How Do Cats Communicate with Each Other?

Learning your pet’s behavior isn’t an easy thing, as it calls for determination and observance. In my early years, I used to wonder, “How do cats communicate with each other?” But once I’ve become an owner of three cats, I have found the answer to the question of how cats talk.

From vocalization to body language and scent, cats communicate pretty well. While humans are used to relying on vocal signals, animals have developed more efficient ways of interacting and forming deeper connections with each other. 

But how do cats express satisfaction or dissatisfaction? How does a cat communicate when another feline invades the territory? Do cats understand each other? Below, you can find answers to these questions, as well as the helpful tips on understanding cats’ communication that I have gained through the years of learning about their behavior.

How Do Cats Socialize with Each Other – Three Main Ways

two cats communicate with each other

It is not news that all animal species have developed unique ways of understanding their own type. It became possible through learning and reproducing different sounds and behavior patterns, portraying such feelings as aggression, liveliness, or joy. Domestication did not affect pets’ ability to socialize with each other, and it’s a common story to see cats speaking to each other if you own more than one feline.

So, how do cats talk to other cats? Cat communication happens through three main ways:

  • Vocalization that includes the use of sounds, such as hissing, meowing, and purring;
  • Body language ;

Let’s take a closer look at each way. Below, I’ve gathered brief information on the specifics of each method so that you could understand your felines better.

Vocalization – Do Cats Communicate with Each Other by Meowing?

Cat meowing

Vocalization is the most known way of cats’ communication. However, it is mainly reserved for humans because it is not the main means for inter-cat socializing. Felines can produce three sounds, namely:

  • Purring, or murmuring;
  • Meowing;
  • Growling.

You can easily differentiate these sounds depending on their intensity, with purring being the peaceful one. Meowing is the most known sound, as humans quickly recognize and hear it. Domestic cats, as compared to feral ones, mainly use meowing to attract the attention of people and get what they need. But do cats meow at other cats? When it comes to communicating with each other, felines prefer making sounds other than meowing. You may hear purring if your cats do well with each other, or hissing if they haven’t get used to each other yet.

Why do you hear cats chirping at each other? For example, the mother cat usually uses chirps to tell the kitten to follow her. Felines recognize this sound as something intimate and may use it for inter-cat communication even after becoming adults.

To sum up, vocalization is a way of communication that cats use to express their physical or emotional status. While high-pitched sounds can show fear, meowing is mainly used to communicate with humans or as a sign of satisfaction. You will rarely hear growl