British Shorthair Cats and meowing“Talking” isn’t just an indulgent way of describing a cat’s meow – your British Shorthair really is trying to speak to you. The familiar cat’s meow is not a vocalisation that typically occurs in feral domestic cats. The natural vocalisations of a cat are hard for humans to hear; they’re pitched at a range above our normal frequency spectrum. We can hear our cats because they have developed the meow: a special sound produced largely for the benefit of humans, an attempt to generate something like human speech. There’s a canard in circulation that the meow is an attempt to mimic a human infant, and thus persuade the human to adapt and “baby” the cat. This plays to a lot of unfair stereotypes – the idea that cats are duplicitous, tricksy; that they want to con us in some way. A more accurate version of events is that cats developed their mew in a special effort to be heard, to communicate with humans. Small kittens are born making little squeaks and peeps rather than full-throated meows – they learn that from their mothers and from being around humans. Cats who are not exposed to human speech when they’re small often won’t meow. I fostered a British Shorthair mix once who’d spent his kittenhood as part of a semi-feral family of cats, completely neglected by their owner; his mother was able to meow but this cat could only manage a high-pitched squeak. Hearing this kittenish “Meep!” coming out of a hulking adult tom was incongruous and rather disarming. The “meow” vocalisation is a social act. It’s hardly surprising that the most sociable of cats, the British Shorthair, would meow a lot. If Shorthairs are more vocal than other cats, it’s only because they want to talk to you. These chatty Cathies of the cat world are just trying to be understood. Your British Shorthair may meow for a number of reasons: to say hello when you come in from outside, to get you to pay attention to her, to beg for a snack, to get you to open the door. Sometimes your cat’s meow can be a symptom of a health problem, which you’ll need to address with help from your vet.
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Why does my British Shorthair meow at night?If your furry friend is loud during the night, it can be down to simple boredom. Cats aren’t precisely nocturnal but they do tend to be more active at night than during the day. If your cat has been snoozing all day while you’re at work, an unfortunate consequence may be that she’s lively during the night hours when you need to get to sleep. She will then meow to get you to wake up and play. One way to deal with this is to set aside some time in the evening to play with her so that she’s properly tired out before bedtime. Another trick is to leave a toy or something she can play with, especially the puzzle toys that distribute small amounts of food. Your cat may also be feeling insecure and lacking in affection; this is a distinct possibility if you’re not home much, especially if your schedule is irregular. Try to arrange to leave and come home at the same time every day. Again, making sure you spend plenty of time interacting with your British Shorthair can help. You might also consider having a friend or a pet-sitter come to visit during the day that your Shorthair doesn’t get lonely. They’re social and loving cats and may feel neglected if they don’t get the affection they crave. It’s important, though, that you avoid rewarding her for pestering you. Don’t jump up to play with your British Shorthair as soon as she starts meowing – wait till she’s quiet, then reward quietness with attention. [sc name=”CAT SHOP SELEDIN”]
Are British Shorthair Cats More Likely to Cuddle if They Meow a Lot?
British shorthair cats’ affection for cuddles is not necessarily linked to their meowing behavior. While some cats may vocalize more to seek attention and affection, others may be quieter but equally loving. Each cat has its own unique personality, and their inclination to cuddle or meow depends on various factors, such as their upbringing, environment, and individual preferences. As with any cat, providing love and creating a comfortable space will likely foster a strong bond and cozy cuddles.