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What is this street cat asking for, with continuous meowing?

If she's not satisfied with food/drink it may be that she is actually seeking nothing more than attention. Adult cats don't meow to each other (in cat-world it's only used to communicate between ...
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What is this street cat asking for, with continuous meowing?

The gist of the question is how to infer what a cat is asking for. Generally, I make myself available to the cat. Acknowledge their meow, make eye contact, stand in front of them, and wait for the ...
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What is this street cat asking for, with continuous meowing?

Feral cats don't meow at people, as a rule. I have cared for some ferals that eventually meowed at me after years of consistent feeding (I have a managed, TNR-ed colony). Your visiting cat has had ...
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Why does my cat's meow have no sound?

From what my vet said when discussing my silent meower (who was perfectly healthy and lived to 21), there are several reasons a cat would meow but not make any noticeable sound. The most common ...
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How can I show a cat that I am unhappy with one of their actions?

If you flinch and say "ow', that's a pretty universal mammalian signal... If it isn't that bad, I've had pretty good success in persuading my cats by reaching around and lifting the tips of their toes ...
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Does my cat hate me now

Cats do not hate but they get scared at times when unexpected things happen and might need a bit of time to get over it. Cats learn from experiences in the same way as you and I do and sometimes it ...
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Did my cat just spit at/on me?

Hard to say. You're relaying what you noticed which could be a partial picture. I wouldn't give it too much credence though, from the sound of it the behavior was just a spur of the moment thing. ...
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What forms of "body language" can be identified in snake behaviour?

There are roughly three kinds of moods you need to be able to tell apart in snakes: Hungry / looking for food Scared / pissed off Relaxed / exploring around How exactly these moods look differs ...
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Why does my cat meow a lot more since moving?

It might be a sign that your cat is somewhat insecure; that he is anxious. I think with his meow he is saying: "Where am I? Where is my place, my territory?" A toy is a substitute for a captured prey,...
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Cat hisses then immediately blinks at dog

Slow blinking in cats is often thought of as an expression of affection by humans, but that is only half the truth. On its own, it is merely a signal communicating that the cat is not preparing for an ...
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My 3 year old cat's meow changed from a squeak to a meow

My cat did something similar. When he was kitten, he would not mew at all or would kind of squeak or move his mouth as if he was trying to. When he noticed the positive effect of this, it encouraged ...
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What does this cat's tail mean?

That is not a normal tail position for a cat. In fact, I don't think cats normally can lay their tails on their back like that. I suspect the cat you saw may just have a kink in its tail that is ...
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How to approach a dog for the first time?

I know this is an old question, but I feel I needed to correct some things. I'd add that you shouldn't look directly at the dog either, as that can sometimes be interpreted as a challenge. – ...
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How to approach a dog for the first time?

The way I was taught is: Approach at a moderately slow pace, a bit slower than a walk No loud sounds, no teeth, just approach 'naturally' Place your hand out in a loose fist or fingers pointing down, ...
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How can I show a cat that I am unhappy with one of their actions?

Important point: like most animals, cats need immediate feedback to understand what you're responding to. Effectively, they don't remember what they did a few minutes ago, or at least don't consider ...
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Do cats meow only for humans?

Cats in the wild are solitary animals so vocal communication is not very useful, scent marking is more useful for cats when it comes to keeping other cats away and at the same time give information ...
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My cat waves her tail when I make funny sounds. What does this mean?

Cats wave their tails for many reasons. Other aspects of what it does with its tail and its general body posture can help inform what is the exact reason it's waving it. How intensely is it waving ...
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Why does my cat's meow have no sound?

I realize I'm coming super late to this conversation but I wanted to add my own experience with my cat because I've yet to come across anything that explains or sounds like the situation with my cat. ...
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Is she trying to talk?

It is possible that your rabbit is mimicking you, but doubtful she is trying to communicate by talking. Rabbits do learn by watching others, and mimic that behavior. In the photo below the black ...
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What is this street cat asking for, with continuous meowing?

It's hard to translate an unfamiliar cat's vocalizations. They tend to develop a "meow-language" with their human companions over time, but this can vary quite a bit between cats. My wife used to ...
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How can I show a cat that I am unhappy with one of their actions?

Actually, cats are very sensitive to emotions, especially towards the human that the cat had decided to be his/her "leader" of the pack (known as owner, cat do not acknowledge us as their "owner", ...
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Why does my cat's meow have no sound?

Our ten year old female bi-colour tabby gives silent meows 99% of the time. She has many other peculiar traits that I have never witnessed in lots of other cats. Why the silent meow? I think that ...
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Is it okay to talk to a dog?

It does not harm, but your dog has no clue what you're saying. They are, however, very adept at reading body language cues, so it can sometimes seem like they 'understand'. (They do, but they ...
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Why does my cat meow in front of the door?

Cats meow mostly for one reason, to communicate with humans. Feral cats usually don't meow. Also, meowing is akin to a baby crying to its mother. Domesticated cats retain this behavior with us, since ...
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How can I make my cat trust my lap?

Kneel down (so she is not too high) and pick her up. Support her by her hind legs and bottom with one hand, and her front legs with the other. Hold her loosely so that she does not feel constrained ...
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Is there a Professional Method of training a cat?

Are cats just naturally non-listeners? Some people have told me that due to their "sassy" prideful or completely opposite (scared) attitudes, they are very tough to teach them to do really anything. ...
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Is it possible to teach my cat to express what he wants though visual cues?

Yes, you can teach your cat to show you what he wants. However, it will take some time and the cat is not the only one that is learning in this situation. The age of the cat is not important for the ...
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Do dogs and other intelligent animals (cows, etc.) blink to communicate?

TLDR: Eye blinking does occur in social contexts, but also reflexively (to moisten the eye) and in situations where the individual feels relaxed or is mentally processing. It's impossible to conclude ...
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My female cat hisses and pins down my kitten before licking her and cuddling her?

Cats hiss to intimidate another into not attacking, and pinning a cat stops any attack physically plus establishes dominance. It’s possible your older female is still a bit nervous around the kitten; ...
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Why does my cat's meow have no sound?

Thanks for opening the discussion. I have a silent meower, he's healthy in every other way. The only unusual thing I noticed is that as a kitten he had faintly bad breath and still has it. He meows in ...
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