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    The mmmrrr-Sound

    Isn't it just the cutest sound in their language? I just love it when they do that, like my Lily when she's greeting me by saying that.
    Or, when you approach them while they're resting (which I know you shouldn't do, but sometimes I just can't help it ), they'd sound like "mmmrrr?", like a question? I wonder what that means in our language! (most likely something like "Can't you just leave me alone, mom?")

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    I know, I love that sound! And, it does sound like a question they way it comes out. Love my kitties!

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    Cats have such a varied vocabulary - I am always amazed at the nuances that Eve exchanges with me when we "chat". Her "mrrr" sound is usually an answer to a question I might ask her - "mrrr" usually means "yes" - she has a completely different sound for "no" - hard to describe but it is sassy .

    Another sound I love is "mrrrp" - it's a happy sound.
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    Apparently that is a greeting - the mrrrp with the rising note at the end. It can also mean "you are pretty". I try that on my cats and get the sweet blinking eyes, which is apparently the human equivalent of blowing kisses!

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    Sometimes I get an emphatic "Mrrrr!" Like, "Stop what you're doing, human, and pay attention to meeeeeeee!" But yes, most of the time "Mrrr" is a happy sound from Cassie
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    Hi Kirsten,
    It's great to hear from you again! I definitely agree, I love when Groucho makes the mmmrrr sound. When I get in from work, we sit together and talk about what he did all day. He has quite a variety of sounds and each one is great. While I often wonder what our kitties are saying to us, at times I also wonder what's going on in their little minds.

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    I agree. I love that sound, too!



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    I hear that soothing sound from the Empress Josephine all the time and it makes us both happy
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    Oh yes, I'm sure everyone's translation is right and it's a greeting sound, a happy sound... However, the one that sounds like a question always make me think it's the feline way of asking "what's up?", or something like that.

    Candace, yes, I know what you mean re. blinking being the feline version of blowing kisses. I read somewhere it's their smile. My girls love doing that, it makes them happy when I'm blinking at them, and they would blink/smile back. It's very sweet actually.

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    Apropos of this, one of Oscar's nicknames is "Muttering Boy". He rarely actually MEOWS.
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    Maybe it's because he is in trouble a lot but sometimes when I say Chip, I get a sound like what? out of him.
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    I can tell what Jax is doing by his meow (or sounds). I can tell he is chasing a bug, or wants in the closet, or wants me to turn on the water in the sink.
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    Quote Originally Posted by momcat View Post
    Hi Kirsten,
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    While I often wonder what our kitties are saying to us, at times I also wonder what's going on in their little minds.
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    Oh, yes, I often wonder about that, too! I would LOVE to know what they are thinking!

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    Diamond makes that "mrrp?" sound; and yes, it is a question! Spike meow sounds almost like "Hello"!
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    Bringing this old thread up because I just heard another sound from Cassie that I love. When she hops up on the bed, she lets me know she is there: "Mm-ROUT!" Which is different from the loud ""Wake up! I'm hungry! Feed me!" meow.
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