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What does all the trilling mean?

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My Siamese cat will carry on a whole conversation with me...she trills, I trill back, she meows, I meow back. It could go on for hours. Speck makes a rmphing noise when he enters the room, I guess to annouce his prescence, but he doesn't trill to me. However, he trills at Daisy all time. She is a cat of little words, she doesn't trill back though she occasionally meows or growls. I wonder what he is saying to her? I trill back to him when he does it, but he directs all his attention toward her. I wonder what he is saying to her? And surely she understands cat language, so why doesn't she answer him?
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I think, for the most part, cats are just trying to express themselves... but there's no meaning to the message. They do it because they can. I have one that chirp/trills all the time and there's usually no reason for him to be bugging me for something (food, to open the window, fetch toys, etc).
We listen and respond, thus they've achieved their goal.
post #3 of 6
As far as I know, trilling is a friendly communication. Mom cats do it to their babies. I try to trill at some of my scaredy cat rescues... sometimes it helps.
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My beloved old siamese, Jean-Claude, talked so much that he even spoke with his mouth full. Now I have Midge, who carries on conversations so loud that my neighbours can talk to her. My other two cats, Ian and Lilly talk to each other and rub noses but rarely talk to me. I guess that cats are like people, some people talk more than others.
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Originally Posted by nurseangel View Post
My Siamese cat will carry on a whole conversation with me...she trills, I trill back, she meows, I meow back. It could go on for hours.
hahaha yeah Skunk will do the exact same thing..we could have a meow conversation going back and forth for at least a few minutes before he gets bored..I have no idea what it's supposed to mean..perhaps a showing of affection? I try to make fun out of it by giving him a gritty voice and imagine he's ranting about everything..it certainly amuses me ^_^
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Friday trills and interestingly, my other cats learned to do so from him. Kit who's mother I found as a stray is the only member of her actual family to do so. Her mother didn't and her half-sister didn't. Neither did her litter mates who I found homes for. Seti does it too but I don't know for sure that he learned it from Friday. Seti makes a whole host of noises and never shuts up so it may be that he would have done it anyhow!
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