My previous Bengal, Mozzie, was incredably vocal and it was his constant chatter, amongst other things, that really started my fascination in the breed, and was probably why the house seemed so empty when he crossed the Rainbow Bridge. We now know we will
always have a Bengal in our house from now on.
Our Snow Bengal, Pau Sau - or Pauie for short, has so many different meows, and tones, its like a whole new language.
Whenever someone is at the door, he tuns to the door and stands there and has this very big loud aggressive, short sharp meow. If you are talking to him, he will adjust the meow to the similar tone in your voice. As he is apparently quite ill ( he's doing really well on the Homeopathy, at the moment, no-one who'd see him would believe he has Bowel Cancer ! ), when he was really sick, I'd rock him in my arms like a bady, and softly say to him " are you my poor Pauie ??? My poor, poor Pauie ??? " and he'd half close his eyes and in a pathetic but heart melting whine in a similar quiet tone, whine back " yeeessss ". He still does it after pill time, as he gets the attention he craves.
He has another meow to tell us " I'm going to be sick " and another
one for " I need the toilet, but I need you to make sure the kitty
litter is clean first ".
When he wants feeding, he'll have another entirely different meow.
If you ask him if he wants the food, he'll meow in that tone, and because we've cruel and he's so insanely cute, we ask " sorry what was that " so he'll meow again. When he's had enough of that game without getting the required result, he takes to 'shouting' his
meow, in the same tone, but louder, and with an added snarl face like the MGM lion. He then starts to get aggitated so we don't keep it up anymore.
He has meows for hello, and when he sees us go out, he wails, and
paces the house looking for any person he finds, and then does this kind of " Oh thank God ! " kind of yelp and purrs his head off.
When he wants to play with Puffycat, he has this chirrup reving up period, and with every chirrup comes a little circle of excitment
of the impending pounce and bite, while Puffycat calmly lays there thinking " *Sigh* here we go again ! " This can go one for 10 minutes, before the attack. He lunges for the neck and holds it
a few seconds, before letting go and running away, and doing this victorious long meow. Puffycat occassionaly has the odd scab which is worrying, but he never seems to react and touch wood has always been fine when checked out by the vet. Thank God he has long hair !
When he wants to play with me, he is more demanding and will
just give short sharp loud blasts of meows. When he's going to
do something naughty, like stalk the birdcage - or the food from your plate, and you ask him " Whatcha doin ??? " he'll give a very innocent quick meow ". If he's actually in the act, so to speak, he'll not answer at all. If he's not answering, and you so
" Noooo ", he yowl back in the same tone like a little child mimicking you. If he ignores us, and grabs the food from the
plate and I tug of war with him ( even down to prising open his jaws
and taking the item from him, as he desperately tries to swallow )
he'll have this really weird, wildcat sounding, yowl, meow, growl thing, then straight away after its been removed from him, he'll
adopt the " Butter wouldn't melt " look and tone of voice.
If he hisses, which is rare, its so unlike a normal hiss, and seems
to resonate from within, and be rather drawn out, before he stalks away.
Generally, if he doesn't get his way, he will 'shout' his required
request at us. Recently, I've been teaching him to quieten it down
on command if he really shouts loudly, as he still is getting the
attention he wants - the demanding little critter ! As he meows
I merely repeat in a quieter tone " Quiet Meows " and he after two
or three shouts, will copy the tone and pitch, and finally hit a more
pleasanter volume. On the other hand, if you ask him to speak up
or shout, he'll do that too. Pauie is certainly very perceptive and
loves the tricks and things I teach him, and the tricks and things he trains me to do !
So, I may well be totally mad for holding full conversations with my Pauie, but at least my Pauie is communicating back...well...er...
...that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it !