The below content replicates the content of the physical exhibit at CSU Spur. It can be used for reference, language translation, and additional accessibility.
What is your cat saying?
Cats use body language and vocalizations, such as purring and meowing, to communicate. Listening to your cat can help you give it what it needs. What is this kitten trying to tell you?
Kittens meow to their mothers. Adult cats meow to communicate with humans. A meow usually means your cat wants or needs something from you.
Cats usually purr when they’re happy, but they can also use the vibrations from purring to soothe themselves if they are sick or upset.
Cats don’t like to be surprised. Approaching a cat from behind where it can’t see you might result in a surprised and defensive hiss.
Back away from a growling cat. Cats growl to let you know they are in distress, frightened, or annoyed.