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Monday, March 05, 2018

Lifestyle: Why Do Cats Meow? In Collaboration With Whiskas*

Everything you need to know about cats | Why do cats meow?

All You Need To Know About Cats

If you're a cat owner, you'll be familiar with the idea that cats can sometimes be the weirdest and most adorable pets around. 

If you follow my Instagram and Instastories, you'll know that I'm totally smitten with our Persian cat Mia (she's still a kitten in my eyes as she's still SO tiny!). I'm quite obsessed with posting pictures and videos of Mia's adorable poses and capturing her hilarious personality on camera, which comes to life on a daily basis. 

Quite fittingly, Whiskas* reached out and asked me to participate in their Everything You Wanted to Know about Cats campaign, in particular, exploring why do cat's meow. Whiskas has developed a series of informative videos designed to educate and entertain. They want to encourage knowledge sharing and education about proper cat care between cat owners and cat lovers alike. 

So Why Do Cats Meow?

If you're a cat owner yourself, you'll be aware that cats all have their individual character traits and unique personalities, however, as a feline species, some behaviours they will always do in unity, like meowing. 

Cats meow for a variety of reasons. In short, it's their way of communicating with the humans. I find it quite interesting that cat's don't meow at each other, it is a pure communication bridge between cat and owner. Although, when small kittens, they will meow in order to let their mum know they are cold or hungry. 

Your cat could be meowing for a multitude of reasons; whether she/he is hungry, attention seeking (we experience this far too often!), is feeling ill, stressed, aging or maybe even just greeting you hello. 

From our personal experience, since we brought Mia home two years ago, she has always been a very quiet and timid cat. She rarely meows... much to our dismay... as we always assumed our / any cat would be the loudest chatterbox. 

But seriously, we wouldn't change her for the world, hands down she is the prettiest cat I have ever since and quite frankly has never grown out of her "kitten mode". Friends and family frequently comment on how small she is. When we picked her out her mother was always petite so we always knew our little Mia would be a petite grown-up too. 

She has the tiniest of button noses, the biggest googly eyes, the fluffiest rear and generally, radiates the loveliest and warmest nature towards me and Alex. Did I mention she's utterly hilarious too? She has us both in stitches on a daily basis with her unique personality. 

Oh, and when she does happen to meow, she quite literally melts our hearts. 

When Mia does meow, there tends to be quite a routine meow structure that follows in our house, either... 

I've reached for her water bowl, turned on the tap and shes figured its freshwater time - trigger cute meow meaning "I'd like to have my water now please"

I've just pulled into the driveway after a stressful at work and I'm making my way towards the door. Cue meowing and persistent scratching at the front door. This is the "Hello. Hello. YAY your home. Open the door. Hello." meow - the cutest greeting after a long day work. 

Its 6.30am, cue loud, long meows and scratching on the living room door downstairs - this means "Oi, let me upstairs I want to jump on the bed, rub against everything and want you to tickle behind my ears please"

Meep. Meep. Meep! There's a bird, cat, pigeon, person outside or we are teasing her with the laser pen. Cue short chattering meep sounds - the cutest. 

I shake the Dreamies bag followed by... "DREAMIES. DREAMIES. DREAMIES" or I start opening a tin of tuna... cue uncontrollable meowing. 

We love our little bundle of fluff and wouldn't change her for the world. Minimal meows and all. 

What's your favourite cat trait? Are there any unanswered questions you have about your fluffy feline friend? I'd love to hear - let me know in the comments. 

(*) This post is a collaboration with Whiskas, but all thoughts are my own. Check out their website and their KIT hub for more information on why do cats meow and their Youtube video for fantastic KIT videos. (*)

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