that was it. He is healthy and been to vet. Shot, neuter etc. Just did not ask about the no voice thing.
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Does anyone haave a cat that is like this or heard about this sort of thiing before?
Thanks.
I cannot hear my cat meow at all and he is eight months old but my wife can hear him. I know a lot of people that would be happy with this arrangment, but I was worried about this too, until I started reading this forum and seeing how normal it was.
post #8 of 54
dante is real quiet too, he would make clicky noises occasionally, but i think i've only ever heard him meow once. i asked the vet and he said it was normal and that some kitties just make different noises.
post #9 of 54
Jaden has a very quiet voice as well. She can meow and does, in the mornings when she wants her "meow mix." Some times, she'll open her mouth as if she's meowing but no sound comes out. The rest of the time she makes these little chirp sounds, which we call twitters. It's very cute actually. I think different cats just make different noises, which their owners adapt to. There really isn't a set "cat" language.
post #10 of 54
Our Mika has a voice defect (something to do with the shape of her voicebox) so she can't meow either. She makes little "huffing" noises which I think are just adorable but I'm also very biased.
post #11 of 54
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Our Mika has a voice defect (something to do with the shape of her voicebox) so she can't meow either. She makes little "huffing" noises which I think are just adorable
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but I'm also very biased
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As well you should be!
post #12 of 54
Our Rusty is very quiet also, He is a big macho looking guy but he has a real high squeaky meow when he does "talk". Panther who has the same mom as Rusty but Panther is from a earlier bunch of kittens is always "talking" and he has a nice sounding voice. My kitten Cozmo has a deeper voice than Rusty does. Rusty was real sick and almost died when he was small, I wonder if that has anything to do with his high voice.
post #13 of 54
My Cats all sound different. Puddems is a yowler. He has got to be heard. Tinkerbell opens her mouth but nothing comes out. Except when she is talking to her babies. then it is a quiet little brrrow. Kink has a sweet little meow. Puss Chirps and grumbles. The 2 girl kits Tiffany and Christine have sweet lil voices but Chucky the boy has a ruff meow. So cute coming out of an 8 week old kitten.
Everyone is different.
post #14 of 54
my cat rarely meows. she will chirp when bird watching and makes a little squeak when she jumps into my lap but she definitely is not a talker. I have never heard her hiss either. Once she growled slightly at the vets.

i like it.
post #15 of 54
Our Penelope was a stray that had severe bronchitis when I rescued her - her vocal chords were damaged so she has a very teeny meow. But she's quite happy and gets her messages across in other ways!

What is amusing is that a year ago we got her a brother, Maverick - he mimics her teeny meow now and I know he has a good set of lungs on him!
post #16 of 54
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my cat rarely meows. she will chirp when bird watching and makes a little squeak when she jumps into my lap but she definitely is not a talker. I have never heard her hiss either. Once she growled slightly at the vets.

i like it.
Mine chirp too - but only when they are watching birds outside
I love the chirps!! Especially when I get 2 or 3 of them going at the same time.

As for having no "meow" - Pebbles is like that. In fact many times she opens her mouth and nothing comes out. I know she can do it - I've heard her, but she's got a way of trying to sound pathetic. It's the cutest thing to see them open their mouth to meow and silence...hehe.
post #17 of 54
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Mine chirp too - but only when they are watching birds outside
I love the chirps!! Especially when I get 2 or 3 of them going at the same time.

As for having no "meow" - Pebbles is like that. In fact many times she opens her mouth and nothing comes out. I know she can do it - I've heard her, but she's got a way of trying to sound pathetic. It's the cutest thing to see them open their mouth to meow and silence...hehe.
A definite ploy for attention.

How could you not love em'?
post #18 of 54
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As well you should be!
And with that gorgeous Persi you are well acquainted with those feelings too I am sure.
post #19 of 54
I had read and seen on a TV special about Cats that "naturally" they don't meow. In other words, Cats don't meow at each other... Meowing is what they do with and around HUMANS only, as an attempt to communicate with us.

I'd imagine, since we've all heard all different kinds of meowing, trilling, squeaking, that each cat's attempt to communicate with it's human can be different

Wouldn't hurt to mention it to the vet, but he's probably fine
post #20 of 54
My old kitty Megan was an odd meower too. She would leave out the "me" part. or she would open her mouth and nothing would come out. It was so cute.

One of our cats now, Morgan, doesn't really meow. She coos like a bird! Its like: "mwrrrrr"... When she's playing or running about, she will make cooing sounds. Or when she wants my door open, I'll hear her. She sounds so sad, but looks happy when she does it. (Unless you look at her eyes...they are round! Her eyes always look sad because of this. Her nick-name is "Button-eyes")
Sometimes when she's looking for Dash (Our other cat. They love playing together.) she'll make that sound. It is odd.
post #21 of 54
My kitties are both talkers, especially around feeding time! I have known some cats that only make little squeaky meows, and that's the way they are. Cats can also meow at a higher pitch than we can hear, that's why sometimes when they open their mouth to meow we don't hear anything.
post #22 of 54
well, i have 4 cats, & i can tell who's talking w/o looking! Chip is the loudest, both meowing & purring, Pixel does this 'purrow' kinda thing, Cable sorta squeaks, & Java has this little babyish 'mew' - when she chooses to make any noise at all, that is. Java is a very quiet kitty - i hardly ever hear her meow or purr either one.
post #23 of 54

HI HAVE TWO CATS (BROTHERS) THAT WE ADOPED AT A SHELTER AT 3 MONS OLD THEY ARE NOW 9 MONTHS, 1 MEOWS, BUT THE OTHER ONE DOESN'T, I DON'T KNOW WHY, THEY ARE BOTH HEATLTY HAD ALL THEIR SHOTS, BUT AS HE GETS BIGGER HE DOESN'T MAKE A SOUND, PLAYS WITH HIS BROTHER BUT NO SOUND, THE OTHER ONE MEOWS BUT IN A WEIRD WAY OR SOUND. IF ANYONE ALSO KNOWS THE ANSWER TO THIS PLEASE LET ME KNOW.

post #24 of 54

Our 10 year old cat barely had a thing to say for the first 6 months we had adopted him.  Maybe he was shy around us? laughing02.gif

 

He still isn't very vocal; he communicates by actions and quite well I may add.  The only time he gets talky seems to be when my BF leaves the room and heads upstairs to work in his office.  For some reason Casper will conveniently "forget" how to walk up the stairs, and will sit at the bottom of the landing yowling to him.  Most times if BF calls him he'll then run up but other times he just keeps yowling until he comes and scoops him up!  He loves being with him in that room; as there is a piece of furniture that my BF put a pillow on, right by the window that Casper can lounge on while he's working.  And it's petting distance from his hand lol. 

 

And I mean "yowl".  Not, meow.  I don't think we have once in the year we have had him ever heard an actual meow from him.

 

The only other times we hear him is when the neighbor cat comes to the back door to taunt him.  Then all hell breaks loose but one would expect that 7.gif !!!

 

Laurie

 

 

post #25 of 54
I came upon this thread because I have one kitty that doesn't meow, he does have a little chirping sound that he makes sometimes. I have tried to get him to meow with a little treat but he won't. He purrs very easily when I talk to him or pet him. He was a rescue with his brother from a field near my house and his brother has voice and meows all the time for food etc. I have an older cat also that meows quite loudly so he does hear them but he refuses to be a vocal part of the clan. He is my favorite kitty because he is adorable and he has totally made himself comfortable with me.
post #26 of 54

I've seen cats that I thought were mute.  Our Punkin comes close, but he talks a little more than he did for many years.

post #27 of 54

I can only speak from my own experiences, but I have found that the cats I have owned that have been allowed outdoors (my family lives on a farm in the middle of nowhere, so many of our cats roamed quite often) were quite a bit more vocal than the cats I have owned that have been indoor cats their entire lives.

post #28 of 54

One of my aunt and uncle's cats was as mute as a cat can be while still making an audible noise. I have seen that cat meow for food as excitedly as possible with his mouth wide open, yet all I could hear was a tiny little mew. He's 18 years old now and still as healthy as a kitten.

post #29 of 54

I wouldn't worry about a lack of a meow... every cat I've owned has been different. High pitched, full bodied, or almost nothing at all (silent meows are the cutest!). Crumb hardly ever talks... the occasional tiny squeak at dinnertime if I'm taking too long with the food. But on car trips, if he gets mad at being on the road too long, he yowls in disapproval! laughing02.gif Harvey meows to get my attention. Or sometimes he'll be in the next room and start meowing. I think he gets lost sometimes. He's not the brighter of the two. jumping.gif

 

 

I'm curious about the idea above that cats don't use meowing to speak to one another... Crumb has always trilled instead of meow. Churrrr this, churr that... whether surprised or curious. Harvey picked up the trait as a result, and I often catch them groom one another or playing while churrring up a storm! It's like a conversation. They use it to find one another when they are separated, too.

post #30 of 54

My ten year old Loki is like that, he croaks as I call it. But I found out one day when I had to bath him for the first time(I didn't have him his whole life, just got him this past march) boy oh boy did he MEOW lol! But after that? Back to the croaks. Some kitties just don't feel the need to be that vocal with us for some reason.

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