Feline Mysteries: Why Do Cats Meow? What Are They Saying? 

Contrary to popular belief, cats are excellent communicators! While we can certainly intuit what they are trying to say with head bumps, slow eye blinks, and a flicking tail, perhaps the most useful tool is a cat’s voice. They meow at us, or in our general direction, but what exactly are they saying?

Again, we can guess at the meaning of certain sounds, but could there be a better explanation behind why cats meow?

Their Very Nature

Cats typically reserve their meowing for the people they know, however, some domesticated cats will certainly use their voice box (in addition to chirping, hissing and yowling, etc.) to get a point across to another feline in the house. Feral cat experts say it’s quite rare to hear a stray cat meow to another stray or feral cat

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Kidney Disease in Cats 

Chronic kidney disease in cats occurs when renal function progressively diminishes over time. This situation happens when the kidneys cannot function adequately and will progressively lead to kidney failure at a later stage. 

This condition may spell panic when a loving cat owner gets the diagnosis. However, with the proper supports, many cats continue to live a great, long life.

Let’s take a closer look at feline kidney disease, its causes, and treatment.

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Good News! We’re Hard-Wired to be Successful at Kitten Care 

The ancestors of present day domestic cats, aka felis silvestris, strategically deduced that living alongside people was highly beneficial to their species’ survival. After all, our own ancestors were more than willing to feed and shelter adorable, delightful, furry friends who conveniently reduced the rodent population. 

But just because cats and people are a purr-fect match doesn’t mean we always know exactly what they need or want. This is especially true during the delicate early months of kitten-hood. We love them so much, and they deserve the best of kitten care 101.

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