Questions tagged [vocalizations]

The sounds a pet makes: barking, meowing, or otherwise, and how to manage or interpret them.

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How much purring is too much purring?

I have an adolescent cat that I adopted as a kitten. For some time now I have noticed that he is purring a lot. I know that when giving affection this behavior is normal but my cat seems to start ...
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Why does my cat (almost) constantly purr while he's awake?

I've heard cats purr to show contentment (though humans who want that to be true may be imagining it). WebMD suggests they purr (1) to get our attention ("feed me!"); (2) when content ("petting time")...
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Positive reinforcement to diminish barking

This is a question for my friend who has a (female) Chihuahua (8 years old) named Maple. She has a tendency to bark at pretty much every person who enters the house, even if it's family and friends. ...
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How do I stop my dog from barking at random strangers

We have a 3 month old puppy who is 50% Anatolian Shepherd and 50% unknown (though we suspect some bloodhound). She is very gentle at playing, loves meeting and playing with new people, and has never ...
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Do rabbits make any sounds?

I'm considering a pet rabbit and I am wondering about noise issues. If dogs bark and cats meow, do rabbits make any noises, or are they silent?
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How do I stop my Shiba puppy from screaming at the top of his lungs everyday at 6am?

How do I stop by Shiba puppy from screaming at the top of his lungs everyday at 6am, both in the short term and in the long term? He is currently being crated at night and for a few hours during the ...
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Cat Vocal Exercises for a cat with a quiet voice?

Ok, I know this one is sort of weird but here it is: Is there any sort of vocal exercises for my cat? Backstory: I had a few cat's and I enjoyed hearing them purr, mew and etc. The problem is that my ...
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How to humanely discourage a dog from barking?

After reading this very unpleasant next item (a dog whose muzzle was shut with electrical tape) I became curious: how would you humanely discourage, prevent or forbid a dog to bark excessively ?
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How can I teach my puppy to not bark when we leave the room?

We have a new Samoyed puppy, and he's a vocal little guy. I could ignore it if we weren't in an apartment, but he barks. A lot. It's at it's worst when he sees us leave the room, the house, or ...
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Male cat in heat symptoms and solution

I think my cat (male, 1 yr and 2 months old) is in heat (please pardon me if "heat" is not the right term for male cats). I have dogs, but he is my first cat. He is meowing very loudly and ...
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What is this street cat asking for, with continuous meowing?

There's this cat in the neighborhood which doesn't have an owner, and I suspect she has never had one since she's very cautious and doesn't get very close. I left her food sometimes: lately for about ...
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How do I stop my dog from barking at people through the fence?

What is the best way to stop my fenced-in dog from barking at people who are passing by on the street?
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What does this cat want from me when meowing accusingly?

My girlfriend has an indoor cat that now lives together with us. I never had any pets before, so I have a hard time interpreting. Sometimes, she will approach me and meow in a voice that sounds like “...
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How do I get my dog to stop barking in the morning?

Our charming rockaway wolf is about 9 months old and is turning out to be a great alarm clock. He is up at 5:55 am every morning trying to nose us out of bed. If nudging and blanket yanking and elbow ...
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5-month puppy first day at home: guarding couch, growling, biting

Apologies for the long post in advance! After our beloved Dobermann passed away some time ago, we decided to get a new dog. We picked a cute 5-month mixed race puppy from a local shelter. In the ...
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Why do cats often screech when mating?

My friend has two pet cats. I saw them mating. After mating, when the male jumped off her back, the female cat screeched. This is not to be mistaken with cats fighting, he didn't bite her or anything....
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What distinct sounds do guinea pigs make? and what onomatopoeias are commonly used to describe them?

I've been reluctant to ask this question as there many lists like this all over the net. However, another question I had about cavies made that there isn't a good list of all synonyms and what ...
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How can I stop my dog barking and growling at strangers and guests?

My dog is a 7 month old chihuahua/ dachshund. She's actually really playful and nice if she knows you, but she will bark and growl if your a new person. She won't let you pet her, and I really need ...
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7 month dog growls/barks at anyone in the house when I am away

I have a 7 month old intact male Border Collie. I got him when he was ~4 months. I live with three other roommates and close to my family. When I first got him, he was timid around people and would ...
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Female pug getting too excited

I own a female pug, who is one year and ten months old. She is acting too naughty recently: she digs into our blankets and jeans, bites sleeves--but only those of my 14 years old sister--and pulls ...
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What was my dog trying to communicate with this part-howl while meeting new people on a walk?

I'm guessing that's a tricky question to answer, so I'm going to provide lots of details. Thanks for your patience! tl/dr: I was out for a walk with all of my kids. My dog does well with kids (...
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In which case rabbits give noise?

My female rabbit gives noise if she is grooming her back. It sounds like her breath gets out because of to small space for air in her lungs. Like a human with a big belly making noise by getting the ...