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Why Do Cats "Silent Meow"

The Mystery of the Silent Meow - Part 1


Probably everyone who has interacted with their kitty has seen, and almost heard it.

Your cat looks at you. She might give you a little eye blink. Her mouth slowly opens. A meow mouth movement is made a time or two. You hear a raspy little squeak, a breath, or nothing at all.

It is the “Silent Meow.”

Uh oh! Do you need to grab the phone to call an audiologist for yourself, or a veterinarian for your suddenly mute cat?

No phone call is needed. Your kitty is just communicating with you in a special way.

The problem is... What is being communicated?

No one is exactly sure what the silent meow is, though there is certainly a great deal of speculation about the topic.

What is kitty thinking? What is she trying to say? Here are some ideas:

  • Kitty is overwhelmed with affection for you. She is so in love and overcome with emotion that she simply cannot speak. There are no words.
  • Kitty is hungry... very hungry. Kitty needs food desperately. She is trying to tell you “I am so famished and weak. I can barely make a sound. Please, please feed me before I lose consciousness. And by the way, how about some of that tuna salad I saw you mixing up a little while ago? My dry food is so tedious.”
  • Kitty meows with gusto most of the time. That takes energy. Kitty is a little sleepy at present and needs some quite time. “Let’s all speak with our 'indoor voice' right now, okay? Just like this. . .”
  • Your cat meows and tries to communicate her needs every day. All day. You rarely seem to understand the task she would like you to perform. You do not laugh at her funny stories. You never compliment her on her witty turn of phrase. Kitty surrenders. You are obviously quite dull. “Oh, what’s the point in trying again? I give up.”

So, how about your cats? What are they trying to tell you? What do you think?

Write Fancy at
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and let her know what you think your cat's silent meow means.

In the next newsletter, Fancy will share some of her findings with you in
The Mystery of the Silent Meow - Part 2.

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